Todd is Recovering From Urgent Surgery and is Still in Emergency Care

  • Breed: Pomeranian
  • Name: Todd
  • Color: Tan
  • Size: Small
  • Age: Adult

Todd, a caramel colored Pomeranian, was found in severe pain, staggering alone on the streets in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. A good samaritan admitted him to a local shelter. And that's when we (Central Ohio Pomeranian Rescue) stepped in.

Upon rescue, we discovered that Todd had a large tumor on his rump. He was clearly in a lot of pain, so we took him to the veterinarian immediately. The vet confirmed that Todd has perinea hernia which means that his intestines, bladder and prostate are on the outside of his body, within the hernia. Todd was also diagnosed with kennel cough (which he caught at the shelter); and every time he coughed, his tiny body reeled with pain. Surgery and medication were necessary.

He was defecating with difficulty the first couple days that he was in our care; his hernia got bigger and more painful each day. Todd was in so much pain at this point that he could no longer defecate on his own. We had hoped to get him over the kennel cough before surgery, but it was considered an emergency at this point because Todd was so uncomfortable and the doctor could not do anything to relieve him.

Todd had surgery at Medvet on 8/17 to repair the hernia. Todd started eating and was able to defecate on his own within the first 24 hours. This was great news until he started to refuse food and not act himself. He then spiked a high fever, which resulted in the surgeon recommending IV fluids and Unicef antibiotics.

By Friday, Todd was acting more lethargic and everything was painful for him. Dr. Harkin ran blood work and discovered his white blood cells were off-the-charts high. It seems that Todd now has a *major bodily infection.*

While Todd recovers from kennel cough and such a serious surgery, he will remain at the emergency vet where he will be monitored very closely. He was scheduled to have an ultrasound today to find the source of his infection; however, we've been just alerted to the fact that he has developed a huge abscess rupture near his incision site. The vet canceled the ultrasound until further notice. Todd is still hospitalized and will continue to receive IV fluids and three (3) different antibiotics; his blood will be rechecked next week.

Todd has been a trooper throughout this process -- and has been incredibly sweet. Please consider donating toward Todd's medical treatments. No donation is too small, and every amount is so greatly appreciated.


  • Todd went for his final recheck; the hernia repair is holding fine and the incisions have healed. It seems as if  no further infection will arise. He looks handsome and feels so much better!   THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED TOWARD HIS CARE!!

    September 21, 2017

  • Todd is loving his foster home. He is getting stronger and happier- still not available for adoption, but he is on the mend now. Thank you dearly for all of the support you have given him.   Please continue to help us with his Medical bills, no donation is too small. 

    September 05, 2017

  • Todd was finally strong enough to leave the pet hospital today. He is getting cozy at home and he is so happy to be in his foster Mama's arms. 

    September 01, 2017

  • Todd is off of his IV and feeling a lot better this morning. He already looks a lot stronger and healthier. However he is not eating as well as they hoped he would. Todd will be staying at the pet hospital to finish his antibiotics and pain meds, we are hoping he will be well enough to go home to his foster tomorrow. 

    August 30, 2017

  •  Todd was scheduled for a ultrasound at 1:30 today so they could try to find out what the source of his infection was BUT we  just got a call about 1/2 hr ago saying that he had a huge abscess rupture and drain and we could cancel the ultrasound. He is still hospitalized, and they will continue the IV fluids and 3 different antibiotics and recheck his blood work soon.

    August 28, 2017

  • Todd remains hospitalized, he spiked a high fever of 105 last night and he is refusing to eat. They have started him on IV fluids and IV antibiotics. The vet believes there is a major infection going on in Todd's little body, as he started to go downhill fairly quickly.

    The staff all have fallen in love with him, he is such a sweet little boy. We will continue providing the best care for Todd but we need help with his medical bills. Please if you can donate even a small amount, every penny helps.

    August 24, 2017

  • Surgery went well. They were able to repair the hernia and neuter him. He already feels and looks so much better and has already defecated! He is resting comfortably and may be able to be discharged tomorrow if he continues to do well through the night.

    August 17, 2017