Medical Fund

Your support saves lives.

You enable us to give all the extra veterinary care that is needed to dogs who need medical treatments or who have medical emergencies. Donations are tax-deductible. We have several medical cases. Please scroll down to see them all. Thank you!

OLIVER’s Cleft Palate

Oliver (formerly known as Blue) was born to Phoebe (see below) on June 27. Unfortunately, he has a cleft palate that caused him to aspirate milk resulting in pneumonia. It turns out that his cleft palate is more severe than it first appeared.

Oliver was admitted to NCSU School of Veterinary Medicine ER/ICU for nearly a week. We knew that he had a cleft in his hard palate; what we did not know until admission is that he also has a very large and wide cleft in his soft palate that reaches back to the top of his throat. This makes it difficult for Oliver to feed (although his suckle instinct is strong). His breathing was labored, so Oliver was taken into an isolation chamber and administered extra oxygen. Because of his neonate status, he had to stay in ICU for 24/7 monitoring.

While he is not a candidate for surgery until he’s a little older (both for a cleft repair and a semi-permanent—but temporary—feeding tube), as he grows and gains weight, we’ll be able to proceed with both surgeries.

Currently, the little guy is being tube fed in his foster home by a medically-experienced foster mom. A tube is threaded down his esophagus at each feeding of his formula (see video). This process will need to continue until Oliver can have a semi-permanent feeding tube inserted—unless he decides that he’d like to transition to gruel/kibble sooner rather than later, in which case we are hopeful it will not impact his cleft too much, and he’ll be able to obtain nutrition by eating like a normal puppy.

Overall, Oliver is progressing well! He is very cuddly. He loves snuggling up with his stuffed animals and in his blankets with mom’s scent. He’s really beginning to explore and just be a happy puppy!

He’s such a little fighter, and the least we can do is fight WITH him.

Cost: $7700 to date

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Pregnant Mama Phoebe…& Puppies!

UPDATE: Phoebe had her babies on June 27! There are 4 females and 3 males! One of the males was born with a cleft palate and is not able to nurse on his own without aspirating milk, so he’s a new medical case for us. He’s a fighter, though! Please see his section on this page to learn more.

The other puppies and mama are all in great shape. The babies are growing like weeds, and Phoebe is a wonderful mom. (And their human foster mom is also wonderful for taking on this big family!)

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We rescued pregnant Phoebe from a kill shelter, along with another Dane, Eleanor. Both girls had upper respiratory infections and were taken to vets immediately.  In Phoebe’s X-ray, how many puppies can you count?

We love puppies, but they are expensive for rescue. We typically spend at least $500 per puppy for basic wellness exams, vaccines and boosters, and spaying or neutering. This exceeds our adoption fees. Phoebe’s exam, X-rays, and meds for her URI cost $410, and she will also need to be spayed later on.

We appreciate any tax-deductible donations to help with vet bills for this sweet family. We also have an Amazon Wishlist for supplies to help the foster family.

Cost: at least $3650 

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Ginger

Sweet Ginger is 2 yr old Dane who got away from her previous owners and was gone for 4-5 days. When they got her back and took her to the vet for an injured foot, they were told she didn’t have fractures, but did have torn tendons. She was sent home in a soft cast. Her owners didn’t feel they had the money or time for follow-up care, so she was surrendered to rescue to help her with both. She also came to us about 20 lbs underweight at only 91 lbs.

After coming to rescue, it became clear her foot was not healing properly. We took her to see an orthopedist who re-did X-rays and found several fractures that had been missed by her original vet. Now, time has passed and the fractures are not healing properly. She has to have surgery to realign the bones in her foot and place some rods.

Her surgery was on May 14, and she did very well. See the photo here of the plate and screws needed to hold her bones in place while she heals. Her surgery and care cost approximately $4,000. Any donations to the rescue to help with this expense are immensely appreciated (and tax-deductible)!

Cost: $4000 

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Eddie & Witten

With us, they’ll have Sanctuary care for all their days.

Eddie & Witten have Wobblers Syndrome and will be Sanctuary Danes with Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love . “Sanctuary Dane” is a term for ‘forever’ foster dogs. This means that we know their conditions will likely prevent adoption, and we will continue to care for them  for their whole lives. GDFRL will take on all of Eddie’s & Witten’s medical expenses.

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EDDIE: Eddie is 2 yrs old. In his first week with our rescue, we spent $2500 on his diagnosis and medical care, and we appreciate the love and support from our community with donations during his first weeks with us. He was on anti-inflammatories for the first 3 months and now is doing well on maintenance care. We are going to explore possibly getting him Gold Bead implants when he’s older, per his vet’s recommendation.

WITTEN: Witten is 2.5 years old and came to GDFRL in late November 2018.  When Witten first came into the rescue, he was severely underweight and had awful sores & infections on his body and under his feet.  His back end was very weak and he could not stand for long periods of time.  We began noticing his back legs would  slip out from under him if he was on surfaces that did not have runners or carpeting on them.  His infections were treated with antibiotics and started on anti-inflammatories for his weakness.  We have learned that Witten has a pretty sensitive stomach and doesn’t seem to tolerate certain anti-inflammatories all that well.  We are working towards finding the right combo that works for him!

Their monthly maintenance routines to keep them moving around the best they can include both cold laser therapy and acupuncture treatments at $55 each, Assisi Loop, NSAID prescriptions, joint supplements including 4000mg per day of fish oil, as well as other supplements. They are both doing very well with their treatments and have improved mobility! Eddie can even do short hikes now!

Both of these amazing boys are sweet, loving souls who just exemplify everything we love about Great Dane personalities. They are loving, goofy, playful, cuddly…to us, they are perfect.

Thank you to everyone that has already donated to their care and to anyone that has shared their story. Social media works!

Monthly Cost:  $500/mo each  =  $1000/mo

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