MEET DARLING & FARRAH 💕 These 5 year old girls were just released to us and came from a private home in Georgia although they have been breeding dogs all of their lives. They are not littermates but are just a few months a part and have always been together. They are very bonded - we’ve been describing them as “one dog with two heads!” 👯♀️ They give each other kisses, sleep curled up in each other, and even their tails wag in sync with each other!
Yesterday we took these girls through their intake vetting and they do have some medical needs that we are now addressing. Both girls are obese, each weighing about 10 pounds more than their ideal weight. This is heartbreaking because the girls are so uncomfortable and struggle to move and breathe. We have started them on our weight management plan and gettting the weight off is priority, especially because Darling has a luxating patella, and Farrah has a blown ACL! Once the weight is off, she will meet with our otho specialist to see if a surgical repair is an option for her.
They also both have UTIs which is also likely directly correlated to their weight. We have started them on antibiotics and urinary support supplements and will recheck urine in 2 weeks. We are also treating Farrah for ear infections.
The girls underwent their spay surgeries and dental cleanings, and Farrah also had an umbilical hernia repair. Our surgeon found evidence of multiple, multiple c-section surgeries on poor Darling which has left her with fibrous tissues in her abdomen so they put in a mesh implant. We will be sure to keep you posted on their weight loss transformations 💜
UPDATE FEBRUARY 1st;
Sweet 5 year old Farrah in Baton Rouge, Louisiana met with an orthopedic surgeon to further evaluate her knee and see if she is a surgical candidate. Of course her other half, Darling, came for moral support 💜 Farrah came in with a torn CCL (the canine version of the human ACL) leaving her with a substantial limp and gait change, although we weren’t sure how old the injury was. After evaluating her further, the surgeon feels as though she would benefit from a repair so we will be moving forward with that soon!