Fritz update: After 15 ish hours at the ER vet, Fritz is still feeling “dumpy” (the word our awesome vet Dr. Turner used to describe him). They have started a more aggressive form of antibiotic treatment, anti-nausea meds, anti-diarrheal meds and IV fluids and he is definitely much brighter today than last night. Fritz had a set of x-rays done today just to rule out any intestinal blockage or other issues — x-rays came back great, thank goodness. After another round of diarrhea, Dr. Turner opted to run another parvo snap test on Fritz. This one came back positive. SHIT! Fritz received 3 DHPP vaccines prior to transport and was quarantined for 4-5 weeks before transport — there is no way that he should have picked up parvovirus at this point. Yet, he’s tested positive.
After a long chat with the vet, we are both concerned that what we may be seeing is a new version of the parvovirus. That’s super scary. Fritz will definitely be spending at least one more night at the ER vet and then transferring back to our regular vet tomorrow once they reopen, assuming he is stable. We have updated Fritz’s ChipIn to reflect what we anticipate our new estimate to be. Any donation, no matter how small, would be a wonderful help to our rescue. Our ship is sinking with all of these sick pups. 😦
Updated ChipIn here: http://bonniebluerescue.chipin.com/fritz-the-fuzzbutt
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Fritz is one of the Fuzzbutt puppies who came to rescue from Louisiana. He has been loving his time in foster care in CT, meeting lots of fun people and pups to play with. A couple of days ago, Fritz started feeling a little puny but after dewormer, metronidazole and a gentler food he perked right up!
Unfortunately, Fritz felt pretty sick again on Friday, so we got him into the vet for a general check up just to make sure that everything was a-okay. Subq fluids and metronidazole worked wonders and he was back to 100% normal on Saturday.
On Sunday, Fritz just wasn’t feeling like himself again. By Sunday evening he started feeling really puny again. Fritz’s foster mom definitely felt like a trip to the ER vet was in order. We’re so glad that he was able to get in this evening as he was starting to get dehydrated and is definitely lethargic. We have a very sick puppy on our hands, but we are so hopeful that this sweet guy will feel better soon.
Thankfully we have already ruled out parvo & distemper — we think he may just have a virus or viral infection that he cannot kick without a little help.
Our estimate for Fritz’s overnight care tonight alone is $1300 (low end estimate)-$1600 (high end estimate).
The other several thousand of dollars in emergency vet bills that we have received this week has put Bonnie Blue in a very tough spot financially. We have nothing left in our Bonnie Blue Rescue Emergency Fund or in general funds to pay Fritz’s bill. To be honest, we don’t know what to do except beg and plead for help. We are stretched beyond belief with this many sick pups — but Fritz is just as deserving as all of the other pups — he deserves a chance to receive the best vet care possible & to get well.
As much as we hate to continue asking for help, we also realize that we cannot handle this many emergencies in one week on our own.
We are begging our rescue friends, facebook friends, past adopters, fosters, and followers to consider even a small donation to help offset the cost of Fritz’s emergency vet visit tonight.
How to donate: Donations can be called in directly to the Shoreline Emergency Vet Clinic (open 24/7) at: 203.929.8600 (account under Bonnie Blue Rescue) or can be made online via ChipIn at: http://bonniebluerescue.chipin.com/fritz-the-fuzzbutt
Check this out: Fritz’s estimate from the ER vet