Help Ace's Recovery
On January 30th a good friend of mine, Logan, got a call no one with a pet in their family ever wants to get: his dog Ace had been attacked, and it was bad. So far they think a large cat (mountain lion maybe) did the damage, but it left Ace in a bad state, and now Ace is fighting the good fight. Things are looking good, he is being helped by an amazing team at the Vet Health Center at Kansas State University, but the costs are mounting. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated, and 100% raised will go toward helping Ace get back to 100%.
A recent update from Logan:
"Thank you everyone who has kept Ace in your thoughts and to those who have been sending positive vibes his way!
So I was able to go by and see my little buddy today after I got of work. Apparently he hadn't been moving much today (probably due to the medications they have him on), but when he heard that I had come to visit he popped right up and walked all the way down the hall to the exam room under his own power. The walk took it out of him though, and he crashed pretty hard after getting into the room. The doctors & vet student looking after him explained what all was going on. Honestly, they were talking so fast I couldn't really grasp what all they were telling me, but here is the gist of it:
There were two punctures in his esophagus that they were able to suture back together.
When they dug deeper they found a 50% tear in his trachea that had some swelling around it causing it to tear even more. They got that sutured back together which will hopefully cause it to heal.
There was also a puncture wound on the top of his neck, so they cut him open there to see if there had been any muscle damage. What they found was many of the muscles on the top of his neck, and around his esophagus & trachea had been severely damaged.
They then removed the damaged muscle & said that the healthy muscle should repair itself.
There was also a bite-looking mark on his hind end that they had to put a couple of stitches in & should have no trouble healing.
They also said that his white blood count was low, but that was more than likely due to his body fighting off infections.
Right now it is too early to tell if he will make a complete recovery, but they were optimistic of the outlook on him! We should find out more in the next 3-5 days! So continued support would be greatly appreciated!
Additional note: We did ask the doctors what they thought caused this. Both said that they had never seen any kind of trauma like this caused to a dog and it still be alive. They both ruled out any dog doing this to him. They also doubted a coyote was responsible for the attack. Based off of the marks on his hind end & where the puncture wounds were on his neck & how severe they were, the assumption is that it was a large cat."
So I know many of you have been waiting on an update about Ace. I am happy to report that I bailed him out of the hospital today!!! It has been a long 3 weeks for the both of us, but now he is finally home where he belongs!
I would like to thank the staff at K-State Vet Health Clinic for doing everything in their power to get him back home to me! Every single person I dealt with there made getting through this rough time a little bit easier. Some of the staff told me today when I picked him up that they were both happy and sad to see him leave. That just goes to show you how much these folks care about what they do and how attached they can get to the patients there!
I would be remiss if I didn't also thank each of you who checked in, offered support, reached out a helping hand, liked, commented, shared, donated, and more. Words cannot describe how thankful and blessed I am to be surrounded by such a loving, generous, and caring group of family and friends! I'd like to thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for everything that you've done these last 3 weeks!
Due to the fact that he had to have additional surgeries, which required additional time in the ICU, the medical costs are quite a bit more than anticipated. Below is the GoFundMe page for Ace's recovery. If you don't want to donate or have already made a donation I would ask that you consider sharing it with others. He's had a ton of help from strangers already! We are forever grateful for them!
Also, stay tuned for another update in the near future. Ace may soon be a star! I will post more about it when I am able to!
Ace had surgery yesterday to close both of the open wounds in his neck. There are several stitches inside the wounds and staples holding it closed. He has two "grenade" drains (that work similarly to an eye dropper) that are in place to suck out any excess fluids from the wounds.
When I went to visit him last night he had just been given a strong pain pill so he was high as a kite. We sat and hung out for a while before it was time to take him back to his kennel so he could catch some zzz's.
I went by again during my lunch break today, and Ace was doing much better. Still has the drains in, but is active and aware of his surroundings. He actually had quite the appetite today and scarfed down his lunch while we hung out.
Ace's condition continues to keep getting better. We are in a much better position now than we were a week ago! Still not out of the woods just yet, so keep those prayers, thoughts, and positive vibes for my little buddy coming! He's fought so hard to get to this point! Just a little bit more to go! #PrayersForAce #AceStrong
Update #13 on my furry friend, Ace:
Ace is definitely feeling more himself today! He stayed awake the entire time I was there, both during lunch & after work. His personality is definitely showing through as he is somewhat back to being his ornery self.
Many people will be celebrating Valentine's Day by going on a date. Ace also has a date tomorrow: with the anesthetist. They are hoping to get in and sew up his open wound underneath his neck. He still has a small hole in his trachea, but they are discussing different procedures that could close it the same time they close the open wound.
Things are looking quite good at the moment for Ace, and yes, that is a smile you see in the picture! Still not out of the woods just yet, but things seem to be on the up & up! Continued prayers, thoughts, positive vibes, etc. are still appreciated! #PrayersForAce #AceStrong