Our Winnie almost died Thursday night. After eating an unknown foreign object and then us getting some iffy medical advice, she became critical Thursday night and grew violently ill. The first time she threw up, she threw up a liter of fluid and then she couldn’t stop. We took her to an animal ER and were told that if we we didn’t get an estimated $3600 surgery, she would die, but if we did do the surgery, her odds still weren’t good. We chose surgery and we’re very lucky that she survived.
She went back to a regular vet for IV fluids and monitoring during the day yesterday, but she unfortunately spiked a fever at 5 PM, so we went back to the ER for her to be monitored overnight. Winnie had also not eaten since Monday, so we were very worried. But she luckily started eating last night, so we brought her home to be closely monitored here by us. Unfortunately, she still has a long road ahead of her and we won’t truly know if she’ll survive until later next week.
For the next 10 days, we have to watch for signs of infection from her incision. She has at least 20 staples covering the incision that is at least 6 inches long. We also have to watch for signs of intestinal leakage in the coming days which would then be a whole other ordeal.
I had initially shared Winnie’s condition on Thursday night just looking for support. I received so much support from what was one of the hardest days I’ve ever dealt with and I’ll always be thankful for that. And to my surprise, some even offered to help us afford the very expensive vet bills. We originally had decided we’d try to eat the cost ourselves, but as Winnie needed more and more continued care from multiple vets, we agreed to at least make this GoFundMe and see what happens. We by no means expect anything and will be just as grateful for all of the support we have received throughout the past few days.
We will keep you all updated on any changes. We were told by the ER Vet last night that she expects Winnie to make a full recovery and that alone has made us so happy.
- Lisa Barcy
- Ciara Hurt
- Kristen Ford