ShinBi update: 5 March 2014

We hope to use this blog to keep you updated with ShinBi and be able to understand all of his medical problems as well as his progress.

sleeping under a warm blanket

ShinBi tested positive for heartworm, but he has no clinical signs (cough, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea). So he has been started on Trifexis which will also prevent fleas. He is also being given Doxycycline and Dexamethasone.  Luckily, this isn’t mosquito season yet and heartworm can only be transferred by a mosquito bite. Dogs on preventative heartworm medication will be protected.

ShinBi displayed excessive thirst and urination. Poor Sue Baldwin! That means a lot of clean up.


We had feared he might have Cushings disease, but that’s been eliminated. ShinBi has diabetes and is being treated with insulin.

First insulin shot

Although ShinBi’s outlooks is basically positive, remember, with heartworms and diabetes, along with his severely emaciated state, ShinBi still has a long way to go. He needs to regain weight (he’s already put on 3 pounds as of last week) and he needs to rebuild muscles. He’s too weak to be allowed out and around with other normal dogs who might inadvertently injure him.

Because he was shaved in South Korea due to his tick infestation, ShinBi also doesn’t have insulation against the cold or protection against sunburn. He needs to be covered as much as possible.

The blog contains information about ShinBi’s treatment and the medications he is taking.  This blog is still under construction so there are categories (especially about the team members in South Korea and California) that have not been completed. Shinbi in raincoat

Jana J. Monji

with Merroll Flynn and Mearl Hickey


If you’d like to help Southland Collie Rescue cover the costs of ShinBi’s care, you can:

Donate directly by sending a check to:

  • Southland Collie Rescue 
  • P.O. Box 1596
  • Brea, CA 92822-1596
  • Instruct that the donation is for ShinBi

You can donate through Just Give.

You can donate through the GoFundMe page.


7 thoughts on “ShinBi update: 5 March 2014

  1. I hope his vets are aware of the MDR1 gene mutation that is prevalent in collies and are not giving him certain antibiotics and heartworm meds that are potentially toxic to collies.

    • Hi, Janet. Sue Baldwin is a long-time collie rescuer and is the Southland Collie Rescue coordinator for Orange County. Her vet is used to caring for her collies and rescues so I think ShinBi is in good hands.

      • Doxycycline is one of the drugs listed on WSU’s website and I saw that this collie was being administered that particular drug.

      • Hi, Janet.

        Here’s the link to the WSU page.

        According to the page: “Doxycycline (antibacterial drug). While we know that doxycycline is pumped by P-glycoprotein (the protein encoded by the MDR1 gene), we have not documented any increased sensitivity to this drug in dogs with the MDR1 mutation compared to “normal” dogs. Therefore, we do not recommend altering the dose of doxycycline for dogs with the MDR1 mutation.”

        Note that this is under the “appear to be safely tolerated” in dogs with the MDR1 mutation. I have not confirmed that ShinBi has this mutation.

    • Brandy, thank you for providing a link which explains why a doctor might want to use Doxycycline. I will try to add this on later to the Treatment info.

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