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Senior Pet Project: Our Precious Bullet

At 10 years 7 months Bullet found himself at Sydney Dogs and Cats Home.  Thankfully this old boy was microchipped, but when the team called the phone numbers and sent a letter to the address listed on the chip, no one came forward to reclaim Bullet.

Your stereotypical grandpa, Bullet loved a stroll and a natter with both humans and dogs alike.  However, Bullet had some obvious health issues.  He had very wobbly hind legs and would drag his back feet.  He had difficulty breathing a result of his breeding as he is a Pug cross Shih Tzu and has the typical brachycephalic flat face that results in the airways being obstructed.  And as seems to be the case with most of our senior residents, Bullet needed to have his teeth attended to.

With no owner coming forward after 14 days, Bullet was transferred into our care, and the team immediately organised to give him such much needed TLC in the form of veterinarian treatment.

It is only through the generous donations from individuals in the community that we can provide our neglected and abandoned senior pets with the care they require to gain a new leash on life.

X-rays were taken of Bullet’s spine and hips, and this revealed that our darling boy had severely dysplastic (malformed) hip joints and resultant arthritis.  While in our care we provided Bullet with a course of medication to help treat his osteoarthritis.  A soft palate surgery to free up Bullet’s airways was also performed.  Bullet for the first time in more than 10 years would now be able to breathe easily.  His teeth were cleaned and dental X-rays, which revealed a minor crack in his molar, were taken.

Bullet was a new man and ready to find his forever home.  Fortunately for Bullet it didn’t take long to find that one special person who was willing to provide Bullet with a loving home and ongoing veterinary treatment for his arthritis.

We believe every senior deserves a second chance, and thanks to the generous support of individuals like you, we can provide seniors like Bullet with proper care and treatment so they can find new loving homes to enjoy their golden years.

Please give now to the Senior Pet Project to help us continue to transform the lives of our senior residents.

ABOUT SENIOR PET PROJECT

Our Senior Pet Project, entering its second year, was started as an initiative not only to put a spotlight on these golden oldies to help with their rehoming, but also to raise the funds required for their much needed veterinary care and often prolonged stay at the Home.

With your support we are looking to raise $150,000 by 30 June to fund the Senior Pet Project for the next 12 months, enabling us to give the seniors entering our care a new leash on life.

Support the Senior Pet Project. Donate today.

Senior Pet Project: Molly

Eleven-year-old Molly was no stranger to Sydney Dogs and Cats Home.  She had been picked up and brought in by the council range four times.  Molly’s human had become ill and ultimately hospitalised, so a close friend had taken Molly into care.

Sadly Molly’s owner passed and Molly’s carer had another dog and unfortunately was unable to keep her permanently.   So we welcomed Molly back into the Home for the fifth time.

A beautiful senior with a sweet temperament, we knew we would be able to find Molly a new loving home to spend her retirement years.  However before we did that, we needed to address some medical issues.

Molly, like many of our seniors, needed that bit of extra veterinary care before she would be ready to be rehomed.  We are able to provide our senior residents like Molly with the essential treatment they need thanks to the support of the community who generously donate to our Senior Pet Project.  Our goal is to raise $150,000 by 30 June in order to fund the Senior Pet Project for the next 12 months.

Molly had her blood taken and analysed to ensure she didn’t have any underlying health issues such as kidney disease.   A suspicious tumour adjacent to her mammary gland was removed surgically.  She also had a skin tag from the corner of her left eye and a mass from her left ear removed.  Dental X-rays showed her teeth were in good condition for a girl of her age.

But poor Molly had damaged her tail and the tip had died, so it needed to and was amputated.  Postoperatively Molly was given pain relief, and her bandages checked and changed regularly.

Molly recovered quickly from her surgery and was ready to find a new human to give her the love and care she deserved.  It only took a few short weeks for us to find Molly a new home where she could enjoy her twilight years.

Please donate now to support the Senior Pet Project and to give the senior’s like Molly the best possible veterinarian treatment they deserve.

 


ABOUT SENIOR PET PROJECT

Our Senior Pet Project, entering its second year, was started as an initiative not only to put a spotlight on these golden oldies to help with their rehoming, but also to raise the funds required for their much needed veterinary care and often prolonged stay at the Home.

With your support we are looking to raise $150,000 by 30 June to fund the Senior Pet Project for the next 12 months, enabling us to give the seniors entering our care a new leash on life.

Support the Senior Pet Project. Donate today.

 

Senior Pet Project: Bo Our Beloved Tripawd

Bo arrived at Sydney Dogs and Cats Home early in the new year.  A beautiful older Labrador, Bo walked well on a lead, knew a few tricks and had obviously been someone’s much-loved pet.  Sadly, Bo was not microchipped and no one came forward to reclaim this distinguished gentleman.

After 7 days Bo was transferred into the care of Sydney Dogs and Cats Home.  It had been obvious from the moment Bo entered the home that he had a large mass protruding from his left hock.

Our Chief Vet Officer Dr Christine Cole took a biopsy of the mass and sent it off to pathology for diagnosis.  The results revealed that Bo had a Mast Cell Tumour, the most common skin tumour found in dogs.  The team immediately set about liaising with our third-party off-site vet clinic to organise a suitable time and access to a surgical theatre in order to surgically remove the tumour from Bo’s leg.

Sadly when Dr Cole began operating on the tumour she found that the mass had infiltrated the surrounding tissue and tendons.  There was no way to remove the tumour leaving sufficient margin of healthy non-cancerous tissue.

An otherwise healthy and active dog, the team decided the best treatment option for Bo was to remove his left hind leg, ensuring the cancer was completely removed.  Once again access to the third-party vet clinic was organised and the surgery booked in.  The operation went smoothly, Bo being an ideal surgical candidate.

Post – op Bo was brought back to the shelter for observation and within less than 24 hours he was up and negotiating his way around the admin office.  Bo went back into foster care to patiently wait for his forever home and for the surgical site to heal.  Despite his beautiful demeanour and handsome good looks, it took several more weeks before Bo would eventually meet his perfect match and land himself a loving new home.

We are able to provide our senior residents like Bo with the essential care and support they need thanks to individuals like you who generously donate to our Senior Pet Project.  Our goal is to raise $150,000 by 30 June in order to fund the Senior Pet Project for the next 12 months.  Please donate now to support the Senior Pet Project and to give the senior’s like Bo the best possible veterinarian treatment they deserve.


ABOUT SENIOR PET PROJECT

Our Senior Pet Project, entering its second year, was started as an initiative not only to put a spotlight on these golden oldies to help with their rehoming, but also to raise the funds required for their much needed veterinary care and often prolonged stay at the Home.

With your support we are looking to raise $150,000 by 30 June to fund the Senior Pet Project for the next 12 months, enabling us to give the seniors entering our care a new leash on life.

Support the Senior Pet Project. Donate today.

 

Senior Pet Project: Django

A little eight-year-old, black and white Maltese, Django arrived at Sydney Dogs and Cats Home in a state of neglect. He had alopecia resulting in extensive hair loss on his tail, hind legs and back, probably as a result of flea allergy dermatitis. His nails were severely overgrown and he had grade 4 dental disease resulting in pain, severe tartar build-up and periodontal disease.

Although he was desexed Tango was not microchipped and no one came forward to claim this old soul.

His teeth were in such poor condition (image right) that the team immediately provided pain relief and organised for Django to have an emergency dental surgery resulting in the extraction of multiple teeth.

He also enjoyed a much-needed groom and was given Simparica to protect him from future flea infestation.  The team also ran bloodwork to rule out any underlying illnesses.  Thankfully Django was healthy and given the all clear.

Thanks to the support of the community and generous individuals who donate to the Senior Pet Project, we can provide the older residents like Django with the essential veterinarian care they require.

A staff favourite Django spent his days behind the reception desk until he was adopted. Thankfully just the right person came along, so Django only stayed with us for 11 days.

Our goal is to raise $150,000 by 30 June in order to fund the Senior Pet Project for the next 12 months.  Donate now to support the Senior Pet Project and give a senior like Django a new leash on life.


ABOUT SENIOR PET PROJECT

Our Senior Pet Project, entering its second year, was started as an initiative not only to put a spotlight on these golden oldies to help with their rehoming, but also to raise the funds required for their much needed veterinary care and often prolonged stay at the Home.

With your support we are looking to raise $150,000 by 30 June to fund the Senior Pet Project for the next 12 months, enabling us to give the seniors entering our care a new leash on life.

Support the Senior Pet Project. Donate today.