UPDATE: January 5, 2018
We received wonderful news! Read what Oreo's mom has to say:
Hello! I just wanted to thank you and the Fur Kids Foundation once more for helping me with my kitties! Oreo has made full recovery and is back to living his regular lazy life!! If it weren’t for you guys my Oreo wouldn’t have made it! God bless!
This is Oreo, a very sweet 9-month-old kitty. Oreo’s mom is a single mother who recently lost her job. She thought she was doing what was best for her kitties, Oreo and Peaches (who were brothers) by purchasing vaccines at a local ag store to give to them at home. Then Peaches got terribly sick and she took him to the vet.
Oreo’s mom originally applied for assistance for Peaches, and Fur Kids Foundation helped with his initial vet visit, which resulted in him being diagnosed with Distemper (read more about this horrible disease in our success story blog about Luna). Peaches was so sick from Distemper that the vet recommended euthanasia.
Oreo’s mom, heartbroken over losing Peaches, was devastated when she came home to see Oreo showing the same signs as Peaches. She called Fur Kids Foundation again, and we told her to take Oreo in to a vet immediately, where he was also diagnosed with Distemper.
The vet said while Oreo's mom was trying to do right by vaccinating them at home, there are many variables when purchasing over-the-counter vaccines, including knowing if they are expired or close to expiring, knowing if they are properly stored, and also knowing the health of the animal you are going to give the vaccine to. Before purchasing an over-the-counter vaccination and giving it to your pet, it’s best to visit with your vet and get your pet a full exam.
The estimate for Oreo's vet treatment was well over $1,300—something his mom knew she couldn't afford. She chose to try an at-home treatment, which did help to lower the unexpected bill, but isn't recommended for all pet owners. Luckily, Oreo’s mom and vet caught the disease early enough and Oreo is making a full recovery. He will continue to be quarantined from the family and other cats until he is healthy enough.
Fur Kids Foundation is grateful for the dedication of our volunteers and supporters who have helped local families stay happy and healthy, and together! If you would like to help Fur Kids Foundation continue to help families in Campbell County, Wyoming 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.
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