This is Misty! Misty came to us by way of our friends at Community Canines when someone reached out to them about a dane they found on the side of the highway. At first, it was suspected that she was pregnant, because of how HUGE her abdomen was, however, pregnancy couldn’t have been further than from the situation with this girl.
After 3 days of having Misty and having seen 4 different vets now, we FINALLY have some leads on what is going on with her.
She went to the vet the day we had her in our care and, after xrays and labwork, it was suspected that the reason behind alllll the fluid in her abdomen was her spleen. Her heart looked ok, as did all the other organs, and her labs were pretty perfect, so surgery was scheduled for a splenectomy because that was the suspected etiology of the fluid. We were given a price of $8K-$10K for that surgery, and with so little information and with the lack of donations coming in, I seriously hesitated. I decided to text another vet for a second opinion and they told me to bring her in… so I did. Once there, based on her labs and her radiology report, it was determined that there wasn’t enough information to remove her spleen and cardiac issues were suspected. Therefore, the new plan was to obtain a thoracic ultrasound/echo.
After calling close to 2 dozen vets… we finally found one that took the time to chat and look over her labs and rads and we agreed that the best way to, not only visualize organs and landmarks, but also to give her some comfort, would be to drain some of the excess fluid in her abdomen… so we had 2 liters drained. Next day, I took her back and she had 3.5 more liters drained and there is still so much more! Once the fluid was drained, we were able to identify the root of the problem… HER LEFT OVARY! SHE HAS AN 8CM TUMOR ON HER L OVARY! The fluid removed has been sent to pathology and we should know by Tuesday what it reveals, but metastatic disease is HIGHLY suspected and the prognosis seems poor.
However, if you know ANYTHING about ODAAT, you KNOW that we don’t shy away from a challenge. There is fluid around her heart known as “pericardial effusion” which does not make her a good candidate for surgery, but I think we may just try to get her strong and healthy and give her a shot! This girl is as sweet as can be, yesterday she started with the tail wags and today with the head nudges and the leaning.
All that being said, this girl is the poster child for Spay & Neuter The vet did a quick search on a worldwide veterinary database for ovarian cancer in dogs and was not able to find information readily available for canines. Wanna know why?! BECAUSE DOGS SHOULD NOT HAVE OVARIAN CANCER! This sweet girl was likely used to produce litters and litters of “cute” puppies over YEARS! Her entire life has likely been as a #cashcow and now, when she’s in THIS shape and these heartless humans have no need for her, she was simply discarded! Her GI tract is so empty that her diarrhea is pure liquid. Xrays revealed a “mass” in her stomach that, after eating some grass, we came to find out was nothing but bones and trash that she has been eating to survive. This poor dog’s condition is INEXCUSABLE… the cause… humans! Her spirit… intact… not yet broken.
Lastly, a message I am tired, sick and tired of preaching! STOP BUYING PUPPIES OFF CRAIGSLIST! STOP BUYING PUPPIES OFF FACEBOOK! STOP BUYING PUPPIES FROM BACKYARD BREEDERS! STOP BUYING PUPPIES FROM IRRESPONSIBLE BREEDERS! STOP! STOP! STOP! STOP SUPPORTING THIS ABUSE! WHEN YOU DO… YOU ARE THE PROBLEM! Get a dog from a rescue, a shelter or a responsible breeder. If you apply and don’t hear right away or they don’t have exactly what you want WHEN you want it… BE PATIENT! DON’T ENCOURAGE, SUPPORT AND PERPETUATE THE IRRESPONSIBLE PRACTICE OF BACKYARD BREEDING THIS HORRIFIC PRACTICE JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN’T WAIT AND YOU WANT A DOG “NOW!” BE PATIENT!
Can you tell how passionate I am about this? Can you tell how incredibly heartbroken and utterly pissed off I am about this dog and the fact that AS LONG AS YOU KEEP BUYING PUPPIES FROM BACKYARD BREEDERS, WE WILL KEEP SEEING DOGS LIKE MISTY!?!?! PLEASE SHARE! PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD! THIS NEEDS TO STOP! THIS DOES NOT NEED TO BE THE REALITY! WE HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THE FATE OF THESE DOGS! START NOW!