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. Also, please pay a visit to our Heartworm Info web page 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.

Sparky – Fractured Femur

Six-month-old Sparky has an old fracture of the growth plate in his femur that isn’t healing properly. He needs a surgery to remove the abnormal callous formation and then reposition the fractured pieces into a more normal anatomy and secure them with a bone plate until they heal. The surgery is expensive (estimated $2,000-$2,500), but New Rattitude is happy that we can put this young rattie on solid “footing” for the rest of his life!

Click the “sponsor this dog” button below to donate towards Sparky’s medical expenses – thank you!

Last updated: 11/24/2020

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If you prefer, you can mail a check or money order to:
      New Rattitude
      P.O. Box 91
      DeWitt, MI 48820 
Please be sure to write “Sponsor Sparky” in the note field of your check.
THANK YOU!

Robin – Luxating Patella and Heartworm Disease

Four-year-old Robin was rescued by New Rattitude from a Georgia shelter. At his first vet appointment he was diagnosed with heartworm disease, a skin infection, and a luxating patella (a condition in which the patella, or kneecap, dislocates or moves out of its normal location). In his near future are neuter surgery, heartworm treatment (involving a series of injections of a drug to kill the heartworms, followed by cage rest/restricted activity period), and knee surgery.

While he has some hurdles ahead of him, Robin sure is content and relaxed in his foster home! New Rattitude will get him fixed up, and would sure appreciate your donations to get Robin healthy enough for adoption.

Last updated: 11/21/2020

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If you prefer, you can mail a check or money order to:
      New Rattitude
      P.O. Box 91
      DeWitt, MI 48820 
Please be sure to write “Sponsor Robin” in the note field of your check.
THANK YOU!

Oliver – Collateral Ligament Injury

One-year-old Oliver is like an injury-prone little boy! He came into foster care with a crooked front left leg and lameness. Soon after arriving in his foster home, he broke a toe nail on his other front foot and needed laser treatment and antibiotics.

Oliver’s crooked front left leg was determined to be a collateral ligament injury – probably due to some form of trauma. Conservative treatment was immediately started, with a hard splint and rest. When that didn’t resolve the problem, a surgery to suture the torn ligaments to stabilize them and allow them to heal was tried. Unfortunately, that surgery didn’t do as well as hoped, so a second surgery to drill holes in the opposing bones and connect them with nylon line was done in mid-September.

Oliver loves life, and we are making sure he gets the care he needs to resume his carefree, active rattie lifestyle! Your contributions for his medical bills towards that goal would surely be appreciated!

Last updated: 11/09/2020

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If you prefer, you can mail a check or money order to:
      New Rattitude
      P.O. Box 91
      DeWitt, MI 48820 
Please be sure to write “Sponsor Oliver” in the note field of your check.
THANK YOU!

Emilio – Tumors and UTI

Emilio was rescued from a Georgia county animal shelter. At about 8 years old, his body was in excellent condition other than what appeared to be several fatty tumors. Emilio had surgery to have the tumors removed and although one looked “suspicious,” the results came back benign!

However, Emilio also had an apparent reaction (vomiting and diarrhea) to an antibiotic he was on for a urinary tract infection. He spent several days in the animal clinic getting fluids and anti-nausea medications, bringing New Rattitude’s vet bill to a total of $2,351.41.

Emilio is a great dog — affectionate with people and good with other dogs, frequently initiating play with a bow! We are so happy we could rescue him and help him through his health issues – he will be a great dog for someone!

Last updated: 10/24/2020

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If you prefer, you can mail a check or money order to:
      New Rattitude
      P.O. Box 91
      DeWitt, MI 48820 
Please be sure to write “Sponsor Emilio” in the note field of your check.
THANK YOU!