BENEFITING: SOUTHSIDE ANIMAL SHELTER INC
10/16/2015 Tommy Pickles had his surgery and everything went well. He is still on a liquid diet and being fed 4-5 small meals a day to try to keep his weight up. We hope to try him on solid foods in the next week and see how he does. He has a 60% chance at having a normal life. Thank you everyone for supporting Southside so we can give Tommy the chance he nees.
8/28/2015 We are waiting on the surgeon to schedule Tommy Pickles surgery. We hope to have news in the next few weeks. Watch our Facebook page for updates.
7/30/2015 Progress report on Tommy Pickles - he seems to be holding his food down better. He is still on a liquid diet and being given 4-5 small meals a day. The Demodex is improving and he will be rechecked in two weeks. Hopefully he will be cleared for surgery.
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Look at this blue eyed baby! Tommy Pickles!
So far his short life has been very eventful. Tommy and his 4 brothers and sister had been living in an abandoned house with their mom. A concerned citizen kept hearing what he thought was a puppy so he called Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside who came and trapped mom and pups. They needed a little extra help with one of the puppies named Timmy because he had fallen 6 feet down a cistern, so they called Indianapolis Animal Care & Control who came out and pulled him from the well. After facing rescuers, animal control officers and TV crews this little family arrived at Southside Animal Shelter. Tommy, Timmy and the rest of the pups went to a foster home to get big and healthy and be adopted. Mom went to the shelter where she could get her strength back.
Timmy and the other siblings ate their meals and gained weight; however Tommy kept throwing his food back up and was not growing like the rest of the family. Tommy Pickles soon went to the Vet ER because he was not growing and he couldn't keep his food down. After lots of tests they determined he had a birth defect involving his heart and esophagus, it is a type of Mega-esophagus that will not allow any solid food to pass into his stomach. Tommy went home with finely ground up canned food and a liquid food like doggy Ensure. He has to be feed several times a day and must be kept upright while the food goes down.
Tommy has to be supervised very closely when out of his crate and cannot be left alone because he might eat something that would block the tiny hole in his throat and cause him to throw up.
Tommy is hard work! Fortunately he is beautiful, sweet and smart.
He continues to gain weight about a pound a week using this method and the special food that he needs. He has gone being fed from a syringe to an elevated bowl and he is slowly thriving. More tests have confirmed his defect needs the surgery.
The surgery is not 100% effective and it is risky but for Tommy Pickles to be adoptable this is the best alternative. Tommy Pickles will make an awesome, awesome pet and those baby blues will get you every time.
- Foster Mama, Robin Gregory
Tommy Pickles’ medical bills continue to mount, but we think he’s worth it and I’m sure you do too! Any donations received here will help offset the cost of the special food he needs, the tests and ultimately his surgery.