This beautiful boy is Samson, a 7-year-old English Bulldog/Staffy (Staffordshire Bull Terrier) mix.
Samson’s mom recently moved to Gillette, and was helping take care of her aging father, which was her full-time job. She recently found a full-time job, and is a single mom taking care of her kids, when her beloved boy Samson started acting sick. His stomach was distended, he wasn't eating, and she knew that he felt crummy.
Just getting back on her feet financially, she scraped up what funds she had to bring Samson in on an emergency vet visit. At the clinic, tests indicated that Samson had a splenic torsion (or a twisted spleen) and needed emergency surgery to save his life.
Splenic torsion occurs when the blood supply to the spleen twists on itself, which prevents blood drainage, causing an enlargement of the spleen. According to the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, signs of splenic torsion include:
Knowing that she couldn't afford the cost of Samson's emergency vet visit on her own, she applied to Fur Kids Foundation for help, and we were happy to help this family keep their treasured fur kid. Samson had his emergency surgery that consisted of removing his spleen, which was three times the size it should have been! We are so happy to say that he is recovering wonderfully and getting back to his normal self.
According to PetMD, dogs are rarely affected by an abnormality such as splenic torsion. However, it is more commonly seen in large-breed, deep-chested dogs such as German shepherds, standard poodles, and great Danes.
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