Stella had surgery this past Wednesday. She's healing well but she looks a mess with all her stitches and staples. Dr. Tom removed masses from her shoulder area, chest and in one ear. A procedure was also done to correct Stella's entropian
condition (inward folding eyelids). Once her belly was shaved for Stella to be spayed, Dr. Tom found a spay surgical scar which had been undetected before. Hopefully we will receive good news concerning the masses that were removed. This is one very sweet, laid back dog! Stella would be fine as an only pet or with other dogs that aren't expecting her to be an active playmate. She seems happiest when she is near one of her human companions.
Stella is doing so much better! Her ear infection is
clearing up and the infection under her eyes is clearing up. In
general, she is a lot less red than she was and she no longer has that
stinky yeast smell to her. She must be feeling better, too, as we're
see a lot more tail wags and butt wiggles. She still has a slight runny
nose but that has improved greatly. Stella is very low key (except in
the presence of a squeaky toy), and does not interact with the other
dogs in the home much. She's house trained, is good in her crate, has a
good appetite, rides well in the car and does well for her baths. In
fact, she hopped in the tub on her own for her last bath. This is one
sweet and calm girl. She is scheduled to be spayed, have some dental
work done and have a few masses removed on Wednesday.
Stella is a Boxer girl with naturally floppy ears and a docked tail.
She is white with fawn spots (often referred to as a Check Boxer). At
48 lb she is underweight. We believe she is approximately 5 years old,
but her condition makes it difficult to tell.
Stella had been found as a stray in the county and ended up at the
county shelter. When no one came to claim her, we were called. Stella's
condition is nothing short of pathetic. Here ears are so infected that
the test results had a yeast count that was off the charts. They are so
swollen that we can barely fit a q-tip inside to clean them out. The
flaps of her ears are so thick it is unreal. She has a lot of hair loss
around her eyes due to a yeast infection. Her paws were all very red
(and dirty). Stella's eyes were so swollen that the vet questioned how
much she could see. She has calluses, due to being on hard, rough
surfaces on all her extremities. And, she just plain looks sad.
However, we think there's a Diva hidden within this sweet girl! Stella
is currently receiving medications and we have put her on a grain free
diet. She already seems less red and she also seems to be feeling a
little better. Stella is very sweet, seems to know a few commands, is
house trained and crate trained. We will update here with Stella's
Securely fenced yard only. St. Louis and surrounding areas within 50
miles only. We do reference checks. Home visit required prior to
adoption. $250.00 adoption fee.