Hello everyone and thank you!!
Our beloved Clifford has been rushed into emergency surgery! This past friday he started throwing up a bit. It didn't seem too concerning at first because if you know Clifford a little puke every now and then isn't a big deal. Anyways, this contiued through the weekend, he was not able to keep down any food or water at all. I started to get really concerned on monday evening. He was laying down and seemed feverish (shaking) and was completely unresponsive. He wouldn't even lift his head up when his name was called. I decided that he had suffered enough and was clearly not getting better and brought him to the animal hospital.
When we got to the animal hospital Cliff was a bit excited to meet everyone there, nothing like his usual enegy levels, but it was good to see him wagging his tail! The Vet saw him right away. The first thing he noted was that Cliff was very dehydrated from not being able to keep down any water for almost four days. He also noted that Cliff seemed to have some tension in his stomach and was responding with pain when he touched that part of his stomach. He recommended that x-rays be taken. We took the x-rays and the Vet apparently couldn't tell too much from the x-ray, he could just see that there was potentially an item that shouldn't be there in his stomach. From here he recommended that they keep Cliff overnight and put him on IV's to rehydrate him and to give him some nourishment. He also said that bringing him back to health could potentially get his digestive track moving and help him pass whatever is in there.
The Vet called me this morning around 8:15am. He said that Cliff had just thrown up and that there was some blood in it. The Vet said this was quite concerning and said that he needed to do an ultrasound so that he could see what was really going on inside of Cliff. He called me around noon saying Cliff needs surgery. There is a large obstruction in his stomach and small intestine that he will not be able to pass on his own.
The good news is that is should be a straight forward surgery! Get in there, remove the item, then stitch him back up. Unfortunately the costs of all of it is a bit overwhelming. The Vet has estimated anywhere between 2,000 and 2,400 dollars to cover everything. That includes everything that has already been done for him, surgery, and them taking care of him after surgery until he is ready to come home.
Anything at all you can contribute is more than appreciated. If all you have right now is prayers right now, that is greatly appreciated. The goal right now is to raise 2,200 wich was right in the middle of the estimate. If we go over the amount that it ends up costing any excess money we raise will be donated to the Animal Rescue Site Charity. They raise money for food and supplies of animals who have been rescued.
I will post updated of how he is doing on Facebook.
Thank you again soo much!!