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posted Feb 24, 2011, 2:10 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 24, 2011, 2:39 PM ]
Logan is a dog we took in last month, whom we posted about here: CLICK ME

As you may know, Logan was a sweet 7 year old Shepherd mix who to us off of the euthanasia list at a Georgia shelter.  He behaved perfectly, and was calm during the whole four hour transport.

When we vetted him the next day, we found out that he was Heartworm positive.  He was immediately put on a slow kill treatment and put into a foster home, where he got along with a dominant dog and two children.  Soon, however, the foster mom noticed that he had walked into a wall and a couple of chairs, and that his when he gets up, his back legs sometimes wobble.  We took him to the vet, and found out that he was mostly blind, but can distinguish between light and dark colors.  The vet also took X-Rays of his back and legs, which revealed a ruptured disc in his back and a possible pelvic (hip) fracture.  These injuries were old, but it explained the weakness in his back legs.  The vet believed that Logan may have been hit by a car at some point in his life, which would also explain his sight restriction.

We started him on a regimen of steroids and pain medication, as well as Chiropractic visits to further relieve his pain.  Weeks later, however, he started having grand mal seizures.  We started him on medicine for it, but his health continued to decline.  The vet put him into an induced coma when he wouldn't stop seizing, and even under the coma, he continued to seize.  We had to make the extremely difficult decision to humanely euthanize him, as there was little to no chance that his condition would improve.

The result of all of this is many broken hearts and a large vet bill.  We know that we gave him a few weeks of painless bliss, and that it was all worth it.  We would greatly appreciate donations to pay off his vet bill of $540.