Shelter Dogs  

Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell


Harper has a happier tummy

Harper a black tan dogMeet our sweet southern gal, little miss Harper! She was one of 12 shelter dogs that were transported all the way from Alabama to seek loving homes through the SPCA of Tompkins County. Although she started her first 4 months of life in hardship, battling internal parasites, gastrointestinal upset, a respiratory infection, and dehydration, she has been warmly welcomed and medically treated by the staff at Tompkins County SPCA and the veterinary team from Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell.

Harper had faced an uphill battle when it was noted that her belly hurt and she was found regurgitating her food. Upon abdominal ultrasound at the SPCA, it was discovered that a portion of her intestines had folded and gotten stuck, much like a telescope folding into itself. This ‘intussusception’ was a medical emergency and, luckily, she was able to have surgery immediately. The veterinarians from Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell were able to relieve Harper’s intestines from the life-threatening intussusception. Fortunately, the condition was caught early and Harper did not have any permanent damage to her intestines! She recovered rapidly from surgery and was up wagging her tail and giving us puppy kisses the very next day!

Harper feels much better now that she has been treated for all of her infections and conditions. She is a little shy when she first meets you but quickly warms up and loves to play, explore and sniff you and her surroundings! Will you be able to take our gentle Harper home to her forever family?