While most of the dogs Schnauzerfest fundraising helps are older breeding dogs who have been rescued from puppy farms, occasionally puppies are also in serious need of assistance. Shelly is one of them, given up by the puppy farmer at a young age when it became clear she had a problem with her urinary system.
Continually leaking urine in the dirty conditions of a puppy farm would have caused Shelly many problems. Fortunately for her, she was given up young, and handed to rescuers to deal with, at whatever cost to them. Veterinary bills for rescues are one of the biggest financial worries and this is why Schnauzerfest exists - to provide financial support for this vital work. Shelly’s puppy farmer wouldn’t want the bother or expense of providing her with treatment. But, it could have been worse for Shelly, it’s not unknown for dogs to die in puppy farms.
Soon after settling in the safe sanctuary which the Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre provides Shelly was seen by their veterinary team. It wasn’t clear what was causing Shelly’s problems so she was referred to the specialist veterinary centre, The Ralph.
Today she has had her consultation and been admitted. The plan is to give her a CT Scan and confirm the suspected diagnosis - ectopic ureter. Once confirmed surgery will be scheduled and providing all goes well, Shelly should make a good recovery.