February 27, 2020 Thursday Morning
Quote of the Day: ““People Who Are Crazy Enough To Think They Can Change The World, Are The Ones Who Do.”
~ Rob Siltanen ~
Good Morning Small Pawsers,
This is an update on Dutch, our latest rescued Bichon that was hit by a car inear Houston.
We have several things to tell you. He’s going to be ok now, but it has been a bit of a rough go of it for Dutch.
She went in surgically and put his hip back into his socket. He was actually “toe touching” his right leg to the ground, even with the fracture, that is suspected to be an old fracture because it is had already healed. The hip is what was causing him not to be using his right back leg.
Dr. Hinton and her team, believe that our boy has been hit by a car, BEFORE this last time. He was holding that leg up because the hip was out of it’s socket.
Things were going well after surgery, other than the fact he wasn’t emptying his bladder completely.
She attributed this to him having been lying in his urine for long enough for it to have scalded him skin on his thigh, pretty badly, nd him just going in that position.
But this made the bladder larger and he was unable to empty it. They gave him a medication to help this, as well as inserting a catheter. Now, that issue is resolving.
But yesterday, she called to tell me she was not happy with what had happened.
Dutch’s hip had popped back out of it’s socket. Probably because he’s been hit by a car once before. And because it was’t repaired before and had now become arthritic.
She also told me that since the eye infection has cleared up, they were able to look into his eyes with a light.
They saw nuclear sclerosis, which is a natural progression of the eye, found in older dogs.
So Dutch is NOT five years old as earlier suspected, but he is actually around 8-9 years old, and he has been hit by a car before.
Which brings us to another issue.
As I told you before, Dutch had a retained testicle, in his abdomen, near his kidney. This is called Chryptorchidism.
She was asking if she could go back in, and do an FHO to get his hip permamently back in place, but first she wanted to retrieve that retained testicle and neuter him, due to his newly discovered age.
If it was cancerous, there would have been no reason to do the hip surgery.
Remember I told you before that they wanted $900.00 to do a chryptorchid neuter?
So Dr. Hinson went to the financial department and explained what was going on and that it was happening to a Small Paws Rescue dog!
Thankfully our name enjoys a good reputation in the rescue and veterinary communities, and they offered to cut the costs down quite substantially.
Normally, an FHO surgery would be around $2500.00. Then with a cryptorchid neuter, add another $900.00, coming to around $3,400.00 which would have been much more than what was originally planned.
But they said they would do both additional surgeries for $800.00. (We would have had to pay an additional $400.00 to have him neutered at our regular vet with this retained testicle, anyway.)
Also there would be additional $300.00 per day for hospitalization at a specialty hospital like Blue Pearl. So this is an additional $1400-1500.00, on top of the first estimate.
We went ahead and authorized both surgeries, which were done yesterday, and as of last night, he is doing well. The retained testicle had shrunk up, due to age, and was not cancer, thank God.
The catheter is still in, but his bladder is now back to normal size, so she is going to remove it later today.
Hopefully, he will get to come home to a foster home near Houston on Saturday.
That’s the current news.
Any additional help is gratefully appreciated for our Dutch. All My Love, Robin
Together we pieced together what likely happened.
Since the shelter believes that it was the owner who brought him in, we think the owner probably did see him hit by a car, yet thought he would be ok.
After a week, he wasn’t ok, and they brought him to the shelter, saying that they saw him being hit by a car.
If this is the case, being hit by the car may be the best thing that ever happened to him. He’s with us now and he will never suffer like this again.
“Good Morning Robin: Poor little guy. Yes we do need to move quickly.
I will make a challenge in the amount of $500.00. Hope we can all come together and get the funds needed today.
As always sent with love,
I will issue a matching challenge of $100 for Dutch.
Thanks for your hard work and determination to help the babies.
“I’ll issue a $100.00 challenge from Boris and me.” Deborah.
We are about 3/4 of the way there. Help is still needed for little mistreated, starved then hit by a car, Bichon named Dutch.
They said this is a stoic dog. He KNOWS he is now loved. All My Love, Robin
We were contacted by the Harris County shelter in Houston, Texas, about a Bichon who was seen being hit by a car, and was brought into the shelter. (The shelter workers believe it may have been the owner who couldn’t afford medical treatment, that brought him in.)
As you can see, he is not feeling one bit good.
Since he has no neurological deficits, surgery should restore him back to health, as it did for little Elf and Linus.
Elf is acting like nothing ever happened, after being thrown out of a moving car, and Linus is getting ready to begin physical therapy. He too, is doing so very well.
Both of them are expected to make full recoveries!
If we can raise these funds, Dutch will too,
X-rays show that he has a broken leg, and his hip came out of it’s socket.
They tried to put him under anesthesia and manually try to get it into place, but they couldn’t get it back in the socket.
He also may have a chipped vertebrae which is lower in his back. All of this is very painful and they are keeping him sedated until they can do surgery, today, if we can raise the funds. They are calling around ten to get out answer.
The surgery is going to be around $4,000.00. Then we get a 20% rescue discount off of these charges.
So, in order to save this little guy, we need to raise $5,000.00. They want a deposit of $3000.00 NOW.
We need help.
Dutch managed to make his way to our door. That in itself is a miracle.
“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, he walks into mine. Play it, Sam. Play As Time Goes By.”
I believe that we are supposed to save him or he wouldn’t be in our arms.
I am here and will issue all matching donation challenges. But this is urgent and we are in a hurry.
All My Love, Robin
See Vet Bills Paid by Small Paws Rescue for the first 28 days of January, 2020, coming to $27,805.15 which is an average of $993.04 per day.
See Vet Bills Paid by Small Paws Rescue for the first 25 days of February, 2020, coming to $14,350.61 which is an average of $574.02 per day.
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