Nella seemed perfectly fine Friday afternoon, but that evening she started vomiting and refused to eat or drink. Since she didn't seem to have any other symptoms, we decided to wait it out for 24 hours. The next day she decided she wanted to drink, but she would throw it up pretty quickly. By the evening she was no longer throwing up, but she was very lethargic and acting very strangely. That night she started whining and whimpering and trying to get comfortable, but was unable to be comforted.
We decided to take her to the emergency vet hospital, where they found her stomach full of fluid, which was indicative of a blockage. They said she would need surgery. During surgery they found massive amounts of stringy rope and bands which were also wound up around plastic bits childrens comb-like blocks. The blockage was so bad it ran from her stomach all the way to almost her colon, and had to operate in 4 separate areas to remove it all.
She is currently recovering from that surgery but is not out of the woods yet. She needs to stay in the hospital for at least 2 more days. So far the estimate is at around $4800, but because of the weakness of her intestinal track, it's possible something could rupture and require more surgery.
We were able to max out a credit card for the current charges, but if she requires anything beyond what care she has already received, I'm afraid we wouldn't be able to afford it. We hate asking for help, but we would sincerely appreciate any donations to help with the cost of the surgery she already underwent, so that in case she needed any additional surgeries, we would be able to cover that expense. We hope to bring Nella home to us and our 3 kids as soon as possible, and will be forever grateful for any help and support.
- Ronnie Thornton
- Cat Cross
- Susan Salch
- Tara Bieck
- Mary Wolf
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