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"Canine Clinic" - Our Sick and Injured Dogs


Some of the dogs we rescue have severe illnesses or other serious medical issues that are much more costly than the money brought in by adoption fees. To help nurse these dogs through their medical needs so that they can eventually become healthy and adoptable, we must find sponsors to help with the costs. Please read their stories and consider becoming an angel that these Rat Terriers so desperately need. Canine Clinic Donors are listed on our Donor Recognition Board with donations of $50 or greater denoted by our clinic icon Canine Clinic Pal. Also, please pay a visit to our heartworm hero Heartworm Info web page heartworm hero to learn about Ratties needing Heartworm Treatment.

NOTE: In the event that donation amounts are raised in excess of the required vetting for any particular clinic dog, the overage will be used to assist other current or future New Rattitude clinic dogs. All clinic funds stay within the clinic specifically for dogs with special financial health needs.

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Image: Courtesy of New Rattitude, Inc. Rat Terrier Rescue Image: Courtesy of New Rattitude, Inc. RatTerrier Rescue Sadie – Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
Little 3-year-old Sadie was diagnosed with PDA - Patent Ductus Arteriosus. It's a congenital defect where the large blood vessel that runs from the aorta to the pulmonary artery does not close after birth. This is normal before birth because the fetus doesn't need the oxygen from the lungs to oxygenate the blood. It is supposed to close soon after the baby (puppy) takes its first breath, but that didn't happen in Sadie's case.

Sadie will have a Transvenous Catheterization, a non-invasive procedure where a small incision is made inside one of the hind legs. A long catheter is then passed from the hind leg into the abnormal vessel using video x-ray, and a device called an Amplatz Canine Ductal Occluder (ACDO) is then deployed to stop the abnormal blood flow through the PDA. This causes a blood clot to form in the abnormal blood vessel that then closes it off.

Although this is an expensive procedure at $5,000, Sadie will die without it. With it, Sadie can live a perfectly normal life with a normal lifespan.

We think Sadie is worth every penny of this investment, and hope you will too! To donate towards her surgery, click on the "sponsor this dog" button below.



UPDATE 5/21/19: Sadie could not have the Transvenous Catheterization procedure because her arteries were too small. So another skilled surgical team was on stand-by and took over to perform a Surgical Ligation to repair Sadie's PDA instead. This procedure was more invasive as it involved open chest surgery to tie off the vessel itself. We are happy to report that the surgery was a success and Sadie is doing well! Our fundraising goal has been adjusted to the actual invoice amount, $4,020.

Last updated 05/22/19

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If you prefer, you can also mail a check or money order to:
      New Rattitude
      P.O. Box 14064
      Lansing, MI 48901

Please be sure to write "Sponsor Sadie" in the note field of your check. THANK YOU!



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Image: Courtesy of New Rattitude, Inc. Rat Terrier Rescue Image: Courtesy of New Rattitude, Inc. RatTerrier Rescue Leo – Canine Parvovirus
Leo was rescued from a North Carolina shelter on March 15th. A few days later, he became lethargic, stopped eating, and began vomiting. Leo was rushed to the vet where he was diagnosed with canine parvovirus. Dogs that are ill from canine parvovirus infection are often said to have "parvo." The virus affects dogs' gastrointestinal tracts. Persistent vomiting and diarrhea can cause rapid dehydration, and damage to the intestines and immune system can cause septic shock. During his more than week-long stay at the vet, Leo was treated with fluids, antibiotics, and anti-nausea medication while his little body fought hard to recover. Fortunately, Leo was one of the lucky dogs that survive parvo.

The $1,500+ in vet bills for Leo's treatment were quite the hit to New Rattitude's checkbook. We deeply appreciate any donations you can spare toward these expenses that were necessary to save Leo's precious life.

Last updated 05/21/19

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If you prefer, you can also mail a check or money order to:
      New Rattitude
      P.O. Box 14064
      Lansing, MI 48901

Please be sure to write "Sponsor Leo" in the note field of your check. THANK YOU!



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Image: Courtesy of New Rattitude, Inc. Rat Terrier Rescue Image: Courtesy of New Rattitude, Inc. RatTerrier Rescue Mr. Gower, Cayden, and Pip – Severe Dental Disease
These three distinguished rattie gentlemen all have the most common disease in dogs –– periodontal disease –– a condition that results in oral pain, tooth loss, and infection.

Pip was rescued with an already advanced case of pneumonia. Although he is finally clear of the pneumonia, Pip is still wheezing, and has congestion in his nasal passages and head. A dental cleaning is medically necessary and will help him to fully turn the corner.

Mr. Gower has stage 4 periodontal disease. He is in serious need of a dental cleaning, extraction of teeth, and repair of oronasal fistulas, which are abnormal openings between the oral and nasal cavities.

Cayden also has severe periodontal disease. In fact, the vet said that every one of his tooth sockets appear to have disease.

For all three of these ratties, the dental cleaning and extractions will make them feel so much more comfortable and give them a great new start towards improved overall health, overcoming the years of neglect they've all experienced. New Rattitude has a goal of $1,200 to pay for the low-end range of the estimates we've received for their treatment, and would appreciate any donations you can throw their way!

Last updated 05/18/19

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If you prefer, you can also mail a check or money order to:
      New Rattitude
      P.O. Box 14064
      Lansing, MI 48901

Please be sure to write "Sponsor Dental Dogs" in the note field of your check. THANK YOU!



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