Special Needs Rescues
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BREED: SHIH TZU
AGE: 4 MONTHS
|Thea is a sweet little Shih Tzu about 4 months old, who was recently diagnosed with Atlantoaxial Instability (also known as AAL). Atlantoaxial Instability is a rare but serious condition in which there is abnormal movement or instability between the first and second vertebra of the spine. This abnormal movement causes pressure or pinching of the spinal cord, which eventually leads to total paralysis and eventually... death. Signs and symptoms include neck pain, weakness, and paralysis from the neck down. Atlantoaxial Instability may occur during birth or due to other trauma or injury. Without surgical treatment, this type of injury leads to further catastrophic spinal cord trauma, respiratory arrest, and eventually death. Thea's case is currently mild. Her only symptom is that her head tilts to the side. Although she is able to walk and play, this condition usually worsens rapidly. For the best possible outcome, the vet has recommended that Thea receive immediate surgery to repair her spine. We are now accepting donations to raise the funds to make this possible. Please help us help Thea by making a donation towards her surgery. All donations are tax deductible, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Thea's healthcare. She is also in need of a loving, forever home!|