Kaila - Adopted
Kaila is a tri, smooth coated, spayed female collie. Kaila will be
9yrs old right before
Christmas, 2003. She is fully vetted, healthy,
heartworm negative and on a preventative.
Kaila is a very sweet and loving senior collie. She
gets along with other dogs, cats and children.
She has good house manners, is housebroken and is
very well behaved. We would recommend
older children around Kaila, due to her senior age. We
would like a fenced in yard for Kaila, however,
an exception can be made as Kaila is very good off
leash with supervision. If no supervision is
offered, Kaila will take a walk all by herself ;) She is a
good listener, but I believe due to her age, she can't
hear well a distance from home. She will bark to tell you
what she needs and can be comical with her 'talking'.
It is simply cute when she decides to tell you the way
things should be <wink>.
Also due to age, Kaila has some arthritis in her back
legs and will require a one level home.
(or a home with very little steps that she will have
to manage). Kaila is currently on Deramaxx,
a pain medication, to ease the pain of arthritis. The
medication has brought out the puppy in her, as she has shown many times that she can be playful
and frisky :) She is also on a weight loss program,
to help the arthritis (she is a bit overweight).
Also, we have placed Kaila on a special food diet, a
potatoes type of kibble. Upon her intake into our
rescue program, Kaila had a very dry, thin outer coat
oily under coat. The new food brought upon balance
and her coat is growing out beautifully ;)
Kaila loves going on walks and she loves it when we
initiate activity. She does sleep a lot these days,
if you bring out the leash and tell her it is time to
go 'out' - she is rearing to go. She is a very special
collie and a wonderful companion.
October update on Kaila
Kaila came to us in an unhealthy
manner, which she has been improving each day
wonderfully. Kaila's family divorced, so Kaila
came to live with us as an MWCR dog. Her coat was
thin, balding -she has scabby scales (oily skin) all
over - what coat was there, was like a brillo pad.
She was very overweight, could hardly move due to
arthritis and basically her digestive system was way
off track. At the time of intake, I didn't really
know to what extent Kaila was 'unhealthy' - so we
started from the beginning, to rehab this girl with
hopes of a wonderful future. I had my doubts, as
Kaila was looking really bad. Her depression really
did a number, in conjunction with the above physical
problems - emotionally is what will make or break a
dog's future. (not including a terminal,
uncontrolled disease - although attitude helps).
Sadly, her previous family went through a divorce
and they didn't pay attention that Kaila was in
such need (mental and physical pain).
First up, was trying to pull this
girl out of a depression. So far, so good. After a
few days of my constantly telling her things would
be OK - I think she finally accepted this fact
<wink> Kaila was put on a special diet (Eukanuba
Response F/P - fish and potatoes). This diet did
wonders for her skin and coat. She had blood work
done - all was healthy, so we decided to put her on
Deramaxx for the arthritis. Now this med isn't one
to use lightly -but it has worked so well for her
arthritis, it amazed me totally. At that time, we
were still trying to figure out why Kaila was
constantly eating her paw, as it was totally gross
upon intake. She was put on an antibiotic, as she
had a habit of chewing her paw raw and this time
around (being that no one paid attention in her
previous life) - her paw pads were big time
infected, along with being fused together (due to
- as all feet pads/toes are fused
together - but this icky foot, the pads became one
totally across the bottom). As the infection
cleared, life was looking really good for this girl
;) The vet (and I) didn't think her 'eating' the
foot was due to stress, but we were to keep a good
watch as it didn't look 'right' even when the
healing began. Well, as of last week, Kaila took a
down turn with her health and we headed back to the
surgery on Tuesday. The icky foot
had become worse, it was feared that Kaila has
cancer. The vet took several biopsies of the foot
pad. On a positive note, the vet said things looked
healthy - but they would send the results to the lab
for positive results. Also - Kaila was scheduled
for a dental - so we did blood work again (to see if
she could hold up through the surgery) all was a
go. I knew ahead of time, that there was a needfor the
dental - she would have one molar extracted, as this
molar was so bad the root system was showing through
the gum tissue. Kaila wouldn't ever chew her food
and her gums were very icsh (is the only way to
describe this). During surgery, I got a call that
needed not only 1 tooth pulled - but
6 others were loose/dead and the tissue was very
infected around the teeth, so they had to pull a
total of 7 teeth. They also had to do a
gingivectomy - cutting off gum tissue,
pulling/stitching healthy tissue down to hold the
good teeth in place. I have pics, btw - will try to
get these scanned (somehow) for you all to see. (you
will be shocked between the before and after pics).
Kaila has been through a lot this
week. She stayed over at the vet office, to watch
her carefully and to have fluids. Surgery took
longer and was more stressed on Kaila and she needed
help in recovery. Surgery wiped her out...but she
came through the ordeal like a trooper ;) I picked
her up, she was very ticked at me (wouldn't come
near me for two days !) and she has been in a lot of
pain. Her foot - well, 5 biopsy samples were taken
from the foot (more stitches) so she is having a lot
of pain getting up and down our stairs. (split level
home). Other than this..she is back to her old,
sweet self and she is doing extremely well,
for having a surgery of such.
I am hoping after all, that her
samples show no cancer. Her blood work, skin/coat,
heart, lungs, kidneys - well all of it is
totally healthy these days, just like a young dog's
is. (per the vet). Kaila has a lot to live for.
Wanted to update Kaila's situation to all of you -
as she could use some doggie prayers these days.
Our vet has made comments that Kaila has made a
total 180, that she will make someone happy for many
years to come (pending the cancer). IF she has
cancer in her paw - they will remove the pad(s) and
The vet has a positive outlook for
her, as she is too darn healthy to quit on us now.
Thanks for listening. If Kaila could talk, she
would be saying 'woof rahhhhh, woof rahhhh'.
Without all the help from our MWCR membership, Kaila
would have suffered a lonely, painful death. I need
to get together with the fundraising crew out there,
as Kaila's bills are a lot more than MWCR can handle
at present. Any ideas on how we can find help ??
October 7 update:
Kaila was put on Prednisone (taken
off the Deramaxx for a while) to help her foot
heal. Pretty good news - Kaila's preliminary
biopsy showed no cancer, just tissue damage from
self affliction. So - with the prednisone,
hopefully her foot will clear up totally (as it
must itch - the report also mentioned
dermatitis/allergy as possible cause).
Kaila is being fostered in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.