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Life-Threatening Pyometra


When we learned about Littlebit's case, we were concerned whether or not she could be saved. But after learning about her owner, a veteran who had become homeless, we had to try to save this 13-year old chihuahua who was his entire world.

Littlebit's owner was recently placed into VA housing after being homeless. He thought his life was turning around until he noticed Littlebit getting sicker and sicker. When we received the first picture of her, she couldn't even stand due to pain. We was leaking fluid and was very lethargic with a swollen belly from her infected uterus.

We had her owner rush her to our vet partner, Suncoast Emergency & Speciality Center, where she was diagnosed with a potentially deadly pyometra infection.

She was leaking fluid and became very lethargic as her belly swelled from her infected uterus. At 13 years old, we were not sure she would be a candidate for this life-saving surgery. Dr. Young and his amazing team performed the surgery and saved Littlebit's life.

Many people have never heard of this condition which is avoidable with simple, planned spay. So much education focuses on pet overpopulation but doing a better job of communicating the risks of remaining intact are vital.

Today we are so happy and enjoy the pictures shared by Littlebit's owner where she and him are enjoying life as they should.

Partial funding for this was made possible through our Medical Assistance Program for emergency, trauma and surgical cases with a grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County through their Animal Welfare Grant Program thanks to the Martha Leiter and Nancy Streetman Fund I and Robert Parker Fund.

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