We know it's a lot to ask, but Rogue deserves a chance to heal! Hep us, help her.
During a recent CRISP day at animal control, a family came in carrying Rogue. This poor girl was attacked by a dog living in the same building the day before and the family did not have a current vet and were unsure of what to do. They did not know if she should be euthanized and could not afford to give her the care she needed if her wounds were treatable. One look at her and we knew she needed help, but we knew it would be a huge commitment. ALIVE Rescue and Chicago Canine Rescue made the decision to partner and save Rogue. We had her immediately transferred to our ER where she was sedated and assessed. Unfortunately, we were misinformed by her family and her wounds were more like 3-4 days old. Infection already started to set in and much of her skin was dead. We were up against a long road for Rogue, but the doctor felt she could make a full recovery. We decided to work on getting her through the evening so that she could be assessed by a team that included an internist and surgeon in the morning.
Her current situation:
1) Rogue is on a feeding tube. We are allowing her mouth to heal and do not want food to get into her wounds and cause infection.
2) One of her eyes is extremely swollen, so we are unable to determine if it's viable at this time. Once the swelling goes down, it may need to be removed. She is able to see out of her other eye.
3) Much of her facial skin has died.
4) Her maxilla is fractured. Because of this she is currently unable to breathe out of her nose.
Per the ER notes: Stable post PEG tube placement with extensive wounds to left face. Improving daily, but concern that will need extensive reconstruction to left lateral face due to bite wounds. The fracture appears stable right now, but may need to be wired closed if it doesn't heal or starts pulling apart. The lips/skin that is avulsed, has been sutured to the periosteum, but this may (and likely will) fail. She may need small hole drilled into her maxilla and the skin be wired to the facial bones. The oro-nasal fistula will likely heal by second intension, especially if she is not getting fed per os, but if not, she may need hard palate reconstruction. To assist with planning of her repair, a CT scan may be beneficial in the future. As well, due to the damage, she may develop secondary infections and may require further wound management and cultures. It is expected that she will need to have oral rest for at least several weeks to months to completely allow her oral/facial wounds to heal completely.
Given all this, Rogue is in good spirits and is a total sweetheart. The staff at the ER are completely smitten with her and are so happy we have decided to give her a chance at life.
Please help us get Rogue through this terrible trauma she endured! No amount is too small.