We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehoming Northern Breed dogs in eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. Our volunteers house our foster dogs in their private homes while trying to find permanent homes for them.
Please note: we work in eastern PA, southern NJ, and parts of MD and DE depending on distance.
Falcon looks like a puppy, but he’s a 6 year old Siberian
Husky who came into foster care in early 2016. His foster home immediately
realized that something was wrong: every time he ate or drank, he would throw
up. At first, they thought that it was due to the stress of coming into foster
care, or because he had been eating grass with his kibble, but when the problem
didn’t improve after a few days, his foster home took him to the vet.
The vet determined that Falcon was regurgitating food and
water instead of vomiting, so x rays were done of his chest and abdomen. Everything looked normal, so Falcon was put on
medication to soothe the esophagus, reduce stomach acid, and was referred to a specialist in Internal
Falcon has to eat small scoops of canned food, and gets several
small meals a day. This, together with the antacid, has helped a lot. When he first came to us, he would throw up 3 to
5 times a day. Now it’s about 3 to 5 times a week. We still have to be careful
that he doesn’t eat or drink too much at once, but he is keeping more food and
water down. His foster mom also makes “knox blox” for him using unflavored Knox
gelatin, water and chicken stock to help keep him hydrated.
Falcon saw the specialist, was examined, and tested for
Addisons, Myesthenia Gravis, and other illnesses and issues that could cause
regurgitation. His bloodwork was normal and the tests were negative. The next
step is a fluoroscopy that is scheduled for Feb. 19th. Our hope is
that this will show us what happens when Falcon regurgitates food or water – it
could be a narrow place is the esophagus, or the muscles not working to move
food and water to the stomach.
Falcon's tiny waist compared to a medium sized Kong
The vet and specialist agree that this has been going on for
some time, and is why Falcon is small and thin and still looks like a puppy.
Falcon went in for his regular vaccines on Feb. 13th,
and since he’s been keeping a lot more food down, we were able to take in a
stool sample. He tested positive for whipworms, so he’s being treated for that
also. Please keep your fingers crossed that the specialist can figure out what
the problem is so that we can get Falcon to gain some weight!
If you can donate anything toward Falcon's care, it would be very much appreciated.
Note: we are
working on figuring out Falcon’s medical issues, and he is also in a training
class since he had almost no training, and is learning how to behave
appropriately in the house. We are also working on crate training. Due to these
issues, Falcon is not yet available for adoption.