This is Malone, an 11 week-old heeler/pit bull. Malone fell ill recently; he started throwing up, refusing food, and didn’t have the usual energy that puppies normally have. Everyone was afraid that he had parvo, especially since he had missed his second set of booster shots.
When his parents brought him to the vet, he tested negative for parvo (thank goodness) but they believed he had an obstruction. The vet encourage the family to wait a little bit to see if the obstruction would move; unfortunately, when it didn’t, Malone was headed for surgery to remove the obstruction. It was a good thing that Malone did have surgery, as he did have an obstruction, two tampons. (Yes, we know, gross!)
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.
Malone comes from a family of five that barely lives on a single income. They also recently moved into a home, and are having to pay every two weeks to get caught up on the mortgage for their home. They did not have the funds for his emergency surgery, so they applied to Fur Kids Foundation for help.
In the application requesting help from the Foundation, Malone’s mom had this to say about her four-legged buddy: “He is my best friend / lifeline. Malone helps me with my depression and anxiety." The Foundation was happy to help with Malone’s emergency care, and also received word that other members of the community donated to help pay for his care.
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.
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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