Im in way over my head...

duck&chickencrazy

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So a co worker of mine told me someone had dumped 2 small breed dogs on her property and that she was going to take them to the animal shelter the next day because she couldnt have the dogs on her property. I told her that I would gladly take them and find new homes for them because I know grown dogs dont always have the best chances when taken to the pound (I usually do this when I know someone is going to take their animal to the pound, I take it and find the animal a new home so there is no chance it will be put down). So I figured this would keep 2 out of the pound and I would find new homes for them. Well thats not the story. She ended up bringing them to me when I got off work and it was dark and late at night so I didnt really get to look at them then. I put them in our dog kennels, fed, watered them and then went inside. When I went to clean them up today I noticed the one has a huge growth on her belly and it looks like a tumor. And it also looks like they might have mange...which really scares the crap out of me. I just tried helping some animals out and now Im in way over my head. I had already found the one a home and they were going to come pick it up tomorrow for their little girl but I dont want to put this burden on them. Im thinking this is why the dogs were dumped in the first place. I feel horrible that there really is nothing I can do for them because of this so I may have to take them to the pound because having them here puts my own animals at risk for getting anything these dogs have. I know I messed up and this was just plain stupid of me to take on the 2 dogs with out properly looking at them. All the other dogs that I have had to rehome were healthy dogs. Any advice for what I should do? Stick with taking them to the pound tomorrow?

Please dont be mean or say anything mean...I know I screwed up by bringing them to my house without properly looking at them...I know this...you dont need to tell me...I just really needed to talk about this because I feel really bad.
 

OnceAroundTheBlock

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Duck&chickencrazy, first of all, let me say you have a good heart! All you were trying to do was to buy them some more time and help out like a caring animal lover would want to do if possible.

I would never get upset with your decision, but I do have a little problem with your co-worker knowing that they had a skin condition (how could she not, mange is so obvious) and bringing them out after dark like that. Maybe she meant well too, I don't know.

I'm afraid you will probably have to take them on to the pound unless you want to take on the expensive and time consuming effort to get rid of this skin condition.

Sad decision to make and I do wish you all the best in whatever you decide to do.
 

fuzziebutt

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Dip them in burned motor oil and sulfer. That will get rid of the mange. The tumor is a vet thing. Good luck!! Maybe put a notice at the grocery store, or on Craiglist, and tell the people that you need someone to take these dogs, and give them some love and support.
 

sunny & the 5 egg layers

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I do not recommend using motor oil and sulfer on the mange. This will only make it worse.
Mange is very treatable and should not be too much of a concern. As far as the tumor, that is where a vet comes in. I reccomend taking that dog to the vet and have him take a look at the dog. He will do a skin scrap and determine what type it is. Then he will most likely perscribe medication.
Good Luck!
 

Frosty

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I'd have somebody look at them to see if it is mange before you panic. As far as the lump goes, it could be a tumor or a lipoma, or... ? Could you get them in to see a vet for an exam? If they know they aren't your dogs, sometimes they will give you a price break.
 

b.hromada

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First, I must say, bless you for trying to help them in the first place. Like was stated, if it is mange, it is pretty easy to treat. Now the "tumor", that would need a vet to determine what the dog has. I'm praying for the best for you and the dogs.
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debilorrah

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When looking for homes for them, you could always just be honest and find people that really want to help the animals. We were at PetSmart when we saw this horribly undernourished GSD up for adoption, and we took him home. Khan is his name, he loves to chase his tail, play with the goats and knock people down. There ARE people out there that will adopt an animal that has needs to become a good family pet.

<---------------- Sucker stamped on my forehead. Do not ask how many animals we have. Yes, we are legal.
 

yomama

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I would of done the same as you! No harsh words here.

I would say if I were you, and could afford it, I would take both to the vet. First to determine what type of mange, if it is mange, the dogs have. The type of mange will determine treatment. There are more than one kind. I would have to advise against the oil dip too, in case there are any open wounds or such. That could be very painful, not to mention make infection a possibility. Believe it or not, I have seen dogs with flea and/or other types allergies so bad, they look like they have mange. And yes, in the winter too. The fact that they both have it, makes me thing mange or flea allergies, though. As for the second dog. You said the lump is on her belly. It is possible that it could be cancerous, or could be benign. Possible mammary gland tumor, even hernia? That is for a vet to determine. Something as simple as a needle aspirate (where they insert a syringe, and see what comes out of it) could give the Dr an idea of what is going on. However, if taking these dogs to the vet is out of the question budget wise, I would search around for a non kill shelter. They may be able to take them in and treat them. Unfortunately, many kill shelters will most likely put the dogs down, due to their severe issues. Some may not. I wish I lived closer, I would totally help you tackle this. I've got a weird thing of wanting to make dogs with really bad skin issues better.
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Good luck!
 

yomama

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When looking for homes for them, you could always just be honest and find people that really want to help the animals. We were at PetSmart when we saw this horribly undernourished GSD up for adoption, and we took him home. Khan is his name, he loves to chase his tail, play with the goats and knock people down. There ARE people out there that will adopt an animal that has needs to become a good family pet.

<---------------- Sucker stamped on my forehead. Do not ask how many animals we have. Yes, we are legal.

Lol!! me too!!
 

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