ABANDONED TERRIER RESCUE ASSOC INC via Crowdrise
June 11, 2014
BENEFITING: ABANDONED TERRIER RESCUE ASSOC INC
On October 8, 2013 Belle was successfully implanted with an urethral occluder. It was are only hope to control her incontinence.
Her follow-up has been with Todd Cohen, DVM of the Animal Emergency and Specialty Clinic in West Los Angeles,CA. We are fortunate that Dr. Cohen is able to see Belle as we would have had to relocate to Davis otherwise!
Approximately every two weeks Dr. Cohem injects a minute amount of saline into Belle's occluder in order to treat her incontinence. This is a very delicate procedure that must be approached with caution as if too much saline is injected it could lead to an urinary obstruction.
The goal is to obtain continence for Belle. Usually, once continence is obtained, the troubling urinary tract infections cause by incontinence should decrease or even better, be eliminated.
So far, Belle's continence has improved considerably but not totally.
Likewise, the infections have continued non-stop, unfortunately, despite her improvement and every thing we do.
Since Belle only has one kidney due to an infection left untreated before rescue,we are especially vigilant about checking for infection. Therefore we have been having cultures done every few weeks. She is still on drug therapy. With those expenses along with the charges for the visits ($90), and continued check ups with an ophthalmologist for an eye condition we are still in a position of asking for donations on Belle's behalf.
Your generosity is greatly appeciated.
If you are new to the community of Belle's fans, please see below for her story.
Belle was surrendered to our Rescue at 8 months of age. She was in deplorable condition. She was soaked in urine and had a serious eye condition. She had been relegated to a back yard because of her urinary problems. Imagine a puppy having to choose between sleeping on the cold ground or in urine soaked bedding in a small crate on the patio. Because an infection was untreated, it spread to , and destroyed her left kidney.The kidney had to be removed because it was still infected. Belle was also was incontinent, so she had to have procedures to determine its source. Before she was a year old, Belle endured so much! But she is a sweet, spunky, adorable Wire Fox terrier. She needs yet another surgery to attempt to solve her incontinence. Results for this surgery have been very successful. If they are for Belle, too, it will increase her chances of being adopted. Our expenses have been high. So far we have almost covered her first surgery and procedures. But we are a small group needing big help since she needs another surgery. She is worth it!
UPDATE: BELLE'S SURGERY IS SCHEDULES FOR OCTOBER 8, 2013 at the UC Davis Vet School.
i have revised our goal on this site because between the generous donors on this site and the generous people who donated through Paypal, we have met the estimate for the urethral implant procedure!
However, we still have some outstanding vet expenses (239.24) and also some transport expenses (UC Davis is about 400 miles one way from the foster home) and lodging while Belle was hopitalized. (Yes, it was Motel 6 or La Quinta --no Hiltons!)The foster has donated some of the gas for the travel but there is still $884.89 remaining for gas and lodging.
Belle also has some ongoing expenses for medication ( Incurin and Proin) and ointment for her eyes, which although very costly ($43 for 2.5 month supply), the fster is providing and that adds up too. Even though she is not responding well to them and she cannot stay on Incurin long-term, the vets want her to remain on them until the procedure.
So, based on exerience, we expect additional expenses in addition to the procdure. Transport and lodging for sure. Probably follow-up as we are trying to do it closer to home and therefore it probably will not be covered. Follow-up, according to the surgeon, wil have to be done at 2 weeks, 6 weeks, and then 4-6 weeks after that
Of course we pray that there will be no complications!
We are overwhelmed with the kind and generous response to Belle's plight and our attempts to help her have the best possible life and make up for her unfortunate start.
Thank you for any help you may be able to give us.