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.