Little Champ, only 10 months old, and a mere 37 lbs., was rescued from the South Shelter on 1/2/16. Lab Rescuers had heard about a beautiful, (very skinny) little yellow lab puppy, who was suffering from a rare condition. He has a intrahepatic portosystemic liver shunt. What is this, we thought? Well, boy, did we find out!
IHPSS is a life threatening congenital condition. We learned that symptoms are often seen at a young age, like Champ, and include a long list of very serious medical symptoms, to include poor muscle development, neurologic dysfunction, excessive water consumption, diarrhea, vomiting, seizures and lethargy. We also learned that if not treated quickly, Champ would not survive for very long.
Well, Lab Rescuers to the rescue! We are proud to say that Champ had his surgery on 1/15/16. We researched and found a surgeon, Dr. Sarit Dhupa, who is skilled at performing this unusual and extremely delicate operation, and Champ underwent the lengthy surgery he so desperately needed. Chances were high we could have lost Little Champ, during this very delicate surgery, but he's a fighter, that's for sure. He’s still in ICU, four days later, but shows improvement each and every day. He may be able to go home to his foster family very soon, to recuperate some more. (Champ must be kept very calm for the next two weeks, as he’s very weak, and not out of the woods yet)!
Champ’s surgery was 'extremely' expensive, but we couldn’t let him down. Champ is the cutest little guy and, if you saw him, you would fall in love. He’s the ‘let me snuggle' type, with kisses galore. He walks well on the leash, and loves other dogs, and cats! We look forward to finding him a wonderful home in the near future. In the meantime, we would be most grateful for any donation you can make to help pay for his high medical bills. What I forgot to mention, is that Champ also suffered from Parvo as a young puppy. This had nothing to do with his liver shunt, but this poor puppy has been through so much already. He sure deserves to be happy and healthy from now on!
We pray for his speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him able to eat and grow, like a normal puppy should.
Any donation you can make towards his care would be extremely helpful. Remember, all donations are tax deductible!
Harpo is a big, beautiful yellow boy that is approximately 5 years old. Harpo is medium energy and easy to live with. He is house trained with no bad habits. He does not dig, jump or bark unnecessarily.
Harpo has been professionally trained. He has excellent recall, loose leash walking, down stay, wait at the gate/door, leave it, perfect in the car and potty trained. Although Harpo is not a dominate dog he would do best with an assertive handler whom he can respect and feel confident with.
Harpo previously lived well with other dogs but would really like his people all to him self. He does not require a lot of exercise. He would not like going to doggie day care or dog parks. And would do best in a cat-free home. He just wants a home of his own, a dog bed and people to love him.
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