When 5 yr. old Hogan first came into Rescue, he was found to be suffering from heartworms, but he was still quite energetic and acrobatic. But, since that time he has developed acute back pain, no longer able to get up and down from a lying position without yelping in pain, let alone being able to jump and play like he used to. Up until just a few weeks ago, he was happy and healthy, but now...well.
When Hogan first came into Rescue his coat was dull, and his skin dry and flakey from heartworms. And, on top of all of this there were some behavior problems to work through as well. Some of those behavioral issues could very well have been related to the pain that no one was even aware of yet. Once the pain did become apparent x-rays were taken, which showed some quite severe disk compression. A neurologist was then consulted, who has recommended a surgeon and an MRI. Yes, unless this is allowed to progress too far, surgery is definitely an option for Hogan.
As this is written, it has been reported to us that Hogan just lies there crying in pain until he is physically lifted into a standing position. Only then can he comfortably relieve himself, and grab a bite to eat. He came in with so many problems, yet has blossomed into a sweet, loving dog. It is heart-wrenching to see how this painful condition is affecting him. He has not had very many good things happen to him in his short little life, and just as he was starting to have a change of luck, this disk problem has surfaced. He has beaten heartworms, and yes, you might even say...he has beaten all odds. But, he's a charming little soul and he shouldn't have to live his life in this kind of pain, with nothing to look forward to but total paralysis and eventual euthanasia.
With the MRI and the necessary surgery his vet bills are going to be very high and far beyond the means of the rescue group caring for him.
By making a donation which will go directly towards his medical bills you will be helping Hogan to lead a long, and pain-free life.
Hogan has had additional testing in preparation for his spinal surgery and that testing has led to a change in his treatment plan. Recent tests indicate that Hogan is not a viable candidate for the spinal surgery because he has problems above and beyond the original heartworm condition. The severity of the heartworm when he came into rescue has resulted in an enlarged heart and reduced lung capacity, making him a poor risk for the intended surgery.
Sadly, this is not the positive outcome we had hoped for, but there is some good news for Hogan. The good news is that he has been stabilized with steroid treatments and he shows no signs of discomfort. He will continue to be treated with steroids and will receive pain medication as necessary. Hogan is happy in his foster home and we are hopeful that this non-surgical course of treatment will make his life more enjoyable.