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MEDICAL RESOURCES

Our rehabilitation efforts address the physical and emotional needs of rescued animals and prepare them for the second chance they deserve.

You can make a difference by fostering, adopting, or making a donation toward these worthy animals.

If you have a medical question about your foster or adopted dog or need to schedule an appointment contact our medical team for non-emergencies.

All requests/inquiries are prioritized based on the level of severity/urgency. If you do not receive a response within 48 hours, or if the condition of your foster animal changes, follow up with us by sending another email within the original email thread. Do not call or text medical team volunteers for non-emergency inquiries.

 

Reminder all medical requests must go through the request email!

If you text for non-emergencies you will be redirected to the website to schedule.

 

Please text the team for all emergencies - please include the type of emergency, the dogs name, and your location. Please let us know immediately the medical team will advise you of the next step.

*medical inquiries posted in the "dallas dog rrr foster/adopter communication" facebook group may not be seen by our volunteers promptly due to post volume.

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Emergencies

Please be mindful that most of our veterinary partners close by 6pm. If your foster animal has been ill all day and/or the previous day, one of our veterinary partners may be able to see them during their operating hours. This helps us avoid the high cost of emergency vet clinics, which can be thousands of dollars. Do not wait, or hesitate, to request an emergency appointment!

Scheduling Appointments

Please request appointments in advance - our veterinary partners are typically booked 1-2 weeks out, sometimes longer.  

 

It is the responsibility of fosters and adopters to remember the veterinary appointment details provided by Dallas DogRRR. Our Medical team consists of two volunteers who: schedule appointments, request records, work with our Adoption team, triage medical questions and handle emergencies for more than 200 dogs. We have one volunteer that uploads and maintains records, tracks microchips, and more.

 

Due to the high volume of inquiries we receive, please avoid contacting volunteers via text message or social media - this can result in important information getting lost or buried.

 

To minimize delays, please include the following in your email to the Medical team - 

  • Foster name (given by the rescue)

  • Medical Procedure or Treatment Needed

  • Concern/Question 

  • Your Location

  • Previous Dallas DogRRR-Approved Veterinarian Used if any. (Note: our medical team will make the final decision of the veterinary partner used)

  • Your Availability -

    •  Provide specific time frames and dates! Including dates that you are not available.

    • If your availability is not provided and/or broad, appointments will be scheduled at the medical team’s discretion.

    • Most of our veterinary partners are closed from 12 pm-2 pm for lunch, very few have evening hours available.

    • Appointment times are not guaranteed unless scheduled with the veterinarian immediately.

Note:

  • Transportation to medical appointments is the responsibility of fosters and adopters. 

    • If you need transportation assistance, please include that in your medical request. We also ask that you post on the Dallas DogRRR Foster/Adopter Communication Facebook group to assist our team with locating a transport volunteer. *Animals in the custody of Dallas DogRRR must be transported by a foster or volunteer approved by the Medical team.

  • Spay and Neuter appointments are only available Monday through Friday

    • Appointment drop off is early morning, with pick up in the afternoon.

What are the medical requirements needed for my foster dog?  

VACCINATIONS
  • Puppies under five months old are required to have three rounds of shots, as well as a rabies vaccine. These occur every three to four weeks. 

  • Puppies/Adult Dogs over five months old are required to have two rounds of shots, including the rabies vaccine, prior to adoption. 

MICROCHIP 
  • All dogs are required to be microchipped 

ALTERED
  • ALL DOGS ARE REQUIRED TO BE ALTERED WHEN ADOPTING FROM THE RESCUE.

HEARTWORM PREVENTION 
  • All dogs over the age of 8 weeks are required to be on heartworm prevention.  It is the foster's responsibility to request this monthly from the Medical team.

  • If a dog has just finished heartworm treatment, monthly heartworm preventatives are required as part of the treatment.

  • How to request: email medicalrequest@dallasdogrrr.org and put request heartworm prevention - Do NOT wait until the last minute to request, we will need time to get the medication from certain locations around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex or at our veterinary partners. 

  • Please keep track of the date given, we need this for their records.

  • All fosters, even if heartworm positive, are required to take heartworm preventative.

FLEA PREVENTION
  • It is not a requirement for a foster dog to be on flea prevention. If you need it, please request it by emailing medicalrequest@dallasdogrrr.org it will be considered on a case by case basis. 

  • All of our dogs are treated upon intake with flea prevention to aid in flea control and skin conditions.

 

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Quarantine Requirements

ALL NEW INTAKES are to be quarantines for a minimum of 2 weeks. This includes shelter dogs, street dogs and South Texas dogs (transport resets their quarantine time).
 
Quarantine is important as to not expose other dogs in your home or contaminate your property.  It is important to make sure we clean all crates and other items when transporting or when a foster leaves.
ADULT
  • Best Practices- Adult dogs should be leashed and taken to a separate area to potty. If that is not feasible, please monitor and pick up poop.

  • Place a crate in an area away from other dogs if able.

PUPPIES
  • Puppies are to be quarantined and placed in a controlled environment with NO PAWS ON THE GROUND. Please use ONLY pee pads and hard surfaces during quarantine. 

  • Minimize foot traffic into other rooms in the house. Please clean your feet after leaving the puppy area.  Things like PARVO, COCCIDIA, GIARDIA, and worms are transferred by tiny particles of feces.

  • NO PAWS ON YOUR YARD. If a dog breaks with PARVO and has been in your yard, it will be contaminated for at least a year. You will NOT BE ABLE TO FOSTER UNVACCINATED DOGS. 

    It is important to remember that puppies need a safe, controlled environment after they are rescued. It is essential to keep them in the quarantine area at all times. We know it is difficult to hear these babies cry when you leave, and hard not to take them with you, but they need this time to adjust and decompress. This is also important for quarantine purposes. If the dog has parvo and has not yet broken, all areas of your home could be contaminated. Keeping your pup in one area helps with cleaning and decontaminating the area if exposure occurs.

  • If you have two separate litters please make sure to clean your shoes, change your shirt and wash your hands when handling the next litter until quarantine is over.