The animals that are coming in that are in desperate need of help just seem to get more and more heartbreaking. Cookie is the latest to come through our doors, looking for a solution to her many problems and a fresh start in life. Cookie is Pekingese that is about 8-1/2 years old. Little Cookie was purchased from a store when she was just a puppy, but recently had to be given up by her family. It seems that Cookie has been suffering for the last four years or more and her family was not able to get her the help that she needed due to financial difficulties. Thank goodness she is safe with us now, and is on the road to recovery.
Cookie went straight to our medical department when she came in to meet our head veterinarian, Dr. Baris. She had a thorough examination complete with bloodwork and skin scrapings, and although Cookie is in terrible shape right now, her condition is treatable. We've determined that Cookie's problems most likely began with a flea infestation at some point that caused an allergic reaction. When the skin irritation was not treated, her problems snowballed from there. Cookie has multiple yeast and bacterial infections of the skin, eyes, and ears, and she has lost most of her hair because of it. Her skin is inflamed, sagging, and as brittle and coarse as sandpaper. Her ear canals are difficult to find due to the swollen skin around her ears, and her eyes tear constantly from infection. She also has luxating patellas in her hind legs, which is causing her some difficulty with walking.
Even with all of this, Cookie just could not be any sweeter. During her lengthy examination, she let out the occasional whine when we stopped petting her for a moment, but she was just so friendly, affectionate, and well behaved. She is very eager to start getting better and while it will take a long, long time, we feel that we will get Cookie looking good and feeling fine once again. She will need multiple medications to treat her various infections. She will also need a medicated bath and soak every day for the next 6 to 8 weeks. We have also started Cookie on a hypoallergenic diet to help with her condition. This extensive treatment for little Cookie will take several months, so she is not available for adoption. This treatment will also be very costly, and we will again need our Res-Q Fund to save another pet in need. There is never, ever a time that this fund is not needed and it is needed now, more than ever. Please consider making a contribution to our Res-Q Fund. To make a donation to the Res-Q Fund it will go a long way to helping Cookie.
Cookie has a long road to recovery ahead of her, but we are confidant that we will get her there. Please stay tuned for more on our new little friend, Cookie.
Cookie is presently at the AHS Forked River facility. For more information, call 609-693-1900 or e-mail us.
UPDATE: Check out Cookie after her first treatment.
UPDATE! Cookie's latest update - November 15