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!
UPDATE FEBRUARY 29th;
Yesterday, sweet Farrah In Louisiana underwent knee surgery to repair her torn cranial crucial ligament (CCL). We understand it has been torn for quite some time greatly affecting her mobility and quality of life. Now that the knee is stabilized we can’t wait to see her on the move... in due time! 💨 She has several weeks of strict rest and we know she will be well nursed by her “other half”, Darling, and her loving foster family 💜 She is at Baton Rouge Veterinary Specialists where she will be rechecked this morning and if all is well, will be discharged 🙌🏻 Hang in there sweet, Farrah! 💕
UPDATE March 13th:
Staples: Out ✔️
Starbucks puppuccino : Consumed ✔️
Farrah had a great 2 week post op recheck with her orthopedic surgeon. In two more weeks she will graduate from “crate test” to some limited activity. Hang in there, sweet Farrah 💜
UPDATE Aptil 12th; Farrah is on week 6 of her 8 week post-op recovery and was allowed free reign indoors (still has to be on leash outdoors until she's cleared on the 24th, though) this week. She's pretty pleased about regaining the ability to follow me around. Still not supposed to "run" so that's a bit of an issue when you open the refrigerator because she knows that's where her green beans live. 😂 Other than that, she's recovered like a champ and can't wait to partake in lizard hunting with Murph. 🦎 🦎
Darling is also pleased Farrah is no longer confined, since by default, she was in the x-pen too. Her choice. Not ours. She had an appt to check out her eyelid (was stung by a bee 🐝 ) and I nearly fainted when I heard she's down to 22.3 pounds. For reference, she came into rescue at a whopping 28.7 and the word "OBESE!" in all caps on her vetting paperwork. Both my vet and the tech were shocked she was the same dog. 😳
*Farrah also had "OBESE!" in all caps with an exclamation point on her vetting. She came in at 27.6 and is now down to 21.5.
We are pretty darn proud of both of these girls. 🐶❤️🐶