Puff is a three-year-old Khaki Campbell duck who is an emotional support duck to her owner, Ashley Scott. Ashley suffers from a rare autoimmune disease which causes a great deal of pain and requires she receive regular medical treatments. Puff remains by her side and provides Ashley a great deal of comfort, support, and happiness.
The evening of March 27th, Ashley noticed that there was something very wrong with Puff. She was acting very weak and not interested in eating or drinking. When Ashley picked her up to cuddle her, she’d go limp in her arms. The next morning, Ashley drove Puff to see their primary veterinarian, Pet Care Veterinary Hospital in Virginia Beach. The physical exam revealed Puff had a distended belly and that she was indeed in pain. Radiographs confirmed the presence of an egg. He referred Puff to North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine Emergency Hospital (which was a 5+ hour drive away).
Puff was hospitalized overnight, where she received round-the-clock intensive care, oxygen therapy, pain medication, and IV fluids. The doctors performed a CBC, took more radiographs, and ultrasound to try to understand why Puff was in so much pain. They discovered the presence of a mass which they believe is an impacted egg. Surgery was discussed but dismissed because the doctors were worried about the risks associated with putting Puff under anesthesia. They believe that the egg is small enough for Puff to pass on her own. However, since Puff has a history of egg laying problems, the doctors are worried Puff will continue to have problems, which could dramatically shorten her life span. Therefore they administered hormone injections and recommended that Ashley talk to another vet about administering hormone implants.
Unfortunately, the unexpected medical expenses to save Puff’s life are quickly adding up and her family and friends want her to live a long and happy life. Any help you can give would be so greatly appreciated, more than any words could say.
- Haley Seidl
- Rachel Glodo
- Penny Mabee
Organizer and beneficiary
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