After an extensive examination and some x-rays, Dr. Warmuth found that the mass was a very large bladder stone (1/4 of a pound)! (It's hard to imagine such a large stone in a 15 pound dog!) It was so large that it had caused Pongo's bladder to become very inflamed and extended. If the stone moved at all, it would have killed Pongo.
Surgery had to be done immediately to remove the stone and get Pongo's health back on track. After the stone was removed, RHVH used laser therapy to help relax the bladder and start the healing process.
Because the family was in the process of moving, they were low on funds to cover the unexpected cost of Pongo's surgery. Fur Kids Foundation stepped in to make sure Pongo and her family stayed healthy and happy.
We are happy to report that Pongo was able to go home a few days and now continues on with her normal routine of laying around the house and playing with her family.
Please know that Pongo's bladder stone was only found because her family had scheduled an annual check up. Just as annual physical exams are recommended for humans, they are recommended for our pets as well. If your pet is older or has medical problems, he may need even more frequent examinations.
Preventing disease or catching it in its early stages is far better than treating it once it has had time to progress to a more severe stage. Preventive health care on a regular basis will help you do just that, and save you and your pet from needless suffering and a larger financial burden.
If you would like to help Fur Kids Foundation continue to help families with animals, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. The money stays in Campbell County, Wyoming and helps families during a time when they may not be able to afford adequate veterinary care.
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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.
Your donation saves lives. It goes to work helping animals in Campbell County receive adequate veterinary care during a time when their family may not be able to afford it. Please contact the Foundation to learn more or donate now using PayPal.
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