Stray Thoughts 2018 Volume 1 Stray Thoughts_Winter 2018_Digital

Stray Thoughts News, Events & Adoption Information Winter 2018 Inside Page 2: General Information Page 3 Ready for a Home Page 4: Ask the Trainer Page 5: Emails & Letters Page 6: Pet Watch with Dr. Main Ways to Give Page 7: Hearty Thanks! Page 8: Volunteer Spotlight Stray Thoughts is an official publication of the West Suburban Humane Society, a not-for-profit, volunteer- based animal shelter. No city, state, or federal funds support WSHS. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. Please call (630) 960-9600, ext. 25 to submit articles or receive donation information. Adoption Center: 1901 W. Ogden Avenue, Downers Grove, IL 60515 E-mail Address: Phone: (630) 960-9600 Fax: (630) 960-9604 Meet Victor, A Happy Dog in Need of a Happy Home W hen we got the call from one of our rescue partners in Central Illinois about an 8-year-old American Bulldog that needed a home, we took one look at his sweet face and knew we had to take him. He had lived with one owner his whole life but the owner’s apartment complex changed the rules and would no longer allow Victor to live there. When Victor arrived at the shelter he was a ball of energy. He was jumping, wagging his tail and trying to give kisses to everyone he met. While in the process of checking him in, he was fine one minute and then the next he fell down and seemed to struggle getting back up. This happened three or four times in a row. We immediately rushed him to our vet and so began our journey with Victor. The vet couldn’t immediately find anything wrong with Victor so he asked to keep him overnight to monitor him. He did blood work which came back normal. He took x-rays which showed some minor arthritis in his back. Nothing else was found so Victor returned the shelter where we were instructed to monitor his balance issues. Once back at the shelter, Victor continued to have problems with his balance off and on. The vet recommended seeing a cardiologist for an echocardiogram. We had the test done and it came back normal. All was fine with his heart but why was this poor guy still having problems? The vet then recommended that we see a neurologist. Victor had a neurological exam which again was completely normal. The neurologist recommended that we do further testing which included an MRI, spinal tap, abdominal ultrasound, and blood work. She did caution us that it was very likely all of these tests would be normal and we still wouldn’t know why Victor was having episodes. Before any of this could be done, she wanted Victor to undergo a Holter Monitor test. The test would be done over a 24 hour period. Victor would wear a heart monitor and the monitor would record any arrhythmias. Unfortunately, the test couldn’t be done at the shelter so we had to find a foster home that would be able to watch him over the 24 hour period. One of our volunteers stepped up and the test was done. Once again, everything was normal. Finally, we made the decision to not move forward with the neurologist’s suggestions. Continued on page 2