Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Krystal was adopted by a loving family last year. Shortly after adoption, the owner lost his job, but continued to be a great dog owner for Krystal. Unfortunately, she became sick on Thursday night and on Saturday it was clear she needed to see a vet. The emergency vet estimated $1000 for treatment/diagnosis. The owner could not afford this and contacted us to see if we could help. He signed over ownership and we rushed her to the e vet. She could not stand up when we got her and had not eaten for a couple days.She had diarrhea and was vomiting. She had to stay until Monday, and now she is at Shady Oak Vet. Her vet bills have exceeded $2000, but she is worth every penny! She is petite at 25 lbs and is about 7 months old. Best breed guesses...? We were told Pit Bull/Weim, but she is tiny and doesn't look like either breed! She needs donations for her care as well as a caring foster home who can nurse her back to health!

Krystal had x-rays and an ultrasound last week to determine the problem. A barium drink balled up in her intestines, so she was rushed into surgery. Everyone thought she had an obstruction. Once they opened her up, the vet could not find an obstruction, but upon further exploration discovered pancreatisis and an enlarged gallbladder. They sewed her up and started treatment. Unfortunately, Krys did not resume eating and was still lethargic and dehydrated.

Over the weekend, Krystal went home to our vet techs house for observation. It was there that she discovered Krystal was not throwing up her food, but rather regurgitating it. More x-rays were taken of her chest and throat, but they were inconclusive. At this point, we sent her to a vet clinic with an endoscopic machine. Yesterday she was sedated and had an endoscopy. It looked like a shotgun had gone off in her trachea- dozens of lesions and tons of swelling. It looks like before she was brought to us, Krystal had drank or eaten something that led to severe chemical burns.

Now we know what we are dealing with, but unfortunately that is not the end. Krystal is now under 20 pounds and completely emaciated. Her who skeleton shows and she has a hard time standing up for any amount of time. She is still not able to get food down. We may have to put a feeding tube in her. Her vet bills are around $5000 so far and we aren't close to done. Please, if you have any spare change, consider making a tax deductible donation to our rescue. And please send good thoughts and/or prayers for Krystal.

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