Say hello to Zeus, a 5 year-old Rottweiler who recently didn’t seem like he was feeling very well. He was really sluggish, not going to the bathroom, and his parents could tell that he just felt crummy. Zeus’ parents were concerned that their handsome guy swallowed something that caused a blockage in his intestines, so they rushed him to the vet.
While at the vet’s office, they learned that Zeus didn't have a blockage—what he had was prostatitis and pancreatitis. For those who don’t know, prostatitis is a bacterial infection of the prostate gland, which occurs more commonly in male dogs who have not been neutered. A pancreatitis happens when a dog’s pancreas is inflamed and releases enzymes that cause the body to attack its pancreatic tissue. According to the vet, dogs with prostatitis often also get pancreatitis. When a dog has a prostatitis, the swelling of the prostate will put pressure on colon preventing bowel movements. Symptoms of a prostatitis in dogs include:
· Abdominal discomfort
· Blood in the urine
· Loss of interest in food, which can also cause weight loss
· Painful urination, along with straining to go to the bathroom
· Stiff gait
Dogs with these symptoms should really be seen by a vet to make sure the proper treatment can be given.
Zeus’ dad is disabled and his mom recently opened a store, so money is tight for them right now, and they were concerned about their pup. They applied to Fur Kids Foundation for help with their four legged kid. We’re happy to report that Zeus was able to get the care that he needed and every day is feeling better.
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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