About this Special Case
The lovable German Shepherd with a rare skin condition
Can you help Sterling find his silver lining? This beautiful German Shepherd was pulled from the euthanasia line up at a shelter across the border by another rescue organization. After taking him on, they soon realized his medical needs were more significant than they were able to cope with and transferred him to our care. Our in house Veterinary team was shocked by his condition on arrival. He had a very thin body condition, deep and painful skin ulcerations in numerous locations on his body, and evidence of healing skin infections. He had received treatment at the previous shelter, but they did not have the resources to determine the underlying cause of his illness, so Sterling did not respond to the antibiotics given and there was not much more they could do.
After a team discussion, we decided that Sterling deserved at least a diagnosis before deciding if euthanasia was the best option for him, so we performed skin biopsies, bacterial cultures and blood work. The results came back as a somewhat unusual condition, called German Shepherd Pyoderma, resulting in some very resistant bacteria causing the deep infections in his skin. We were grateful to have a diagnosis, but German Shepherd Pyoderma is a disease that does not have a lot of information to guide treatment and prognosis, and based on his lab results we knew he was going to need long term treatment with some very expensive medications.
As you can imagine, the bills are adding up quickly but ultimately the decision was made to give this sweet guy a chance at healing. We have him on the appropriate medications and have been monitoring his progress since. He is making steady improvements, his skin is much better, although still has some ways to go. He is re-growing hair and putting on weight, and generally just a good natured, loving boy. If you are able to give a donation to support the cost of pricey medications & tests and to give Sterling the gift of healing, we (& Sterling of course) would be oh-so-thankful!