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I received Ester a English Bull Dog puppy when she was just a day old after her mother had stepped on her in the whelping box. The owner brought her into the veterinary clinic where I worked and she was told the possibility of her surviving her injuries were very slim. I spoke with the owners after the Doctors had given her the news and I told her I would take the puppy home and tube feed her and such and give it a try,if she lived I would give her back . The owner gave her to me that day and after tube feeding, then bottle feeding she began to get better when it was time to give her back the previous owner said she was mine.
Now three years later Ester became extremely ill one day and I took her into the emergency room where and ultrasound showed she had stones in her kidney, ureter, and bladder . After a couple of days of hospitalization, antibiotics, another ultrasound showed many of the stones had past into the bladder she came home (on new prescription food and more antibiotics). At her next recheck she still had a urinary tract infections so more antibiotics. Three weeks later after finishing those medications she went in for another ultrasound which showed the food was working however the one of her kidneys was very small and that ureter also did not look good indicating a chronic condition. another urine culture showed still had a staph infection . So the bottom line is the affected kidney is not working and infected so as long as it is there she will continue to have infections and eventually the medication will not longer work. Ester has to have that kidney removed.
I am lucky that the animal hospital that Ester goes to is able to provide that surgery and past patients have done well but as you can imagine it is expensive. I have spent many an hour trying to justify spending that amount of money (if I could find it) when I have so many other bills to pay but it all comes down to Ester is a young dog and although she is not a service dog or anything like that, she is a clown, she drools on you, she has gas, she loves her three human brothers, and she is a beautiful, and a beloved part of our family.
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Debbie Johnson 
Tucson, AZ
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