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.

Betsy, Corki, Dottie & Gucci – Heartworm Disease

All four of these lovely New Rattitude foster dogs tested positive for heartworm disease and are facing heartworm treatment to save their lives.  Because heartworm treatment is expensive, painful, and burdensome, with no guarantee of success, many dog owners choose to abandon their dogs or have them “put down” when they get heartworm disease, and heartworm positive dogs in shelters have little or no realistic chance for adoption. New Rattitude believes that dogs with heartworms should not have to face a death sentence, and should be treated to give them another chance for life. But it can cost $200- $1000 to treat one heartworm positive dog, depending on its size, age, stage of disease, health, and area of the country.

Can you contribute to New Rattitude’s Heartworm Fund to help save a precious life? We appreciate donations of any amount!

For more information about heartworm disease and how it is diagnosed, treated, and prevented, please visit New Rattitude’s Heartworm Resource Web Page: 
https://newrattitude.org/resources/heartworms/
And please, keep your own dogs on monthly heartworm preventative!

Last updated: 11/25/2019

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If you prefer, you can mail a check or money order to:
      New Rattitude
      P.O. Box 14064
      Lansing, MI 48901 
Please be sure to write “Heartworm Fund” in the note field of your check.
THANK YOU!

Daisie – Severe Eye Infection, Glaucoma

Frank and Daisie

New Rattitude volunteer Frank drove all the way from Virginia to Mississippi to rescue Miss Daisie, a 3-year-old rat terrier with obvious eye concerns. Daisie saw a veterinary ophthalmologist on November 14th. Glaucoma has taken her sight in the left eye, but she was given an injection to stop the pain and swelling. The eye should start to shrink and will not have to be removed. Her right eye has very little retinal function. They removed the lens and we are hoping that she will have some limited sight in that eye.

Our fundraising goal is equal to our expenses so far, which total $1,600. Thank you for your concern for Miss Daisie and your donations to help with her medical costs.

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Last updated: 12/04/2019


If you prefer, you can mail a check or money order to:
      New Rattitude
      P.O. Box 14064
      Lansing, MI 48901 
Please be sure to write “Sponsor Daisie” in the note field of your check. THANK YOU!

Molly – Mammary Tumor, Heartworm +, Broken Teeth

Molly’s Ultrasound

Molly was rescued from a Georgia shelter. She was suspected to be pregnant but an ultrasound confirmed that fortunately she is not. However, Molly is heartworm positive and has a large mammary tumor and some broken teeth, so will need a lot of medical treatment and TLC before she’s ready for adoption.
All that aside, she’s SO incredibly sweet! She loves snuggles and ear rubs, and she likes to follow her very large German Shepherd/Pyrenees mix foster brother around and give him kisses. Please consider a donation towards Molly’s medical care. She has clearly had a rough life, but things will look up for her now that she has a “New Rattitude”!

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Last updated: 11/18/2019

If you prefer, you can mail a check or money order to:
      New Rattitude
      P.O. Box 14064
      Lansing, MI 48901 
Please be sure to write “Sponsor Molly” in the note field of your check.
THANK YOU!


Sadie — Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)

Little 3-year-old Sadie was diagnosed with PDA — Patent Ductus Arteriosus — a congenital defect where the large blood vessel running from the aorta to the pulmonary artery does not close after birth, which is supposed to close soon after the newborn puppy takes its first breath, but that didn’t happen in Sadie’s case. Sadie needs Transvenous Catheterization, to fix this defect. This is a non-invasive procedure where a long catheter is passed through a small incision inside one of the hind legs 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 by causing a blood clot to close off the abnormal blood vessel. Although this is an expensive $5,000 procedure, Sadie will die without it. With it, Sadie can live a perfectly normal life with a normal lifespan.

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UPDATE 5/21/19: Sadie’s surgeon was unable to perform the Transvenous Catheterization procedure because her arteries were too small, so another skilled surgical team took over to perform a Surgical Ligation PDA instead. This procedure was more invasive, as it involved open chest surgery to directly tie off the vessel, but 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.

If you prefer, you can 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!