This beauty is Bella, a 15-month-old Border Collie/Blue Heeler mix. Bella's mom had recently started a new job, and then COVID-19 slowed down her hours, and pay.
That's when Bella decided to eat something she shouldn't. Bella had diarrhea and was vomiting, and her mom rushed her to the vet, where she learned her fur kid had an obstruction, or sometimes called a blockage.
While she was at the vet, she applied to Fur Kids Foundation for help with Bella’s emergency bills because she knew the vet care Bella needed was out of her budget, and was very afraid Bella would need surgery. We were happy to help!
Luckily, Bella only needed a night's stay at the clinic because she was able to pass the item on her own. Even though Bella passed the object, it is very important for pet parents to be aware of the signs and symptoms of an obstruction.
An obstruction, also known as a gastrointestinal blockage, is a common problem in dogs (especially puppies) because of their curious nature and desire to taste nearly everything. An obstruction prevents solids or liquids from passing through the gastrointestinal tract, which also decreases blood flow to the bowels, causing deterioration and absorption of toxic contents. Symptoms can include:
If you suspect your dog may have a blockage, please seek veterinary attention as possible. Obstructions are medical emergencies for dogs. If left untreated, it could result in severe fluid loss (because the dog doesn’t want to eat or drink), intestinal rupture and death.
We're hoping Bella learns her lesson and doesn't eat things she shouldn't!
About Fur Kids Foundation
Fur Kids Foundation is 100% run by dedicated volunteers who give their time to help the Foundation raise money with events, take applications, and spread the word about the good work the Foundation does in Campbell County, Wyoming. If you would like to help Fur Kids Foundation continue to help local families with animals afford emergency veterinary care, please consider making a tax-deductible donation via PayPal or signing up to become a volunteer. Read more Success Stories.
Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
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