Thursday, May 27, 2004

OK...I haven't posted in a LONG time...and now I'm going to hit you up for shoot me.

This is Beau. Beau was in the Memphis Animal Shelter and was scheduled to be put to sleep when I found a no-kill shelter to take him. As he was being discharged, the MAS revealed that Beau is heartworm positive. The shelter I had arranged did not have the facilities to care for Beau during his treatment and refused to accept him. Through a series of miracles, Beau was transported to Columbus, Ohio where he was to receive discount price HW treatment through the Dalmatian rescue there. Following treatment, he was going to find a foster or forever home.

Last weekend, Beau was admitted to the ICU at Ohio State Veterinary Hospital with a high fever...apparently a negative reaction to the heartworm treatment. He responded very well to the oxygen tank and the steroids. He will be on meds for the next 10 days and will need to be rechecked after that. He is allowed NO MOVEMENT ... so he gets to go out to do his business and then it's right back into his crate. His appetite is back, so that’s a good sign. All the doctors loved him, he such a darling. We thought he was going to be all right.

The total bill for the emergency room came to $507 ... which is high, but better than expected. Thank doG for small things, right?

Today's development...Beau has blood in his stool. It is not a small amount. The rescue has spoken to both OSU and his regular doctor, and they have given the option to bring him back to emergency, or take a 6:10pm appointment with the reg, vet. Both agree to pull him off the steroid (but he had his pill already this morning), which may have upset the mucus lining in his stomach, and *possibly* caused a secondary infection.

Since he is not "dripping" blood, the rescue plans to take him for this evenings' (3:40pm) appointment. OSU will want to do many, many tests, and it is very expensive there. The regular vet will be thorough and will do what is necessary, but is also more conservative with rescue funds. But the rescue still must send out an emergency plea for funds.

We REALLY need sponsors for Beau. He has come so far...don't you think he's earned it? Can you help give him a better life? Please SPONSOR Beau by visiting to make your donation.

Beau is a wonderfully gentle and sweet boy and I REFUSE to believe that he has come this far for nothing. Please, if you can find it in your heart to help in ANY way, no matter how small, please email me or drop me a private message. We will be setting up an eBay fundraiser for Beau's care and I will post the link as soon as I have it.

Thank you!

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