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Moira was "Rescue Only" in the Shelter

We have a special place in our hearts for seniors. When we heard about a little senior Boston Terrier in the shelter at Clay County, she was “rescue only” because she had a seizure and she was diagnosed with vestibular disease. She had been at the shelter for more than a month after being confiscated, and we were told she would probably be euthanized if a rescue didn’t take her.

The shelter is a scary environment for any dog, but especially so for seniors. Add medical problems, and it's downright terrifying.

As always, our biggest single problem is finding a foster. Fortunately, Betsy Marquez is a trusted foster who has fostered senior and medical cases for us before, and she offered to foster Moira (aka KD). Amie Hagar had met Moira at the shelter several times and she offered to hold her that day and bring her to Betsy that night.

We immediately made an appointment to see Dr. Walker at Capital Vet, but he was booked in advance so we had to wait a few days. In the meantime, Moira went home with Betsy, who kept a very close eye on her. She’s improved a little bit each day, although she does have a pronounced head tilt, and she falls over when she sneezes.

Dr. Walker did a full exam today and diagnosed her with peripheral vestibular disease. That is a huge relief, because central vestibular disease would mean she had a brain tumor). She also has badly infected ears, which were diagnosed at the shelter but not treated, and that is adding to the problem. Dr. Walker said she is already starting to recover.

All in all, it was very good news. With the eardrops Dr Walker prescribed, she should continue to improve. He suspects she didn’t actually have a seizure, but probably lost her balance and fell over. We are so happy this little girl is safe and on the mend.

Thank you Amie and Betsy for helping us get her out of the shelter, and Friends of Clay County Animals (FOCCA) for making a donation to help with her care. As always, thank you to our supporters, especially our monthly donors, who make these rescues possible. Welcome to FUR sweet girl!

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