Roxy was still nursing her two puppies when she came in, but once they were weaned, she came to our home. She has now been with us for over a month and she has fit so seamlessly into our household.
Yet she is still experiencing some medical issues, and that is why she has not yet been available for adoption. And she will not be available until she is healthy.
Roxy visited the vet almost immediately upon entering RAGOM. In addition to being very underweight, she also tested positive for two tick-borne diseases: Lymes and Anaplasmosis. We had thought that with a course of Doxycycline, she would be fine.
Unfortunately, a few days later she was even more lethargic and was not eating. A blood test revealed that her platelets were virtually non-existent and her red blood was almost as low. She was rushed to an internal medicine specialist to evaluate if there was a way to save her.
She was diagnosed with two auto-immune diseases. One of these attacks the red blood cells and the other attacks the platelets. She began medications in hopes that they would help her body begin to fight this. Over a month later, we are so happy that her platelets have rebounded and are now in the normal range.
Unfortunately, her red blood cell count, while it is has improved a lot, is still not in the normal range and has plateaued. Two weeks ago, we began giving her a new medication with hopes that she can continue to improve. If this works and she is finally in the normal range, we will begin slowly weaning her off the medications and hopefully her counts will remain stable.
While Roxy is battling these diseases, she does not act at all like she is sick. She is a happy, sweet, playful girl and is so easy going. During the summer, we spend a few days each week up at our cabin, and this has become her favorite place to be. The minute we get out of the car and hook up her long lead, she is off to the water where she enjoys going for a leisurely swim.
She is in and out of the lake all day and I can safely say that Roxy is very much a water girl. As much as she loves the water, I think that she just really enjoys the peace and quite there and spends much of the day napping in the sunshine listening to the loons.