Arrived in NZCR care: 20th April 2021
DOB: Estimated to be 8 years old, DOB unknown.
Breed: Chihuahua - Long Coat
Registered with NZCAR: Yes.
DogsNZ (NZKC): No.
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council.
Cat Friendly: Yes
Child Friendly: 8 years and older.
Human Sociable: With support, see below.
* TBC = "To be confirmed"
Ivy remained unclaimed at a local Pound - no other or known details / history to provide. Ivy was not registered or micro-chipped.
Due to Ivy's health we have decided to keep her in palliative care as a forever foster dog. This means, she cannot be adopted - but rather, will stay with one of our loving, experienced fosters for the duration of her life. The cost of her ongoing care will be met by the Trust.
We don't know much about Ivy at present as she has just come into our care. We do know that she is a quiet, timid wee girl with a bit of a nervy disposition. Ivy is slowly coming out of her shell but will need some time in foster care before we can detail her personality.
Ivy seems to like other dogs and gets along with small breed dogs very well. She will be living at a foster home with cats, fish and chickens.
Ivy's profile will be updated once we get to know her better!
Ivy was checked by our vet on 28/04/2021 and bloods were taken to confirm her fitness to undergo an anesthetic. Bloods were returned fine. Our vet confirmed that Ivy will need a dental procedure. Her heart is also great.
Ivy has also been placed on some eye drop medications to clear up her "weeping eyes".
Our vet also located a bite wound on the back of her leg which has been cleaned and dressed.
On 06/05/2021 Ivy had her dental and her back legs and spine examined as she appeared tender in this region.
During the dental, the vet removed several rotten teeth and cleaned the remaining healthy teeth.
There was also a large grass seed in the small wound on her leg, which has now been removed, flushed and should heal with a course of antibiotics.
Unfortunately, Ivy has ruptured cruciate ligaments in both of her knees. Given the degree of thickening present around each knee, we suspect these are chronic and likely happened some time ago.
During her anesthetic, Ivy also had 3 episodes of seizure-like activity, although she recovered well once awake. However this makes her an on-going risk for any future anesthetics. For this reason, and taking into account the chronic nature of her injuries, as well as her advanced age, we do not feel that surgery would be in her best interests, and we should also not attempt to spay her.
Due to the above, our Trustees and Vet have come to the decision that Ivy is not fit for adoption and we will provide palliative care until her pain is no longer manageable, at which point we should opt for euthanasia.
Ivy is now on a course of Clavaseptin for her wound, and ongoing Metacam for her pain. Ivy will be assessed by our Vet on a monthly basis to ensure we are managing her pain adequately.
Ivy will be flea and worm treated every 3 months while in trust care, to be continued by the Adopter.
SPONSORSHIP OF IVY:
Ivy is to be a forever foster of NZCR. If you are able to assist us with the costs of care for her that would be a huge help!
Ivy's medical costs will include her Metacam (pain relief) and anti-inflamatories, flea and worming, food etc.
If you are able to "sponsor" Ivy or even make a small one-off donation, please donate to:
Westpac New Zealand Chihuahua Rescue Trust Account:
We are so grateful for the assistance and please do email us for a tax receipt! As we are a registered charity, you can submit this to the IRD and claim back 33.33% of your donation.