Meet Malika. A sweet, gentle dog who was rescued from severe neglect on Peguis First Nation. Malnourished and skinny, both hips were in bad condition. She wasn't bearing weight on her back right leg, and her left back leg was extremely weak. An untreated skin condition had caused severe hair loss on significant parts of her body. Despite being weak and in terrible condition, she was all tail-wags and face-licks when she was brought in to D'Arcy's A.R.C. In her first four months at the A.R.C., Malika's treatment has been comprehensive and intensive.
With a pending surgery, this was just the beginning of her rehabilitation. Once in care, we sent her off to Birchwood for a complete vet check, including X-rays to find out more about the condition of her hips. X-rays showed the femural head of the right leg was "disintegrating", possibly from an untreated infection that had gone systemic, as well as traces of buckshot in her legs. Malika was put on a combination of antibiotics and painkillers to get her infection and pain under control.
After an intensive month of TLC by staff and volunteers at the shelter, Malika was off to Birchwood Animal Hospital for a second round of x-rays.The antibiotics and painkillers had started to work their magic. There was a significant improvement in the condition of the bones in the back hips and legs, signalling the infection was coming under control. The vets decided that another month of the combination of anitbiotics and painkillers would continue to ensure her recovery and she started treatment for demadex.
At the A.R.C., we also noticed a huge improvement in her mobility and slowly but surely, she had started to building strength in the left back leg and regain some use of the right back leg. With her pain under control and a healthy diet, her energy level grew, as did her sweet personality.
At month three, Malika had her third round of X-rays. The systemic infection was under control, but the damage of the long-term neglect left its mark; the neck of the femur was left extremely weak meaning there is a serious risk it could snap, breaking the leg. After 6 weeks of treatment for the demadex, her skin scrapes came back clean. Keeping her quiet at the ARC had become a challenge once she was feeling much better. Her dream was to run, jump, and play with other dogs. Luckily, she LOVES to cuddle and thinks she's a lap dog, so she had been content to soak up lots of love for the time being.
After reviewing the options, the veterinarians at Birchwood recommended Malika have a femoral head ostectomy to remove the head section of the femur (where it meets the hip joint). This surgery reduces the risk of the bone breaking, while also saving the leg. Malika had her operation on August 25, 2015. Once recovered from the ostectomy, she was ready to have her final surgery to be spayed. We've fallen in love with this sweet angel and look forward to giving her a new lease on life. Now that she had recovered from both surgeries, she having fun playing with some of the other dogs in our facility waiting for forever homes. We're excited to announce that Malika is ready for adoption as well and hoping to meet her forever family soon!
Donations to help the cover the costs of Malika's treatment as well as other pets like her are greatly appreciated and can be made in person at the shelter or over the phone.