From owner Haley: Slim, our first Corgi, was diagnosed with Discoid Lupus about 18 months ago. He was put on prednisone to treat this autoimmune disease. Slim also had surgery to open up one of his nostrils because he was having difficulty breathing, and he may eventually need surgery on the other one. Unfortunately the prednisone no longer seems to be controlling his autoimmune condition, and is just making him very hungry all the time.
We initially came to Bandit’s BandAid in December when Slim appeared to develop Vasculitis on his nose. The organization got him in to see a specialist who put him on medications which started to heal his nose. However Slim is once again having problems including the appearance of sores on other parts of his body. He will need to go back to the specialist for additional testing to see if he is developing a secondary bacterial or fungal infection that requires a different type of treatment.
Most recently Slim has developed high blood pressure and what the specialist diagnosed as pseudo-Cushings disease. It is caused by the side effects of the prednisone and causes an enlarged belly and all of the other Cushing's Disease symptoms. Slim will be slowly weaned off of the prednisone and it is hoped that in doing so his autoimmune condition will not flare up since he is finally showing signs of going into remission.
Tia is a sweet little Pembroke Welsh Corgi that my fiancé’s family got from a flea market about 7 years ago, so we are not exactly sure of her age. We believe that she may have been abused due to her extreme reaction to loud noises. Tia and our Corgi Slim got along great, and they had two litters of puppies before she was spayed. We kept one of their puppies and named him Gizmo.
One day Tia was walking around her house and suddenly lost control of her back legs, and then front legs, and then lost control of her bodily functions. For about a week she could not stand up and she would not voluntarily eat or drink. I was eventually able to get her to drink some tea (we tried everything and this is what worked). I took her out every few hours and held her up so she could go potty. Tia’s owners were going to put her down thinking she would never walk again, but I told them no, it was too soon to give up. I convinced them to give her up and Tia became ours.
I worked with Tia every day to get her where she is now, which is mobile and in control of her bodily functions. The vet I took her to said she probably had a stroke and possibly some sort of spinal cord injury, and that there was not much they could do.
Tia is the happiest and sweetest little fighter you will ever come across. Even when she is having a bad day and her back legs will not cooperate she tries and tries. She loves treats and attention. She always has the biggest smile on her little face.
Bandit's BandAid had been working with a wonderful neurologist in the Dallas area who had
diagnosed another client with spondylosis, a condition that can cause
bone spurs in the spine. They suggested that Tia be seen by this
specialist and some testing be done to determine what is causing Tia’s
problems, and whether with a more accurate diagnosis it can be treated to
give her a better quality of life.
Haley has been unemployed and attending school so funds to cover these new veterinary diagnoses and treatments have been limited. Slim’s veterinary care had already cost a considerable amount before she applied for help. A cart will need to be purchased for Tia, and Slim will need to get back to the specialist to find out why his current medications are not properly treating his autoimmune condition.
Veterinary Hospital - Tia
Dr. Jennifer Rich, Diplomat, Veterinary Neurology
Veterinary Hospital - Slim
Animal Dermatology Referral Clinic
Dr. Dennis Crow, Diplomat, Veterinary Dermatology