Ricco recently started to act like he wasn’t feeling well--he was vomiting blood, and was acting rather depressed and sluggish. Because of this, his dad knew that he needed to be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
At the vet, Ricco’s dad was told his happy boy might have pancreatitis, and that he also had a heart murmur.
Ricco’s dad’s hours had just been cut, so he couldn't afford the tests needed to see if Ricco had a pancreatitis, so he applied to Fur Kids Foundation for help.
For those who don’t know, murmurs are extra heart vibrations that are produced as a result of a disturbance in the blood flow -- this causes a noise in the heart that vets can hear during an examination. Heart murmurs can occur in both dogs and cats. Signs of heart murmurs vary greatly, but often your pup will cough, be weak or have a hard time exercising.
Luckily, the vet gave Ricco some anti-nausea medication that helped him immensely so they determined that he didn’t have a pancreatitis, but the heart murmur was happening, so they also put Ricco on some medication for his heart murmur that he’ll have to take the rest of his life.
Ricco’s dad had this to say about his best friend: "He’s the best thing that has happened to me in a long time and the good Lord meant for us to be together."
We’re happy to report that Ricco’s back to acting like the happiest pup in Gillette, Wyoming.
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.