Daisy Mae gave her parents quite a scare recently. This 10-year-old shih tzu was rushed to the vet after her mom found her lying in a puddle of blood and urine, acting out of it and shaking uncontrollably.
Daisy’s parents had noticed she was having a difficult time urinating and was passing blood before this scary incident. After a physical exam, the doctor ran some bloodwork and radiographs, which showed a large stone in her bladder; causing an obstruction and making it impossible for Daisy to go potty. The vet had to perform emergency surgery to remove the stone. Daisy Mae stayed overnight and then was released next day into the loving arms of her family. The vet has given Daisy some new chow to eat so new stones won’t form in her bladder and cause problems in the future.
Daisy comes from a large family of five, who are currently trying to make it on a single income that had just been cut by 50 percent. When the vet said Daisy needed surgery, they weren’t sure they would be able to afford it. That’s where Fur Kids Foundation can help. They applied, and we were happy to help this little gal, and her family, out.
Daisy's parents sent us a note to thank us for helping their baby. This is what they had to say: "I meant to call you call you back last night and wanted to tell you thank you so much for blessing us. We are truly, truly grateful. God's love was shown to us through your acts of generosity and kindness!"
Dogs, like people, can develop a variety of bladder and kidney stones. Bladder stones are rock-like formations of minerals that form in the bladder. And, just like in people, these bladder stones can be quite painful for your pooch. The most common signs that a dog has bladder stones is blood in the urine, or straining to urinate—the two symptoms that Daisy had before her parents rushed her to the vet. Breeds most commonly diagnosed with bladder stones include the shih tzu, miniature schnauzer, bichon frisé, lhasa apso, and Yorkshire terrier. If you see the symptoms described above in your pooch, Fur Kids Foundation encourages you to take them to the vet for a proper examination.
Fur Kids Foundation was recently awarded a $3,500 grant from the Banfield Foundation® to be used to help the Gillette, Wyoming charity with their emergency veterinary assistance program. This funding helped the Foundation grant money to help Daisy Mae’s family with her vet trip. If you would like to help Fur Kids Foundation continue to help families with animals, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. The money helps families during a time when they may not be able to afford adequate veterinary care. Check out 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.
Your donation saves lives. It goes to work helping animals in Campbell County receive adequate veterinary care during a time when their family may not be able to afford it. Please contact the Foundation to learn more or donate now using PayPal.
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