Have you seen Karma, the 6 year-old unaltered pit bull? Doesn't that sweet face just make you melt?
Recently, this good girl started to act a little off, and her dad noticed that she had some discharge coming from her lady parts. When he brought her into the vet, after the exam, they told him that she had pyometra, a life-threatening disease if left untreated. And, Karma’s prognosis was really advanced; she needed emergency surgery.
For those who don’t know, pyometra is a uterine disease usually seen in unaltered female dogs who have not been pregnant; however, the disease can also be seen in unspayed cats, guinea pigs, rabbits and rats. It can be seen in dogs of any age, but typically occurs in unspayed dogs who are around the age of 6 or older.
Usually, a dog will show symptoms of the disease within a few months of their last heat cycle. Symptoms often include:
Again, this is a life-threatening disease. If you see the above symptoms in your dog after their heat cycle, please get her to a veterinarian immediately.
Fur Kids Foundation is no stranger to this disease, sadly we’ve seen it in many cases we have helped. The Foundation board and case managers encourage all pet owners of female dogs (or cats, guinea pigs, rabbits and rats) to spay them because it prevents the disease from ever happening, especially if you are like most pet owners who never plan to breed your dog. There are also other benefits of spaying your dog, which you can read about in our Why Spay/Neuter page.
Karma's dad can usually take care of Karma and himself; however, he is also currently taking care of his parents. When he received the estimate for surgery, he knew he couldn't afford it and was afraid he was going to lose Karma if she didn’t have it.
“Karma is my best friend. She’s the reason I'm alive. She was all I had just a few years ago," he said.
He applied to Fur Kids Foundation for help, and we were happy to help Karma and her family. Thankfully, she's on the mend from her surgery, and recovering well.
Fur Kids Foundation is 100% ran by dedicated volunteers who give their time to help the Foundation raise money, take applications, and spread the word about the good work the Foundation does in Campbell County, Wyoming. If you would like to help Fur Kids Foundation continue to help local families with animals afford emergency veterinary care, please consider making a tax-deductible donation via PayPal or signing up to become a volunteer. You can see a list of those who support us on our Supporters page. 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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