Another day, another vet bill here at HJB. Yesterday Luther seemed a little off. He screamed a few times when another dog brushed by him, but when I picked him up and felt him over, he seemed fine. Until last night, when I touched his jaw to put his sweater on and he screamed again! And I realized that his jaw was off kilter somehow.
Luther came in with bone loss in his jaw from chronic infection. He lost most of his teeth in his first dental, back in January, keeping a few molars and his canines. He lost a few more in May, when we went back for a check. Last night, his poor porous lower jaw broke spontaneously, and the front of his jaw is loose. Back at the vet for yet another dental, he lost one of his lower canines and one of his upper, and he is in pain. THere is nothing to be done for this. The bone is just wearing away, and is not strong enough to fix. He can eat, and once his body adjusts, he should not be in any pain, unless he wrenches it, but within the next 6 months, he will probably lose the rest of his teeth. We have left a few, because they do help to anchor the bone, unless they are rotten.
Luther is a favorite here. He came last January with his mouth a mess, a bit afraid of people, and not quite sure what to make of us. He now sleeps at the foot of the bed (occasionally venturing up between dogs and people) and his entire back end wags when he is happy. He’s getting so brave, and inviting attention. It hurts to see one of our babies hurting.
This is an example of why the expenses in a rescue such as ours are relentless. It’s not sexy, it’s everyday doing all the things that these dogs that have often been neglected for a lifetime need. Luther is likely 7-8 years old, which means his adoption fee, if and when he is adopted, will be $150.00. Since January, we have spent over $700. just on Luther- he has had a couple of little growths removed, had three oral surgeries and been neutered, brought up to date with shots, etc. Luther is only one of the 12 foster dogs we have right now, and only one of the 34 dogs we have taken in and cared for throughout this year.
It’s the quiet, constant expenses that keep us teetering on the brink of disaster. If you are able to donate to us, please do. You may use our donate button, or send a donation, clearly marked “HAZELJANE’S BLESSINGS” to Ranch Acres Veterinary, 3241 S Harvard Ave, Tulsa, OK 74135. All donations are tax deductible. Thanks!