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post #1 of 58 (permalink) Old 12-13-2010, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Dixie's Dental Fund

Well folks, I now have three. I got a phone call through the havanese network about a woman who used to be in HCSC who was just diagnosed with brain cancer. She has two older havanese, the oldest one she will be able to keep...but she needed to rehome her nine year old. She didn't want the dog to go to rescue and wanted to know the person who would be taking care of her so she could be at peace with this. She is a dear woman who used to show many years ago. Little Dixie is a champion from 8 years ago. She looks a lot like Sue Nelson's Tippy...who at 17 is still a delight.

I took her home and then realized the extent of her dental problems which are severe. Her eyes run and her beard is stained red due to some oral infection and many teeth that will need to be removed...as well as some major dental work to save the rest.

Would you please consider contributing to the Dixie Dental Fund to help me take care of this little girl. She is a Sable, nine years old, about eleven pounds and misses her mommy dog that she grew up with as well as her original owner.

She does like Riki and Daisy. She also liked her day of luxury yesterday...she got to visit a home in Mission Viejo on the lake. She met a ****zu and they became fast friends.

If you would like to contribute to her dental surgery, please PM me! I so appreciate your kindness...and I'm sure her original owner would be so happy to know that the havanese community is helping take care of her.

Here are some pictures. I'll keep you posted. I'm going to a specialist this week to find out the situation. Does anyone know of anyone in the South Bay area South of Los Angeles who has done dental work for a reduced rate for rescues?
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You are a special person for not only helping Dixie but for helping put her previous owner's mind at ease. What better gift to give at this time of year?

God bless you.

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Thank you...and here are more photos!

We went to a holiday party yesterday in Mission Viejo at a very amazing estate on the lake. We told Dixie that her real home is considerably modest, but loving!
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Linda, she looks so sweet! I know what those dental problems can be like. We used to have poodles with problems and it can get expensive. Bless you for taking in this girl. I know her original owner can be at peace now knowing she is being cared for so well.

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Kathie is your dog a sable?

I think Dixie might look a bit like your dog when her coat grows out.

Can you give me an idea of the dental cost? My sister got a couple of pugs from a mill and it cost well over $1,000 each...

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Linda, it's been years ago but I got their teeth cleaned every year for years. Eventually, my last poodle lost nearly all her teeth they were so bad. Maybe you can find a vet school that does things at a lowered price. Hopefully, the cost won't be as bad as you're thinking.

Yes, Abby is a sable in full coat although her coat is not very thick. It is easy to comb and I only need to do it about once a week.

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Dixie's Vet Visit and Antiobiotics starting now!

I took her in tonight. Because she didn't come from a shelter, no discount! But hey, I didn't want to skimp on her situation...and I know my vet is good. Today was $96 for visit and two weeks of antibiotics. Not so bad. The estimate isn't as bad as I thought it might be. But she does have a luxating patella in the rear, which at her age is just what it is...so no jumping around for her. Just nice walks. I have to ask the vet about our stair situation as we have a three level home, like a town house. He says we have only one situation right now to deal with...and it is the teeth.

She needs a senior blood panel for $175 before any surgery or dental work is done. He said the teeth are really bad. She is already missing the lower front four plus a few others are broken. He said she will need at least five extractions and a Carnasial extraction. I think they do it with a nerve block instead of putting her under at her age. The biggest expense is the dental scaling to get the bacteria out from under the gums.

His concern for her is her kidneys due to the nature of her current gum infection...and we will know more with the blood panel. So we start with the two weeks of antibiotics and go from there.

The minimum for the work is over $700. They are having a dental special in February for 20% off the actual extractions and dental scaling.

So as I say, we begin with the antibiotics and then do the blood panel...and then the dental work. It looks like with the help of my friends she can stay with us and I can keep the promise to her original owner.

She doesn't have cataracts, but she does have some kind of a film (forgot what he called it) that appear in older dogs.

So she will eat soft food for the rest of her life...and I hope it is at least six or seven more years.

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Dixie is growing more comfy in our home...

She seems to be more animated today. I think she feels like she is home now.
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God bless her, and her original owner. What a hard decision she had to make. I'll keep her in my prayers. You were so good to take her. I'm sure it will give the original owner some peace, knowing her girl will be taken care of. Sending hugs.

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Dixie, Daisy, and Riki on Elf Yourself

This is really funny! The havanese with Alana and Chiara surfing!

http://elfyourself.jibjab.com/view/wmBJVPqyvKaM9btv

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