In true Bull Terrier fashion Apollo is acting like he didn’t have a major surgery on Tuesday. He shows no signs of pain or discomfort, it’s a challenge keeping him from running and jumping, and he’s not happy about his restricted diet! He is on a special diet to help his GI Tract recover and he will be on it for 7-10 days. Here he is in the cone of shame. And have a look at the “culprits” — 4 separate toys. We are almost at our goal! Thank you, one and all for your support!
❤️June 7, 2018❤️:
As those of you familiar with the Bull Terrier breed may know, the puppy stages are extended with them, and they will eat and chew up just about anything, sometimes requiring surgical help to have objects removed from their insides. We learned this week that Apollo is a toy-eater. He began vomiting on Monday, so under his foster mom's watchful eye she made sure he was hydrated and comfortable. But on Tuesday morning it became apparent that he was in a lot of GI discomfort, panting, pacing, and refusing food and water. He went straight to the vet that morning for X-rays, and our suspicions were confirmed -- foreign bodies in his stomach and intestines. Tuesday afternoon the vet pulled out some familiar goodies from his insides and also some NOT-so-familiar goodies! As short a time as he's been with BTRVA, we can only assume these things were probably sitting in Apollo’s stomach and not moving before he even came into rescue. We're pleased to tell you that surgery went very well, and he did great, so he was able to come back to his foster home on Wednesday evening. He has to have some recovery from his surgery, but Apollo is on the mend and will be back to his old self again soon! However, we *will* be reassessing what toys he's allowed going forward. These unforeseen events simply are not in our rescue budget since we have focused the bulk of our attention on senior and special needs BTs like Shirley who is going blind, Hutch who is a cardio patient, Colby who has severe eye problems also, and Pipa who is just an old girl in her geriatric years who requires a little extra vet care and medication now and then—just to name a few. But we provide the best possible medical care and do all we must for these little orphans who find their way into our foster program, as well as our hearts.