Sweet 4-year-old Luna, an Akita-pit bull mix, was in trouble. Luna wasn’t feeling well. Following her heat cycle Luna’s parents noticed she had some discharge and they felt something might be wrong. Unfortunately, Luna’s parents were right, and her health was in serious danger.
They rushed Luna to the vet where they learned she had pyometra. For those who don't know, pyometra is a serious infection, which can happen to nearly any un-spayed female. After several heat cycles, if pregnancy doesn’t occur, the hormonal changes in the reproductive tract can lead to an increase in bacteria, which can cause life-threatening infections.
“We left her intact not realizing it could cause issues in health,” Luna’s parents remarked. They had just learned Luna would need immediate emergency surgery to remove her infection. Luna’s family of four is on a limited income. “We live paycheck to paycheck with little wiggle room for error or surprise,” Luna’s mom said. Luna’s parents were afraid they weren’t going to be able to afford the surgery to save Luna’s life.
Luna’s parents learned about Fur Kids Foundation and applied for assistance. Soon, Luna’s mom was told they were approved for assistance. She was so relieved that she began to cry when she heard the news. FKF is very happy to report that Luna was able to get the surgery she needed and is home with her family doing well.
Thankfully Luna’s infection was caught by her family. If your pet hasn’t been spayed and has recently been in heat, they are susceptible to pyometra. VCA Pet Hospitals encourages you to watch for these signs to keep your pet healthy:
Fur Kids Foundation encourages everyone to spay and neuter their pets (especially cats, dogs and rabbits) to help keep them healthy and help to curb pet overpopulation.
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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