Miss Schnitzie came in to our care in May 2017, after her family due to financial difficulties could no longer care for her health issues, Schnitzie a female red standard Dachshund weight 6kgs when we received her, she was immediately admitted under the care of D2DR's vets at Brookfield in Brisbane. Schnitzie was hospitalised for several weeks while undergoing treatment for several illnesses.
List of illnesses:
Diagnosed problem list so far :
1.Exocrine Pancreatic insufficient (EPI) and secondary Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth(SIBO)and liver disease. (we believe he may have no or very little functional pancreas )note: B12 levels were normal
Current medications and treatments for theses diseases: Creon 10,000 open capsule and give twice daily on meal .
Metronidozoal (METROGYL) 200MG give ½ a tablet twice daily for 3 weeks
Denosyl small 1 tablet once daily 1 hour before food
Diet j/d diet ½ a cup 4 times daily plus chicken breast
Losec (omeprazole ) 10 mg 1 tablet daily2 hours before food .
2. Diabetes mellitus likely type 1
Treatment caninsulin 40unit – give 1.5 units twice daily after food , make sure watching for hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) event (unlikely on does) , watch post and have honey to put on tongue .
3. current bacterial urinary tract infection UTI – (no responsive to previous abs from other vet )
At this stage the culture has grown mixed bacteria predominantly Mixed growth including heavy growth of : Klebsiella pneumoniae. I Will wait for sensitivity results before starting new antibiotic . As this is chronic and I want to get on top of it .
After several weeks in hospital with vet bills in the thousands, we were finally able to discharge Miss Schnitzie to a wonderful foster home.
Jill and Jerry Williams welcomed her with loving care despite her illnesses, constant regular visits to the vet, including overnight stays for further testing, following every careful step, administering multiple medications and insulin injections twice a day. In their care Schnitzie has managed to weight gain to the level of a standard dachshund increasing her weight by 6 kilos over several months. She owes her life to this wonderful couple. For those not aware Jill and Jerry's niece Sandra Beevers is also a wonderful member of the Dachshund community, together this family have owned and cared for multiple dachshunds.
Schnitzie is full of character despite her blindness, she's strong and energetic and nothing stops her; bumping into doors, walls etc she just takes in her stride and keeps going!
Schnitzie is still under the the umbrella of Devoted 2 Dachshunds Rescue who support and pay for all her vet bills, food and on going care as along with 8 other "special Care" Dachshunds, without the generosity of the wonderful Dachshund Community and their friends, ongoing treatment of sick and senior dachshunds would not be possible
Due to her cataracts accelerated by her diabetes, upon the vet's recommendation we decided to take her to see a specialist ophthalmologist to see if anything could be done to restore her sight. Upon examination it was determined that she was a perfect candidate for lens transplant, this procedure would restore her sight permanently.
We have set up this fund to raise $4070 so Schnitzie can have both her eyes operated on, this little girl has been through so much, we are hoping that those that read this may like to donate a few dollars to help us:
"Give Miss Schnitzie her sight back"
Special thanks goes to:
Brookfield Vets Dr Cath Toft and Dr Charlie Eggars, Foster Carers Jill and Jerry Williams, Will Addset (for his continued support in driving Miss Schnitzie over the months of her treatment), Dr Mike Burnays Animal Eye Services, Peggy Vlismas and the generosity of the Dachshund Community.