The thread link above will give you a bit of background on Samantha and her story.
The wonderful news is after months of ups and downs - Samantha is doing so well that the attending vet will issue a health certificate and clear her for a solo transport.!!!
What was originally thought to be neurological signs of the disease a few weeks back (i.e.: stumbling, weakness - never seizures) is now believed to be purely weakness. An updated full blood panel was run and all was within normal range. The vet started her on some high protein food and vitamins and improvement came!!
Took awhile to get rid of the nasel and occular discharge, longer than I would have liked, but again the vet was willing to switch some medicines and she responded.
Now, I am trying to determine the best after care foster situation for her (even harder finding that ideal foster home). One that will allow her to continue to heal and grow stronger, as well as one that will prevent, as much as possible, other animals.
After speaking with several vets - it is felt that the ideal foster situation would be for Samantha to be the only dog for at least 3 more months. She has been in quarantine at the vet's in GA since the end of April.
I think she still has a road ahead of her, but right now, that road is looking much brighter than it ever did.
The vet tech who has been with her since Day 1 will be sending me an updated picture of Samantha and I will share.
There are several experienced rescue people who have stood firmly behind Samantha and I have to believe she felt that. It feels very strange to have cared so much about this little girl and be miles and miles away from her. We were so worried she was all alone and had to trust in her care, while trying to be her advocate, balancing the decisions.
I have basically zero experience with distemper and I am scrambling to learn more about aftercare. Does anyone have any experience/knowledge that might help me help Samantha a bit more?
PS I want to be clear- this was the girl that was pulled without rescue commitment. But, any foster would be through a reputable rescue - details will be worked out and all her foster vetting care will be continued to be paid.
My hope is that Samantha will one day find the forever home that she has been fighting for. She is young and has a lot of life to live.
Thank you to everyone who has kept her in your heart.