The call last night was fantastic. Voltaire responded over the weekend to the antibiotics for his liver infection. His liver enzyme value was 1/3 of what it was on Friday!! This is a significant jump in the RIGHT direction. But, his bloodwork also showed increased levels of amylase and lipase which indicates pancreatitis. UGH. Tests yesterday confirmed that. So, little Voltaire had a nasal gastric tube inserted to give him nutrition which does not require his body to digest anything. This allows his pancreas to recover. Last night, the vet reported that he was up and walking around and even got testy with one of the techs who is taking his blood pressure. YEAH, go Voltaire.
But, the hospital bill is already (as of 8 am Wednesday morning) at $6800. I know some of you will think it is ridiculous to spend money like this on ONE SINGLE little RESCUE dog, but we treat our rescues like they were YOUR dog. And remember what a fighter Mr. Voltaire is. He came to us early in 2010 after being abandoned in a rural area of Houston. Cute, adorable, tiny little boy was left to fend for himself and thankfully, a good samaritan brought him in. We soon found out that he had a really bad heart murmur and got that stabilized then, found a tumor in one of his anal sacs. The surgery to remove the tumor was successful, although it took him quite a while to recover. And, the tumor was determined to be benign. Then about two months ago, he had a episode with his heart, but again, pulled out of it with the help of the wonderful experts at Gulf Coast Internal Medicine and Critical Care.
We routinely check Voltaire’s bloodwork and heart and this routine checkup is what prompted us to put him into the hospital on Friday.
We try hard to do right by all of our puppers and Voltaire is a little senior old man that deserves a little more time in a happy home. He’s lived in the same foster home for over a year now and is loved beyond words.
Please help us keep Mr. Voltaire around a little longer. We will need serious help paying his bill when he is released later this week. So far, we have raised over $1000 for him, but will need quite a bit more. I really do not want to have to pull him out of the hospital when he is recovering so nicely.
If you would like to donate via Paypal, we have a chipin set up so you can monitor where he stands.
HERE IS THE LINK TO THE CHIPIN FOR VOLTAIRE’s medical expenses.
And, of course, Mr. Voltaire accepts checks!! If you want to send Voltaire a check, his mailing address is:
PO BOX 218075
Houston, TX 77218-8075
Please be sure to shoot me an email to let me know. Teresa@shihtzu-rescue.com.
If you want to make a donation directly to Gulf Coast, just call them at 713-693-1144. If you do this, also shoot me an email so I can deduct the amount from the chipin.
Lone Star Shih Tzu & Lhasa Apso Rescue