Bella Zita is a very tiny, very sweet, very special Maltese girl born on December 8, 2009 and currently weighs 7 lbs. There's a lot to read here, but we wanted to share this information since she requires a bit of special care. Bella spent the first four years or so of her life in a puppy mill cage to be used for BREEDING! When she was about 4 years old, the SPCA rescued Bella from the mill, and another rescue group adopted little Bella to a women they assumed would be her mommy forever. Sometimes things just don't work out, and after owning Bella for over 2.5 years, her "mommy" turned her over to us to rehome her. Why? Well, we were told it was because she couldn't get 7 lb. Bella 100% housebroken. That didn't worry us a bit, as it's actually very common that most of these tiny breed dogs can truly be challenging to house break, so we always recommend backup use of floor potty training pads for those times they just can't wait for you to take them out. We also found out that Bella had a seizure disorder because she came to us with her prescription of Phenobarbital. It seems the owner forgot to mention this.
Shortly after she arrived at Joyful Rescues, one of our staff members saw Bella have a seizure in her intake kennel. We knew it wasn't likely she could safely be out to roam with the multitude of dogs at Joyful Rescues, so we asked one of our volunteers in Webster if she would foster her so Bella would be more closely managed and not have to be stuck in a crate all the time, so Bella took a nice ride up to Webster, NY where she lives with her foster family now.
When Bella's foster mom was reviewing the health records we sent with her, we discovered that Bella was behind on some routine vet care, but also on some very important care such as doing periodic lab work to check her Phenobarbital level for seizure control. Depending on the dog's history, most vets recommend this level be checked every 6 months to a year. Bella's foster mom currently has dogs of her own (and has had dogs in the past) with seizure disorder and is familiar with how to care for them, so we know she's in good hands.
A few days after arriving at her home, Bella's foster mom recorded that she had four seizures within an 18-hour time frame. Although she recovered from them in typical fashion, her foster mom got her to the vet right away to have her level checked and full labs run to be sure we have full information for a potential adopter. Her veterinarian, Tim Vleuten at County Line Animal Hospital, had a feeling Bella may be one of those dogs that would benefit from being on TWO medications, and in addition to her Phenobarbital twice a day started her on Levetiracetam three times a day. Knock on wood, so far it seems to have done the trick! Her foster mom has not witnessed any additional seizures since adding the new medication.
If you wonder what the cost of these maintenance drugs will run per month (and she will likely need them for her entire life), Wegman's Pharmacy said the Phenobarbital at her dose will cost about $34 per month (possibly a bit less with their discount program), and the Levetiracetam will cost between $10-11 per month. While not outrageously expensive compared to some medications, we do realize this additional monthly cost isn't something everyone can manage, so we wanted to give you this information before you apply to adopt her.
It also seems she may have some seasonal allergies and the fur around her eyes was a bit pink and itchy when she arrived, but some eye drops cleared that right up!
Enough about the issues of concern! Now we want to tell you more about Bella's personality! She is a bit on the timid side, but has never tried to bite, She will nervously wiggle a bit when you try to pick her up, but then settles in nicely and will let you hold her. She loves resting beside you in bed for a nap, too. Bella tolerated her professional grooming well, and what a little gem was uncovered under the overgrown mess she arrived in!
She's not an overly kissy girl, but we think she's still trying to figure out who all these new people in her life are.
Bella does great with other dogs; actually very willing to approach and introduce herself, but she doesn't seem to play much; not with other dogs or toys. We're hoping she'll learn to enjoy both! Bella is great with both men and women, but probably not the best choice for children who want a dog to play with.
She does much better with moist canned food than dry, and is currently eating canned Authority for Adult Lamb and Rice formula. She gobbles it right down, and it seems to agree with her as her stool is nicely formed and very easy to pick up.
Concerned she could wake during the night with a seizure (which sort of makes them flop around like a fish out of water and sometimes lose control of bodily functions) it's safer to have Bella NOT sleep in bed with you unless you know you'll wake up if she has an episode. Otherwise, a fall to the floor for such a tiny girl could cause serious injury. Her foster mom has a dog bed with a blanket on her bedroom floor, and also a crate with the door tied OPEN in her bedroom also made cushy with super soft blankets, so Bella has choices. She seems to prefer the open crate most of the time, and she always comes out of the crate to potty and doesn't mess in her bed.
Her foster mom and dad have lots of other dogs, too. When they are home, they bring Bella out into the living room and kitchen with the whole gang, but when they can't be there to supervise her, she gets free run of the bedroom for safety reasons. Sometimes if a dog has a seizure, other dogs don't realize what's happening and may actually go after the floundering dog.
The only time they've heard Bella bark, and it's more like a little cry, is during a seizure. Other than that, she's a very quiet dog.
She is a little princess waiting for a very special adopter, willing to take in a special dog with special needs and give her the care and love she deserves. But no worries! Her foster mom and dad adore her, and they're in no hurry to have her leave. If they were younger, or had fewer dogs themselves, they'd have already adopted her, so she will be well cared for until her forever home is found. Thank you for reading such a long description. We felt it was worth sharing.
The Adoption Fee for this dog is $200.00
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