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.
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.
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.
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.