On Monday at 2:30am June 11, 2012 Wally’s owners rushed him to an emergency veterinarian in Greensboro, NC. He was lethargic, throwing up, not passing any urine, blood was dripping from his penis, and he could hardly breathe.
Wally was severely dehydrated, and the veterinarian discovered that his bladder was enlarged suspecting that Wally could not urinate. Intravenous fluids were given. His urinary bladder was emptied via a cystocentesis. He was given a pain reliever and sedative to help calm him down and initially was able to urinate on his own; however his urinary bladder remained enlarged.
Radiographs indicated the bladder was blocked due to multiple stones along the urethra. Stones were also found in the urinary bladder. A sample of his urine was taken for testing. It revealed he had crystals, blood and bacteria in his urine. There were also kidney cells indicating early damage to the kidneys.
Later on Monday, we received a call from Wally’s owners stating how severe his health was and asked for our help to save him. Wally was transported to a PRONC veterinarian for stone removal. The stones had imbedded themselves into the urethra the veterinarian could not get them pushed back up into his bladder. Wally was then transferred to a specialty veterinary hospital for surgery.
On arrival Wally could barely breathe! Due to his difficulty breathing Dr Lew was concerned and wanted to do some x-rays, I approved. At this point I was told the cost involved was around $3.000.00 dollars and I had to pay half the amount to get started.
It was a long road home worrying about poor Wally and praying he would be ok. Before I got home Dr Lew called to inform me the e-rays revealed he had aspiration pneumonia. But his bladder surgery could not wait and having to be put to sleep for surgery. Wally was at even higher risks of not making it through surgery!
Once he was under the anesthesia Dr Lew saw another problem that kept him from breathing well. He had an elongated soft palate, a condition where the soft palate extends longer than it should and blocks the airway. Surgery involves slicing away a section of this palate to clear the air passage. So he also needed to have surgery to correct this as well ASAP, so I told Dr Lew to do whatever was better to save Wally.
Wally had a surgery called an urethrostomy where a new opening is permanently made in urethra behind the penis (avoiding the blocked area) so urine can now be passed. He also had a cystomy to remove the remaining stones in his bladder and surgery to fix his elongated palette.
Wally remained in the ICU at CVS for 4 days and his medical cost are now over $4,000.00 for hospitalization and care. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to help us save Wally.
Wally is recovering from his surgeries now with his foster Mom. He is on a special diet, 7 medications and will be followed closely by a veterinarian post-operative healing and stone recurrence.
So if you think you should never watch and check your pug while he/she pee's think again! If this had been notice early in the stage it might have been control by medication alone.
Wally got his check up and is doing well. His ph isn't stable yet however we have high hopes he will continue to improve on the u/d food. He is now off all medication and acts happy and healthy now. His vet suggest his new surgery site be kept shave to make certain it stays clean and dry. So who ever adopts him needs to be aware of this.
Wally is a very active boy and will need a very special home to live his life out. He is very hyper and loves to run and play a lot. He demands a lot of attention as well. So a home with a couple older kids would be best.
August 21, 2012 UPDATE:
Wally is now "Stable" enough to search for his forever family. He is very active, happy, playful, very loving and is like any other 3 year old pug. He doesn't think it has any medical problem so don't tell him. He adores playtime and attention, so a home with older children would be wonderful. He is not great and housebroken yet and does have accidents with linkage some times because of the surgery. It helps him certainly to wear panies.
Due to his ability to make stones he must remain on a special RX food called Hills U/D as well as keeping a check on the PH Balance of his urine from time to time to make certain he is not making any more stones for the rest of his life. Wally can not have ANY treats what-so-ever. He loves the treat I give me and it's also Hills U/D but it's the canned kind :)
Wally is neutered, UTD on all rabies, micro-chipped, HW neg
Thank you for making a difference!
every penny counts
A "special" Thank you to my Guardian Angels who are helping to pay my vet bills to get me well
"I Love You" Thank You!
Linda Tonn - Georgia Hogan - Schuyler Gilmore - Lisa Ancarrow-Maltby - Alfred Bevilacqua
Gina Carrick - Olivia Cohen - Judy Helms - Rebecca Goodman - Michael Walker - Diana Hall
Melissa Moore - Kim Terrell - Suzi Burroughs-Thebault - Kristian Martin - Fred Parker - Gail Dolnick
Paul Loyd - Jenn Smith Photography - Neva Duncan Tabb - Robert Murray - Erinn Smart
Or mail a check to:
Pug Rescue of NC
PO Box 94
Summerfield, NC 27358