Age: 2 Yr2. Old
Adoption Fee: $700
Special Needs: no
I am a 4-month-old beautiful girl. My family loved me to death and wanted to keep me with all their hearts. But I was born with inverted lady parts, which caused me to suffer from a chronic UTI most of my life. The infected urine caused blistering and swelling, so my family needed some help. I went to the vet many times, but nothing could get the infection under control. My family felt hopeless and wanted to get me the help I needed, so they called rescue.
Dr. Larsen put me on a strong medication and now they’re doing laser treatments for the swelling. I’m already feeling so much better, but we’re taking it one day at a time right now. I’m sure I’ll be running and playing again, soon.
I hope you like my Valentine’s Day pictures! Keep watching for me. I’ll be back with an update soon!
2/26/20 Update: Ida Claire had a second surgery this week to repair damage to her vulva. Before she came to rescue, she unfortunately spent a lot of time sitting in urine, so the flesh both inside and outside were badly scalded. This caused the vulva to become inverted, so Dr. Larsen did surgery Tuesday to correct the problem. Thank you to our supporters for allowing us to care for her!
She is so ready to be set free from the cone of shame!
3/23/20 Update: Foster girl Ida Claire is ready for a virtual happy hour. Raising our glasses for our restaurant, grocery and health care workers, as well as all the delivery drivers! Thank you for helping us. Ida Claire is enjoying this stay at home directive. Not quite sure she understands social distancing though…….
6/30/20 Update: Ida Claire is one of the sweetest and most loving dogs that we have ever had the pleasure of fostering. She loves everything, and gets along wonderfully with everyone. She is 9 months old and has the most beautiful, soulful and expressive eyes. For the past few months, we have been observing her and working on her medical needs.
A few weeks ago, Ida was being a puppy and slightly injured her back leg from playing. This resulted in her being on crate rest for 4 weeks. She has not enjoyed her time in “jail” and not getting to play with her best friends. She doesn’t think this is fair. Thankfully, it looks like the anti-inflammatories and crate rest are working and letting her leg heal! Just one more week to go of rest.
As you might remember, when she came into rescue, she had a lot of damage on her back end due to severe urine scalding. Dr. Larsen said it was the worst she had ever seen. She did some reconstructive surgery to remove excess skin and deteriorated flesh. The original hope was that, once her anatomy was reconstructed and she was properly tended to, all her issues would be behind her. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be that easy for Ida.
After we got her all healed from the surgeries, we noticed that she leaks urine and that her urine is extremely strong in odor. She is not fully incontinent. She is potty trained and will go to the door or bark to be taken outside to pee and poop, but she still leaks and cannot control the leakage.
We have tried a few different medications to see if it would help, but so far, nothing has shown a significant improvement. Due to her leakage, she is diapered in the house. This is what’s best for her overall health and also for sanitary reasons. She gets diaper-free time every time she goes outside to play or take care of her business. She adjusted very quickly and is easy to diaper and change. I was just alerted to some new designer diaper covers with ruffles that alumna Valentine Rose recently received, so I will be purchasing a set for Ida Claire and also for her fellow diapered foster sister, Jane Bennet.
I wish I could report that diapering Ida would also be a great solution to all of her medical needs, but unfortunately, that is not the case.
As I said earlier, her urine is extremely strong and potent and actually still burns her, both externally and internally.
We’ve tried several supplements trying to adjust the pH and acidity, and so far nothing has helped and it’s time for her to see a specialist. We just don’t know why she leaks or why her urine is so strong. We’re hoping that the specialist can determine the cause and create a treatment plan to help Ida live her best, pain-free life. As everyone knows, specialists are not cheap and that doesn’t change just because Ida is a rescue. Her appointment is set for next Friday, July 3.
Even with all of this, Ida is still the sweetest little girl and loves to be held and give kisses. And, did I mention food? Ida LOVES food. Any kind, any time of day, Ida is ready for a snack. She knows where the treat jar is and will knock anyone out of the way for a treat. She also will make a scene if she can’t be right next to the dinner table when we are eating. She has cleanup to do, just in case a crumb happens to drop. She is an absolute joy.
8/2/20 Update: Wow, what a day! It has been a long one, but we now have a plan and know a bit more about what is going on with sweet Ida.
During the procedure they filled and plugged her bladder with antibiotics. The antibiotics will stay in her bladder for 2hrs and then they will drain them out with a catheter. They will repeat this treatment again tomorrow morning. They are currently working with the microbiologist to decide what medication(s) to send her home with. There is a concern that she is also MRSA P which adds a little more to the equation but it will be addressed and treated.
They have determined that is best that she stay hospitalized until Thursday. She had a little bit of difficulty waking up from anesthesia and appeared in pain. They acted quickly to get her pain under control and managed. During my last check-in with them she was lightly sedated but resting comfortably.
Her new estimate for today’s procedure and hospital stay has increased to $5,000.
In addition to the above $5,000 for this week’s treatment, if you remember at the start of this update I said that they were unable to make the anatomical repair that she needs. This means that she will need to return in a few weeks for that repair procedure once we have this infection better under control. The estimate for that procedure is between $5,000-$6,000.
Ida is only 11months old and is the sweetest girl with the most beautiful eyes and gentle souls.
9/12/20 Update: Ida is still leaking some and being diapered. However, it’s NOWHERE near what it was. The bad smell is gone and the exterior looks good. It’s not constantly “damaged” like before, but she does have some leakage after the repair, which we knew was a possibility.
10/22/20 Update: She took a quick visit to see Dr. Larsen last week for a urine culture and it was all clear! This is awesome news for Ida and tells us that we are on the right path and made the best decisions for her with her previous procedures.