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RAINBOW has the most
colorful personality. She is
darling, sweet and just
enough spunk to let you
know what she wants and
wants it now. She is quiet
and well behaved, loves to be with you, by you and receiving love and attention. She is just so charming and lovable it breaks my heart. Sadly she has been horribly neglected and was then abandoned in a rural wooded farmland area in southwest Ohio in harsh elements. There was nothing for miles and miles but farmland, woods and miles in between each farm. I have been told it is a popular area for people to abandon dogs which is just unforgivable. Last Thursday during a downpour of cold rain and sleet, this little girl appeared from the woods and with her last bit of energy made it to the farmhouse she had seen from a distance. Thankfully she was welcomed inside by the Beam family, made warm and bathed and comforted. Wire Fox Terrier people are as tenacious as the breed and Renee caught the posting on found dogs of Ohio and immediately got in touch with me and Mandi who took Rainbow inside. We made our plans for Sunday to move her up to Chicago and into WFTRM. That was not such a great day to do a transport mission but we pushed on through snow and freezing rain. Renee meeting Mike in Richmond and Mike meeting me in Remington, Indiana. Lots of 6 car accidents along the route but we finally made it home around 5:45 p.m. Thank you everyone for rescuing little Rainbow!
RAINBOW is a tiny little girl but with a massive stomach that is filled with fluid. She is 20 pounds but should only weigh 15 with her tiny little bones. She has an enlarged heart and also a murmur - about a grade 5. She also has a mass in her spleen and her stomach is bloated with lots of fluid. Her toe nails are SO long they curl around and under her food pads making it difficult to walk. She has teeth missing but the ones remaining are black with tartar. I will not be able to get a dental cleaning as she is not a candidate right now to be put under with her heart. The vet took blood work and urinalysis and was able to get the nails cut back to a point where they are much more comfortable. She is now on Furosemide, Enalapril, Pimobendan and Biomox - an antibiotic for her teeth.
Rainbow went for a heart evaluation and cardio exam. Her heart is in serious condition with mitral valve prolapse and is also enlarged. The belly full of fluid could be from the heart or leakage from the spleen which has a large mass in it. The fluid was tapped and is a pinkish color. We discussed draining the fluid but it is probably cushioning the spleen and preventing it from rupturing. We discussed seeing a specialist about a splenectomy even though she is not a good candidate for surgery because of her heart .

On February 18th rainbow is schedule for surgery for a splenectomy. It is very risky due to her heart but I feel it is worth the risk as without it she has weeks left.

Rainbow was not in a home with good care or compassion and concern for her. I feel so bad for Rainbow having to live her life in pain and neglect. Her spirit is peppy and happy and she is enjoying herself here being safe and warm. She does eat like a piggie and such a good girl - goes outside to do her business. She just loves the big donut bed and her blanket and all her bunnies. Rainbow is such a calm and quiet girl with the face of an angel. She is about 10 years old and has some scattered warts as I like to call them on her torso and front leg.
Rainbow had her splenectomy on February 18th. The surgery went well. First they drained the massive amount of fluid in her stomach before removing the spleen. The fluid was from the heart and not from the spleen leaking. The tumor in the spleen was about golf ball size or larger and the vet felt it was a typical lipoma filled with blood and it is being sent out for biopsy. The liver was enlarged and also looked peculiar so a piece was sent out for biopsy as well.
I was able to pick up Rainbow that evening and she continues to do very well. She is resting, taking her medications and is eating and drinking well. She is such a calm and wonderful little girl and is not bothering with her surgery site. She also acts like it is routine as usual and heads outside to do her business. Rainbow looks so much better too and feels more comfortable. The fluid build up was definitely affecting her heart and breathing. Her heart is pretty bad and considered to be congestive heart failure. She was born with this condition and such a shame she was in a home that neglected her and gave her no medical or veterinary care. Keeping an eye on her recovery and making sure she does not bloat up with fluid retention. If so then she will need to return and have the fluid drained. I have been using a soft tape measure to measure her girth and determine whether the fluid is building up.