A Sad Update from Foster Dad John...
June 24, 2016
BENEFITING: Purrfect Pals
Two of Patience's Kittens, born on June 18th and currently being fostered by Foster Dad John in the Critter Room, are struggling and need our help - Klondike and Ladybug.
Now five days old, Klondike started having trouble breathing this afternoon. He was open-mouth breathing and sounded raspy so John rushed him to Veterinary Specialty Center in Lynnwood. Kittens as young as Klondike can fade quickly so it was crucial that he see an emergency veterinarian immediately. We suspect that this sweet little guy may have aspirated while nursing, causing pneumonia. He is currently in an oxygen chamber and has been admitted to the hospital. The current estimate is that he will need to stay for at least two days, receive IV fluids, nebulization therapy, medicine and oxygen therapy, undergo imaging and blood tests and be bottle (or tube) fed every two hours. The ER vet is cautiously optimistic that Klondike will recover.
Ladybug, the smallest of Patience's Kittens, was having a hard time staying warm do to being so tiny, hovering around 60-65 grams in weight. Kittens tend to have a preferred seat at "the Milk Bar"and the only two nipples that John has ever been able to get her to latch onto are also the favored ones for everyone else. She crashed Tuesday evening and needed John to warm her up multiple times. After being unsuccessful at getting her to take formula or attach to a nipple (and being nearly 12 hours since her last known nursing), John made the decision to take her to the ER vet in the early morning on Wednesday the 22nd. According the the ER vet, Ladybug's initial diagnosis was guarded to poor and they felt that euthanasia would be a valid option at this point. John and Purrfect Pals felt that euthanasia was the last option to take and we wanted to do everything we could to give her a chance. The ER vet found her to be dehydrated so they gave her a shot of dextrose under her skin and her body pretty much absorbed it right away and she responded well to it. Shortly after, they were able to get her to take formula to fill her little belly. John contacted Purrfect Pals in the morning to talk about her condition, her odds of being able to nurse on her own with her much larger siblings, etc. and it was decided that the best thing for her was to send her to an experienced bottle feeder. She is now receiving round-the-clock care from a foster mom (who is also a retired nurse!). We are hopeful that she will continue to improve.
Will you help us pay the bill for Klondike and Ladybug's emergency care by giving or sharing this campaign? The current estimate is $4000. We believe these two special kittens matter and deserve a fighting chance. We hope you agree!
Any donations brought in that are not needed for Klondike and Ladybug's medical expenses will be added to our Tipper Fund for other kitties in need of extraordinary veterinary care. Thank you!