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.
AUGUST 29th - UPDATE
Shelly’s surgery went ahead as soon as the ectopic ureter was confirmed. She returned to the care of the DBARC team to recover and heal. It won’t be known for a little while whether the surgery has been a success but one thing is certain, Shelly is taking the challenges she’s facing in her stride!
SEPTEMBER 2019 - UPDATE
Shelly’s final operation appears to be successful. She’s a happy young dog and after a lovely visit from one of DBARC’s rather famous adoptees, Lucy Pug she went off to her new home. We have no doubt she will have the very best life ahead of her. This is what every donation to Schnauzerfest helps make possible for puppy farm dogs.