Help save Jack

Update posted by Yat Kam Lai On Jan 17, 2019

Update on Jack

After the surgery and completion of the strong antibiotics (quantity of 300), Jack has become a different dog to us (compared to 3 months ago when we first adopted him). He is more lively now, runs faster, and initiates playtime with our other dogs. From what the foster said he used to be lazy (just lying down and eating), we suspect the foreign objects might be in his body for several years!

We did Jack’s last medical checkup yesterday with a Complete Blood Count test (CBC) and a pancreas check (cPL). We are very grateful that the pancreas test result is normal. You can see the comparison of the CBC from last month and this month. All the indicators are moving towards the normal range.

Post surgerical care (long term)

There have been several occasions where Jack had diarrhea after medication was stopped. We were worried that he might be required to be on long term antibiotics. However we started to notice that whenever after an intensive exercise (running in the park or running along with owners pushbike), diarrhea will come haunt him. Our family vet said it is possible for him to have diarrhea after intensive exercise since 20-30cm of his intestines was removed (due to infection). The shorter the time which the stool stays in the large intestine, the more loose it is. Given his CBC and pancreas are normal, these are the following factors that might cause the diarrhea:

- diet (he has always been on id low-fat so this factor is eliminated)

- probiotics (we stopped probiotics with the medication so this might be one of the factors)

- intensive exercise (diarrhea coincidently happened after both times of Intensive exercise)

As of today, Jack will be on leash for walks so he won’t be running around at full speed. Then we can know whether if it is the exercise or the stoppage of probiotics that is affecting him.

Jack and Coco have now been officially rehomed (AFCD ownership changed) and now renamed Toro and Tako living together with 3 other furry siblings.

All donation campaigns have been stopped. Once again thank you for all the donations made to Jack!

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Update posted by Yat Kam Lai On Dec 18, 2018


2 weeks have passed and Jack went back to the specialty hospital for a re-consultation. No fluid was found in his abdomen and his blood test does not indicate any abnormalities. The vet reasonably concluded that Jack is medically cleared and does not need to revisit the specialty hospital.

The antibiotics treatment is over today and Jack will need to have a blood test one month later at the family vet clinic. Jack still needs to be under observation within this month as we have to monitor him for any post surgerical complication symptoms after the stoppage of his medication. He is off the e-collar and can finally go back to his normal life routine eg having walks and free to walk around the house.

With most of the signs showing Jack is heading into the correct direction, we are temporarily stopping all donations at this stage. We would like to thank you all the donors for helping Jack out. Even though a second surgery (which was predicted) was not required at the last minute, the donations received have aided the recovery much smoother in terms of:

- With the donations received, the specialty hospital was the first choice to go to for the second surgery since the hospital is better equipped.

- All the medical decisions made are solely based on Jack’s health instead of financial considerations since the financial pressure has been relieved.

We will give an update on Jack in a month’s time. Once again, we appreciate all the help given to us to help Jack during this difficult time.

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Update posted by Yat Kam Lai On Dec 04, 2018

Dear everyone,

This morning we sent Jack back to the specialty hospital for his second surgery. As part of the pre surgery check, the vet did an ultrasound to pinpoint where the fluid is in the abdomen. To his surprise, he could not get the abdomen fluid out for sampling. He then did a focal ultrasound (more focused) on his abdomen to search for the fluid. The outcome of the scan was no fluid found.

2 factors for the outcome:

1) Jack’s immune system fought it off and flushed out the fluid.

2) the culture test outcome is contaminated

The vet mentioned the possibility of the latter factor is relatively low. We all now hope it is the first factor that leads to the missing of the fluid.

Therefore, a second surgery is not necessary at this point (unless we really want to know if there’s any breakdown inside his intestines or stomach). Given Jack has the appetite to eat, not having any signs of post surgical syndrome, and also the risk of the second surgery involved, it is recommended that Jack should stay home and be observed for 2 more weeks. During these 2 weeks, he has been given 2 antibiotics to fight off the 3 bacteria found in the culture test as a precaution.

During these 2 weeks, if Jack is to show signs of severe diarrhea, loss of appetite, or digested blood in stool, then a second surgery will be imminent.

We all hope he will make it these 2 weeks. Once again thank you donors for your generosity. We will keep all of you updated on Jack’s condition periodically.

With great appreciation,

Jack’s owner

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Anne Fung

Update posted by Dec 05

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Update posted by Yat Kam Lai On Dec 03, 2018

Updates on Jack:

We brought Jack home on 29th Nov. He seemed to be progressing well on his recovery. He was active, eating and pooping. However, as we mentioned earlier, the vet had found some fluid in Jack’s abdomen and had sent samples to the la for bacterial culture tests. The results came in today and found 3 types of highly-active and antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the fluid.

The vet mentioned one of the reasons why the fluid is in Jack’s abdomen may due to the wounds in Jack’s intestines are not healing. And why Jack is not influenced by it at the moment is because the oral antibiotic Jack has been taking is suppressing the bacteria or the fluid is contained by some kind of cysts that’s protecting Jack from it. But once the bacteria got to Jack’s abdomen, it will cause peritonitis (infection in abdominal membrane) and serious complications.

After consulting with both vets on Jack’s case, we have decided that he needs another surgery in order to remove the fluid in his abdomen. The second surgery is going to be a very high-risk procedure (success rate at 50 percent), we will send him back to VSH for the second surgery as VSH is better equipped and hence better chances on Jack. The quotation on the surgery and postoperative care is approximately 50K-70K for now.

Once again, thank you for those who have donated to us. Your help is very much appreciated.

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God bless Jack

kelvin kwan

Update posted by Dec 03

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