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So many dogs come to us in need of help every week. On this page you will find the stories of some of them. The images are graphic so please be mindful of this. There may be scenes of surgery also. When this is the case the vet practice has kindly allowed us to share the images on this page. They retain the copyright.
Our clinic work is powered entirely by the kindness of strangers. If you are able to support the dogs & our work with a donation we would be extremely grateful, thank you
Abandoned Sick Dog
This male dog was found abandoned in a nearby location in poor condition & distressed.
He was originally placed under the care of another organisation & treated locally.
His poor condition was not due to starvation. He tested positive for anaplasmosis. A course of antibiotics began. He was not under our care at that time.
The dog had nowhere to go so was given a private kennel at the shelter. We paid for his food although he did receive a few cans from the organisation responsible for his care.
He settled well but failed to gain weight.
We stepped in & asked that he be taken to our vet. It was discovered that he was not receiving the correct dosage of medication. This was adjusted.
He was transferred over to our care.
We were initially concerned that his infection may have been antibiotic resistant. Thankfully that does not appear to be the case. His weight gain is slow but sure. He is staying with our vet for close observation.
We expect him to make a complete recovery
Hit & Run Victim
Shelter project workers were called to a puppy approximately 16 weeks old. The male puppy had been hit by a car & dragged himself into the bushes.
Puppy had a broken leg and multiple wounds and abrasions from the impact and the effort made to drag himself to a place of safety.
He was bleeding profusely from his wounds.
Puppy was treated for shock & internal bleeding.
His wounds were closed with sutures.
Appropriate action was taken to reset the broken bone & a full blood panel was taken.
Puppy has been virtually adopted and named Ajax. He remained at the clinic for observation.
Within 12 hours Ajax was able to stand & had a hearty appetite.
This male terrier type dog came to clinic with a splinter of wood embedded in his penis. It had been there for some time causing an infection. The patient was treated for the infection and the splinter removed.
Patient recovered completely.
Dogo Mix Admitted With Corneal Issues & An Undescended Testicle
A Dogo mix was found abandoned in the shelter garden. He was nervous & very hungry. His physical noted a corneal problem & an undescended testicle.
He was prescribed drops for the corneal issues.
It is a legal requirement in Turkey that banned breeds including the Dogo Argentino are spayed or neutered. The undescended testicle made this lovely lads surgery a little more difficult but it was successful thanks to the skill of our vet.
Treatment costs were £126.24, kindly covered by Helen Monday’s #MoveItForDogs skydive. Many thanks also to everyone who donated.
Three Patients Admitted With Giardiasis Test Positive For Corona
Three adult patients were admitted with watery stools. They tested positive for giardiasis & corona.
Giardiasis is caused by a protozoan parasite picked up by dogs from contaminated ground or water.
All three dogs responded well to treatment & are now recovered.
Treatment costs for all three dogs was £139.29, kindly covered by Helen Monday’s #MoveItForDogs skydive. Many thanks also to everyone who donated.
Three Patients Test Positive For Parvovirus
Parvovirus is a highly contagious illness which causes severe gastrointestinal disease in dogs, particularly puppies. It can be fatal It affects the immune systems of dogs. The virus causes fever, vomiting & diarrhoea, often with bloody stools.
Three dogs came in to clinic with parvovirus over a 5 day period, unusually one of these dogs was an adult. Fortunately none of the dogs entered the shelter & the shelter worker initiated measures to prevent transmission to other dogs.
Parvovirus can be expensive to treat as intense nursing & supportive treatments are the only line of defence against this dreadful disease. Without medical intervention almost all affected dogs die.
All three dogs recovered with only one needing to return to clinic with unusual gait.
Treatment costs for all three dogs was £900, kindly covered by Helen Monday’s #MoveItForDogs skydive. We have named one of the dogs Helen to honour the lifesaving fundraiser that this very kind lady took on. Many thanks also to everyone who donated.
An orphaned male puppy came to clinic with an orbital fracture & the eye popping out.
In most cases of fractures of this kind blunt force trauma has been the cause.
The eye was removed & the fracture repaired.
Puppy was discharged to our isolation unit for recovery. This is needed because his immune system is weak.
He is eating well & recovering from his surgery as expected.
*****TRIGGER WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES***
Shortly after Maya came to clinic a male dog arrived with the same injuries.
His skin was burnt from hip to neck all along one side. After examination it was determined that he had also had boiling water poured over him just like Maya, most likely from the same person.
Treatment began right away following steps which were taken to heal Maya & control her pain.
We are happy to say this was a success.
The patient continues to do well with medications for pain & skin treatments.
The patient is also being treated for an eye condition.
Maya’s story *****TRIGGER WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES***
Everyone involved in the project was completely shocked & sickened when Maya was found lying on the side of the road.
She was lifeless & clearly in a huge amount of pain. She had a vast area of skin missing, from her neck to her hip all along one side. It looked like she had been in contact with something caustic.
Somebody had thrown boiling water at this beautiful innocent girl. One can only assume that the attack was premeditated as nobody carries freshly boiled water around with them. It is likely that Maya was just there & her presence unwanted by someone who doesn’t like dogs.
With the help of the burns unit treatment began right away. Maya stayed at the clinic in Canakkale until she was well enough to be discharged in to the care of our little clinic. She is in a thoroughly clean side room in the clinic & shows no sign of distress at being there.
The two pictures above track her progress. The course of antibiotics & other preventative measures have thankfully been successful at keeping bacterial infection at bay.
She has an ointment that is appied to her skin regularly each day & as you can see she is healing nicely & also very quickly.
Without the project and the homeless animal clinic Maya would have died a dreadful, painful lonely death by the side of the road. Your support is making such a huge difference to so many lives & we cannot ever thank you enough for that.
We have no idea at the moment how Maya will be emotionally following this trauma. She is naturally worried at times but like all of our dogs seems to instinctively feel safe with Nilufer. We will take everything one step at a time for Maya & listen very carefully to her as she makes her final steps to a complete recovery.
Sebastain is a male terrier who arrived at the shelter in a lethargic condition unable to eat, bleeding from the mouth & had impaired vision.
On examination the patient was found to have advanced oral disease. He had numerous cavities, gum loss, gingivitis & necrosis in the jaw bone.
The patient had 11 rotten teeth removed, gingivectomy & descaling. Unfortunately necrotic bone had to be removed also.
The corneal ulcer was also treated.
It was discovered that the patient also suffers from arthritis so medication was given for that too
Surgery went well & the patient is expected to make a full recovery.
Hope is a kangal mix who came to us just after the clinic opened. He was our very first patient. A report came to Nilufer that a car was seen deliberately trying to run over a dog & had hit the dog twice before he escaped the driver.
Hope arrived in a state of shock with internal bleeding. Miraculousy no bones were broken. He was treated for the shock & bleeding by Dr V.
Hope’s x-ray was quite a shock. The film showed bullets fired from two guns embedded in Hope’s rear suggesting that Hope had been shot while running away.
It is not unusual to find a few bullets in the dogs that we care for, but Hope’s condition was truly shocking. His rear is peppered with lead shot.
Unfortunately the people responsible for the attacks on Hope have never been identified and therefore have not faced prosecution. Even if they had been brought to justice we are not confident that they would have received punishment.
It is a very sad fact that many of the dogs under our care have been shot. We discover this when we send them for x-rays due to broken bones or other issues.
Hope appeared in the newspaper of his local area highlighting his condition to spread awareness that abusing dogs in this way is unacceptable.
Hope is still with us recovering from his ordeal. It is possible that at some point he will develop lead poisoning & will need to receive further treatment.
A male shepherd type dog experiencing paralysis in Bilecik district was brought to our attention. He was in obvious distress, struggling to move. Despite numerous calls to action in Turkey nobody was able to help this poor boy.
Bilecik’ten felçli canımız yola çıktı. Tedavisini üstlenen sevgili @DogDeskAction çok teşekkür ederiz. Nakil için bize destek olan @KathrynOgden13 @Lisaeljo @Anne76882585 minnettarız. can dostumuz Ankara Pet Transfer Savaş Bey canımızı teslim etmek için aldı ve yola çıktılar pic.twitter.com/XHdzMYuYBc— Bağımsız Patiler Derneği-Official (@BagimsizPatiler) May 28, 2022
Our friends in Istanbul arranged for the dog to be sent via pet courier to the clinic where Nilufer & Dr V were waiting to receive him. A kind dog lover came forward to help with the dogs long-term care, they called him Arthur.
Arthur had a very nasty wound from dragging which needed urgent care. It was infected. The wound was cleaned, a course of antibiotics was started & Arthur was given pain relief. He also had mange, treatment began for that also.
Arthurs x-ray shows a total of 10 bullets, this is most likely what has caused the paralysis, we are waiting for Dr V to confirm.
Arthur is an incredibly loving dog, who, despite the trauma he has gone through at the hands of humans is happy to trust & craves love & attention.
It is incredibly humbling to see a dog who has had their ears hacked off with a knife & shot ten times asking for the touch of a gentle hand. We are told he is also a wonderful patient who lets his carers tend to his wound without arguement.
Arthur truly is a wonderful boy.
Billy is an orphaned puppy, the victim of a hit & run. He was found by our friend Efeler who feeds hundreds of dogs in Aydin. Efeler saved the little one from certain death by taking him to an emergency vet & finding a safe place for him off the streets. Without this huge act of kindness Billy would not be with us now. Caring for dogs on the streets in Turkey is very difficult. Dog food is expensive, there are hundreds of hungry dogs to feed & often animal advocates are attacked both verbally & physically for caring for the dogs.
Billy could not stay at the safe house for an indefinite period of time so we offered to take him in at the shelter.
He arrived early in the morning on 24/05/2022 & was taken to Dr V right away.
While the x-ray is worrying we do not berate or shame the vet in Aydin who carried out Billy’s surgeries although we will need to operate again to repair the damage.
There is a fragment of femur which needs to be removed, you can see this on the left hand side as you look at the screen.
You will notice the other femur is pushing against his bowel both reducing the bowel width & creating inflammation which in turn will be causing pup issues when he tries to go to the loo. He will be constipated to some degree, left untreated the blockage would have killed Billy.
Two operations are needed to fix these problems
Billy has a low blood count & is lethargic, Dr V thinks that the pain is causing some misery.
Checking Billy’s gait
Billy will be staying at Nilufer’s home with pain relief & prescription puppy food to give him a bit of a boost. He will be nursed by a suitable experienced person while Nilufer is with the other dogs at the shelter.
Dr V is moving appointments around in his diary to operate on Billy as soon as possible. Please check back for further updates.
Billy Has His First Surgery
Billy had the first of 2 surgeries to repair the damage to his hips. Everything went as expected. he is at home with Nilufer & recovering well
Pamuk is a dog with some known history, he had been lovingly cared for by an animal advocate in Turkey who we are honoured to call our friend. Like lots of homeless dogs Pamuk came & went, sometimes a couple of weeks would pass while he was away on an adventure but he always returned to his carer who has known him all his life.
Nilufer checks the kennels & the accommodation blocks several times a day for any signs of illness in the dogs. She noticed that Pamuk’s face looked a bit swollen & he had a runny nose. She messaged me to say that she was taking him to Dr V that morning.
The rate of swelling to poor Pamuks face increased as did the discharge from his nose. You will also notice the redness & black areas in his eyes.
Dr V told us that tests confirmed lead poisoning & x-rays showed the presence of bullets in Pamuk’s body. But the bullets & lead poisoning were not the only issues our lovely old boy had been battling with. Dr V could feel a mass in his nose which he aspirated. More x-rays were taken.
The x-rays showed masses in the sinuses, nostril & the roots of many teeth. Many of Pamuk’s teeth were cracked, broken & missing & his gums were oozing. He also had a huge bulge in the roof of his mouth. Pamuk had been living with these problems for a long time. His carer had noticed that his eyes were red but that is all. We suspect that his condition deteriorated rapidly due to the lead poisoning. So many ailments in a geriatric street dog would be very demanding on his body.
The images make his condition look far worse than it was due to the dye used for the aspiration & the bleeding caused by taking a sample for study.
Many of our dogs have very poor oral health. While Pamuk was given suitable food by his carer, she wouldn’t know what he was eating while away on one of his frequent adventures. Our cat Tigger was only 4 when he came to us from Istanbul & had to have a significant number of teeth removed due to eating out of bins in the city.
That bulge in the roof of pamuk’s mouth was a worry & one that kept us awake at night. Dr V had to treat Pamuk’s oral infections with antibiotics & build Pamuk’s strength up before surgery could begin. It was a tense time for everybody. Pamuk is not a young dog, he has just turned nine. We know this because his previous carer has known him since he was a puppy.
I was particularly concerned about Pamuk’s pain control & quality of life while he endured the four surgeries needed to repair the damage the infections and tumours had done to his mouth and nose. Dr V assured me that he was comfortable & as high as a kite the whole time which pleased me greatly. One of the things we love about Dr V is his sensitivity to his patients, sadly not every vet I have met is as considerate.
Pamuk was unable to eat after his surgeries & was tube fed for a time. Ten days later he was able to eat normally & his cone was removed. He still has some healing to do & the fur on his face needs to grow back.
On the streets without a carer Pamuk would have died slowly from the lead poisoning, infection & tumours. With our help he will live the remainder of his life in pain free comfort even if he now has to have a soft diet it is a very small price to pay.
We are delighted that his tumours were not malignant. If they had been the prognosis would have been very poor and we would most likely, after gathering, agreed to let him go peacefully on his way to the bridge.
We are so happy with the outcome for Pamuk & will watch him with a smile when he comes home.
Orla is one of three siblings known to us as the three golden puppies. You may know that they came to us when we rescued Georgie & her puppies. They had been living in a garbage dump in Iznik. Garbage dump dogs are our biggest worry. They live in human detritus, the filth that we generate & toss away.
Many homeless dogs are attracted to the dumps to scavenge on food scraps while others are deliberately sent there to die by municipalities.
It is absolutely heartbreaking to watch these beautiful souls picking their way through old food containers, lying on dirty nappies & sanitary towels, walking on used condoms, mothers carving out nests for their babies in the towers of rubbish, lining them with plastic bags.
In the UK we talk a lot about the importance of high welfare breeding to make sure that puppies have the best start in life.
I weep when I see what our babies are born in to. No dog should struggle so hard just to stay alive.
Now that I have that off my chest I will talk about our puppy. A female who needs a name & a sponsor. We need sponsors to help us give the pups that fighting chance that they need. Sponsors help us to pay for parasite treatments & vaccinations. Sponsors help us to maintain kennels to give them shelter & decent food to fill their tummies.
A sponsor came forward shortly after this entry and named the puppy Orla.
Orla stopped eating & had the runs, she had a prolapse. Tests were carried out & proved infection with a parasite called giardia most likely picked up from a contaminated water source at the dump. A contagious infection that sometimes causes very little in the way of symptoms & often clears up on its own although reinfection can happen.
Our little one also tested positive for e.canis, spread by the bite of a tick, e.canis is beginning to be the bane of my life. I wonder if there is a dog in the whole of Turkey that hasn’t had it.
Orla had other siblings who were rescued by one of our rescue friends in Turkey. I contacted them right away with the information & they told us that some but not all of the siblings were also affected by giardia. Rubbish dumps really aren’t the best place for pups to be born.
Orla began treatment right away & has picked up very quickly. She is back at home with us & her little family with no more runny bottom or nasty tummy ache.
Her vet bill was £248 which we were able to pay with Medina’s #MoveItForDogs sponsorship money. If you contributed to her fundraiser thank you very much for making our little golden girl better & thank you Medina & dad for doing those extra steps.
Morris was found to have dirofilaria (heartworm) & ehrlichiosis. Both are easily preventable with monthly treatments. Both diseases cause significant damage to dogs & seen very frequently in dogs who come to the clinic for help.
Please see here for information on canine ehrlichiosis here
The CDC also have an excellent resource on ehrlichiosis which can be found here https://www.cdc.gov/ehrlichiosis/index.html
We needed to treat Morris for heartworm & E.canis & get some weight on him before we could begin to think about fixing his leg. Without treating his other conditions before surgery we would have been putting him in a dangerous position in regard to the operation itself & surgery.
The break in Morris’s leg is old & the bones have fused. Morris will need to have the bone broken again & pinned. Following that surgery he will need a course of physiotherapy at the clinic in Canakkale before he can be discharged in to our care & placed back in to general population.
Olive was found in a state of shock barely able to walk with concussion & two old bullets retained causing lead poisoning. She had taken a beating to the head resulting in a bleed.
She was hospitalised in ICU, given oxygen, treated for blood loss & concussion.
X-rays revealed the presence of two bullets, tests proved lead poisoning.
The following videos show her progression through treatment.
She was discharged on 19/04 with medication & needs to return to clinic to have the bullets removed.
She is extremely worried about people & even unsure of other dogs at this moment in time. She has fear aggression, which is hardly surprising given what she has been through at the hands of humans.
Olive was originally placed with some of the motherless puppies who had good immunity, she was anxious at first but eventually allowed them to approach. She has spent time with humans following a period of socialisation but unfortunately just isn’t quite ready to stop hiding.
We will discuss the needs of the shier dogs at our next meeting & work out a care plan for them which best responds to their individual needs. We would like to create more hidey holes for them & a home environment if at all possible.
Bello came to us after being abandoned on the side of the road in Yalova. Nilufer noticed that one of his eyes was inflamed & had a discharge. Dr V ran a full blood panel which came back negative ruling out disease. On examination it was noticed that the eyelashes were turning in & while doing so scratching the eye. This condition is known as entropion eye.
Before & immediately after surgery
The stitches are removed
Ayla is a young dog who came in unable to stand, she had been hit by a car & was found to have three broken bones. Two breaks in one limb & one break in another.
Dr V gave Ayla pain relief, later he began a series of 3 operations to repair her broken bones with pins.
Snippets from Ayla’s Surgery