This adorable slobber hound is Charli Mae, a 7-month-old Bloodhound. She recently had a spay and gastropexy done, and was recovering well.
For those who don’t know, a spay is the common surgical term for an ovariohysterectomy. When a female dog is spayed, the ovaries and uterus are removed completely in order to sterilize the dog so she cannot have puppies. A gastropexy is a surgical procedure done to help prevent Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV), more commonly called bloat, which is a life-threatening condition where the stomach flips or twists, trapping air and gases in the stomach.
About a week after her procedure, Charli was not feeling well. She was drooling, really sluggish and running a fever. Her mom knew something was wrong, so she rushed her to the vet because she was very concerned that Charli had an infection. Charli's fever broke, but her vet could see a spot in her intestine, so she had to stay at the clinic for a night. The vet needed to see if this spot was a foreign object, blood, or a problem related to the surgery.
Charli's mom is on a limited income and recently went through a divorce. She budgets enough for her pets’ needs, but this was completely unexpected. She knew about Fur Kids Foundation, and applied for emergency veterinary care. We were happy that we could help.
Charli was sent home when she was feeling better, and a few days later passed a twig like object. They're not sure if that is what was seen in the x-rays, but her mom is happy Charli is happy and back to her normal puppy self.
Fur Kids Foundation supports spaying dogs because of the potential health benefits from the procedure, such as prevention of breast cancer and the uterine infection pyometra, not to mention prevention of the dog having an unnecessary litter of puppies. Be sure to talk to your veterinarian about the benefits of spaying your dog, and ask for their recommendation of when your female dog should be spayed; especially if you have a large breed puppy. For larger dogs, and for families who can afford it, a gastropexy is often something that you should discuss with your vet as well.
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