Sunday, June 28, 2015

Chloe's update & Little Brownie whom we had to say goodbye to..

It has been a month since we took Chloe in (, and we do have both positive and not so positive updates. Well, this is the practicality of rescue work we have to admit. It is never a bed of roses.

The good news is, Chloe has been coping with the chemo jabs very well and her tumor has shrunk considerably. She also has a huge appetite! It really does help that she is young and her body is able to withstand the effects of the chemo jabs she has undergone. As we finish up her chemo jabs this week, we unfortunately have to start her on heartworm treatment as the vet noticed that her bloodwork was not looking good and after running some tests, she was diagnosed with heartworm.

Chloe nearing the end of her TVT treatment
Nonetheless, Chloe is an extremely friendly girl who will wag her tail like a helicopter rotor even though you are meeting her for the first time! She is HDB-approved size and please let us know should you know of anyone looking to adopt. We are sure you will fall head over heels in love with her once you meet her!

Do you detect a smirk on Chloe's face? :)
On the flip side, we lost a young life a couple of days ago. Mongrel puppies are aplenty, we know. But they did not choose to be born in such harsh environments where they literally have to fight for daily survival. One early morning over the weekend, J spotted a puppy lying on his side whining and panting heavily. We are not absolutely certain if he is one of Chloe's puppies given that to our knowledge, Chloe had only one brown puppy which was already adopted. Or did he come out in the open to "ask for help"? Regardless, we could not leave him lying there struggling.

Brownie lying on his side whining and panting heavily

J immediately brought Brownie to a clinic nearby which put him on oxygen therapy straight away. The poor boy was covered with lots of small ticks but to keep him alive was primary now. After a blood test and some x-rays taken, the vet diagnosed Brownie with acute gastroenteritis and subsequent aspiration pneumonia. The x-rays showed his lungs were cloudy which should not be the case, but further testing was required to determine what was actually wrong. They also found some bones and foreign objects in his little stomach.

Brownie on oxygen therapy

After Brownie stabilized a wee bit, we had to transfer him over to a hospital for round the clock monitoring. Over at the hospital, the diagnosis was sadly just as poor. A trachea wash was recommended as the vets needed to find out the cause of his condition before recommending further treatment. This was however, to be performed only if Brownie made it through the night.

The poor boy seeking some affection

A grateful smile from Brownie while being transferred to the hospital

Morning came and there was no call from the clinic the previous night. We were glad that the poor boy was still alive and the vet updated that his breathing seemed a bit labored without oxygen provided but apart from that, he was still coping fine for now. We thus made the decision to proceed with the trachea wash.

Another call came slightly past noon. We initially thought it was to inform us of the results of the trachea wash but the vet regrettably updated that Brownie had passed on. His heart stopped and they tried resuscitating him but to no avail. Our hearts sank but we knew we had tried our very best for this little one.

Vet bills are never cheap – all of you who bring your beloved pooches for health checks will know. Though Brownie incurred a fair bit of bills but eventually did not make it, at least we gave it a shot and did all we could. We are thankful for the kind contributions that came in for Chloe and if you can, we will like to ask for help with Brownie’s bills as well in any way within your means. Please email if you will like to contribute to little Brownie’s last journey, thank you.

Beneficiary of Animal Merchandise :)

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