A lot of our Sponsor Pets have canine or feline buddies – there is nothing better than a fellow comrade! I love when our pet parents share stories about dynamic duos such as Chachi and his brother Fleetwood, Xena and her friend Max, and Rockstar with his pal Loyal. Having a companion to keep each other company is simply the best, especially for our Sponsor Pets. These animals have endured so much and having a friend is great for them to feel just like any other dog or cat!
Xena does enjoy being active, however, she loves to cuddle up! The natural sunlight is a nice way to feel the warmth in the winter months. She can’t wait until the warm weather comes so she can play outside.
Update on Xena: Emotionally, Xena is adjusting well to her new home and her new family. Her adopted mother reports that she’s eating well and loves to take her medicine. Xena also loves to instigate with her playmate, dog Max. Watching them interact with each other is amazing. When her new parent’s son came home from college for the holidays and met Xena for the first time, she didn’t leave his side. She snuggled with him every morning until he went back to school. Her new family found out that she is a pleasure on car rides. Medically, Xena is also doing well. She just had her check-up at the Animal League’s medical center. Her liver levels have improved and there are no signs of urinary infections (which she is prone to). We look forward to Xena having an active, healthy year ahead.
Xena is a lovely and affectionate hound mix. The Animal League rescued Xena and placed her in the life-saving Sponsor Program so that she can get the extensive care she needs to be well.
Xena has a very complex and life-threatening congenital condition. In Xena’s body, an abnormal vessel is allowing blood to bypass her liver. The liver has several functions, one of which is detoxification. When the liver is bypassed, toxins build up in the body. This malformation is called a portosystemic shunt (PSS) or a liver shunt. Among many severe symptoms, this liver shunt can also cause weight loss and seizures, both of which Xena is experiencing.
To help Xena, The Animal League has already provided her with two corrective surgeries. It is very likely, however, that Xena will need a third. Xena is still in the early recovery stages from her second operation and is being monitored very closely. She will need three to four months of attentive aftercare during this difficult healing process and will soon be reevaluated for an additional surgical procedure. In addition to these surgeries, Xena will also need lifetime medications to manage this challenging condition.
Because Xena’s ailment is extensive and ongoing, most small municipal shelters would not be able to accommodate her needs. Her care would be too costly and comprehensive. Instead, it is very likely that Xena would be put down. But the Animal League is dedicated to helping her have the best life possible, and â€œquitâ€ is never an option.
Your support of the Animal League’s Sponsor Program is helping to ensure that Xena and many other animals get the love and care they need to be as happy and healthy as possible. At the Animal League, they are safe, and loving care is guaranteed. Please help us continue to provide so many animals in need with this unprecedented care.