Meet Leo. A 10-year-old mixed breed who got into a scuffle with his Boxer sister, and injured his eye. His mom watched it for a few days and kept it clean, but when it started to swell instead of heal, she knew she had to get him to the vet. When he was being examined, they also learned that Leo had some some puncture wounds on his body, some that were infected.
Bite wounds may appear small, but they can spell major trouble for your dog. Some may seem small, but in fact the wound may be deep--extending through the skin into tissues and muscles. Because of this, there is a high risk of infection with bite wounds because of the numerous bacteria that are in an animal’s mouth. So, when the wound heals on the surface, it could trap bacteria inside--causing an abscess. (And we’ve helped a lot of pets with abscesses.) See, bacteria that is trapped underneath the skin can do permanent damage to the kidneys and other internal organs if not found and left untreated. So, if your dog gets into a scuffle with another dog, or cat, or another animal, it’s best to take them directly to the vet to get checked out.
Leo's mom is a single mom with two young boys who lives paycheck to paycheck, and Leo’s emergency vet visit was not expected or budgeted for in the family. They reached out to Fur Kids Foundation for help, and we were happy to provide it.
Luckily, Leo made a full recovery and didn't lose his eye!
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 Leo's family with the vet visit. 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.
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