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Critter Crusaders of Cedar Rapids received and urgent call for help the evening of Saturday 12/23/17. A tiny 8-month-old Pittie puppy was attacked and almost killed by a dog. The pups name was Poseidon. He was at a vet clinic for initial care but he needed immediate transfer to Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Center for critical care. His life was in the balance. Once admitted to EIVSC, it became clear that this would become an epic battle for survival. Poseidon had lost a significant amount of blood. He was lethargic but still wagged his tail. His wounds were located on his head, neck and front limbs and shoulders. They were gaping and exposed to infection. This puppy quickly became the most critical patient in the hospital. At 11pm last night, Dr. Matt Keller called CC with what would become an overnight war against death. Poseidon required a blood transfusion, then a plasma transfusion. His heart rate was over 200 and all hospital resources available were diverted to the minute by minute care of this baby. At 3am this morning (12/24/17), Poseidon again took a turn for the worst. Dr. Keller worked to keep his blood pressure up for the remainder if his shift. At 8am this morning, Dr. Miller assumed care of Poseidon and called with an update. They brought in a staff members blood donor dog in case another transfusion is required. Poseidon’s body is grossly swollen but his tail still wags. Dr. miller reports that they are very concerned about septic shock. Pain medication is being administered for his comfort and the battle for life continues. Critter Crusaders asks for your help to save this puppy. He deserves his life and if he survives, in years to come this episode will be a small blip on the radar of his life. His care will be a financial struggle for Critter Crusaders with many other medically challenged animals in our system.

HELP US MAKE A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE FOR POSEIDON. PLEASE SHARE THIS PLEA FOR HELP. We estimate at this point that his care could exceed $7000.00. Critter Crusaders of Cedar Rapids is a 501c3 charitable organization since 2008. 100% of all donor funds are tax deductible and will go directly to Poseidon’s care as we work to save his life.

If you chose to donate through the mail, you can designate Poseidon in the memo of your check and please mail donations to:
PO BOX 10111
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52410
Or go to our website at www.crittercrusaderscr.org
Federal EIN 26-2821920
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Poseidon Update Monday 2/19/18

Poseidon underwent a potentially life changing procedure last Friday! What occurred has the potentil to vastly improve his life and that of many other pets facing a life of the inibility to swallow or eat. Poseidon has severe scar- tissue strictures in his esophagus which is a secondary result of the dog attack that nearly killed him on Dec. 22nd, 2017. This 8 month old pit bull puppy from Cedar Valley Pit Bull rescue struggled for life at Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Center through Critter Crusaders. On Sunday January 28th, Poseidon suddenly lost the ability to swallow and began to regurgitate severely. CC rushed him to the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in Madison, one of our main vet partners. Poseidon has remained at the hospital ever since undergoing balloon procedures to open the strictures. He has had a total,of six procedures. Last Friday, the internal medicine team with guidance from Animal Medical Center in New York City, placed the first of it’s kind indwelling E-Tube for in home ballooning without anesthesia. The tube, developed by AM was placed in his esophagus and through a hole in the neck. The tube is sutured in place and will remain for at least 4-6 weeks at which time he will be re-evaluated. At the same time Poseidon underwent this state of the art procedure, he was neutered and had a lower profile peg tube placed in his stomach. It was a big day for sure! UW Madison is very excited to see Poseidon’s results as this procedure has the potential to dramatically change the way pets are treated as well as the success rates! Poseidon is a little rock star for sure around The hospital halls! He remains in the care of his UW foster mom, Dr. Katelyn Marlowe who has learned the protocol for the twice a day at home ballooning procedures.
We are so thankful for your support of Poseidon and our ongoing journey that will bring him back to health and normal function. It is imperative that we continue. We are so excited for his future and CC always strives to bring the best medical care possible to these underprivileged pets. We will keep you all updated on this ground breaking journey!
After Friday’s surgery!
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BIG Poseidon Update Tues. 2/12/18 at 8pm.

Hi everyone! At the bottom of this update, we will include information about Poseidon’s next phase of treatment at UW Madison that will start next week. It really explains what is going on and the plan moving forward. Poseidon had his 4th balloon procedure yesterday and it appears that the strictures are improving. There would have been no way to know the ordeal that awaited this puppy after the dog attack that nearly claimed his life. Critter Crusaders asks for your ongoing support in this process. His bills at UW Madison alone already top 7k but we are in it for the long haul. Poseidon could not live la quality life without this intervention. It is all for him. We are making progress. His regurging was initially out of control on his arrival at UW. Today he is down to a few episodes a week with the ballooning and peg tube.
Next week things take a new turn, UW, with the help of the world famous Animal Medical Center in New York City will insert a new esophagostomy tube through the side of Poseidon’s neck and suture it in place. This tube will have a balloon attached to it and his foster mom, Dr. Katelyn Marlowe will begin the ballooning process at home. There is no need for anesthesia and can be accomplished on a schedule for the next 6 weeks. This is not inexpensive. He will go into surgery for the placement, he will be neutered at the same time and then have a low profile peg tube placed. AMC has developed this in-home balloon procedure and Poseidon will become the first- ever patient at UW Madison to have this done. They doctors are very interested in this as the belief is many other dogs can be helped this way. So once again, our boy is doing good through his own ordeal and we could not be more proud of him. He is a true survivor. Katelyn is working to teach him manners and he is doing very well! CC seem to step into uncharted territory with many of our cases but the goal is always the return of health to the animals that we serve. Thank you all so much for your support and please continue to share his story.
Dr. Ryan Bray from UW Internal Medicine Service has explained in great detail the plan going forward with Poseidon:
“ Poseidon's is such a sweet boy and is well loved by everyone in the hospital. He underwent his fourth esophageal ballooning procedure today and recovered well from anesthesia. Objectively, his stricture appears shorter and we were able to dilate it to a larger diameter - which is great news! Because of these noted improvements combined with the reduced amount of his clinical signs, we would recommend continuing with an advanced interventional procedure next week. To facilitate further ballooning without requiring general anesthesia twice weekly, we recommend placement of an indwelling esophageal balloon dilation feeding tube (B-tube). This procedure is tentatively scheduled for next week. This is a tube that would enter directly into the esophagus, through the skin on the side of his neck (by-passing the mouth completely) and allows dilation of the balloon twice daily, at home, while Poseidon is awake and unsedated. The inflation may cause some gagging, which typically resolves as soon as the balloon is deflated. There is no need to keep the balloon inflated for any period of time, meaning the balloon should be filled and then immediately deflated. We will provide you with detailed instructions on how to inflate and deflate the tube. Because the balloon will remain deflated for the remainder of the day, it may allow passage of normal food around the tube, allowing oral feedings. Poseidon could also be fed through the tube itself, if he does not tolerate oral feeding while the tube is in place. If no complications arise, the B- tube is typically removed in 4-6 weeks. We would follow-up with an additional esophagoscopy (evaluation of his esophagus using an endoscope) under general anesthesia, to confirm the stricture has resolved and evaluate the inner lining of the esophagus. Potential complications of the B-tube include esophageal perforation, irritation or infection of the insertion site, discomfort when the balloon is inflated, or problems with the tube requiring removal and a second placement procedure. With placement of the B-tube, we would still caution, however, a guarded prognosis for full return of normal esophageal function. However our goal is to optimize Poseidon's improvement as much as possible in order to provide an improved quality of life. Our plan for next week is to proceed with the B-tube placement discussed above and conversion of his PEG tube to a low-profile tube, both performed under general anesthesia. The low-profile tube will eliminate the need for tubing outside of his body. The external feeding port will fit flush with his skin, which should be less cumbersome than his current tube, and allow less concern about the tubing becoming caught or damaged.”
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Poseidon Update Wed. 2/7/18 at 8:30pm

Our little boy had his life change after the Dec. 22nd dog attack that nearly killed him. Poseidon has recovered from his wounds to face a second trauma, the esophageal strictures that have developed as a result of the original injury to his neck and increased acid in his esophagus. All of the necessary steps were taken at Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Center to avoid a complication like this but not everything can be controlled. Consequently, Poseidon has lost an enormous anount of weight, even with a peg tube. He remains at UW Madison Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital for ongoing care. He has had a total of 3 balloon procedures so far with the last being yesterday. With each procedure, the balloon is inflated to a greater diameter to stretch and break down the scar tissue strictures that threaten him. He has regurged just a few times and the doctors are working to increase his caloric intake while not i pncreasing the amount of food product going into his stomach via the peg tube and orally. This has been a very tough reality for Poseidon who is now eating some food orally in an upright postion ( called a Baily Chair) to help let gravity do it’s work, passing through what are two large obstructions in his esophagus. We knew that he could have complications but no one was able to predict the severity of what has happened. Without question, this is a very complex issue with no easy fixes. Our hope is that a series of balloon procedures, each with general anesthesia will open the esophagus to a point where Poseidon can eat normally. His next balloon procedure will be this Friday and at that time, the internal medicine doctors will change out his peg tube for a lower profile tube that is less likely to get caught and pulled out on something.
Critter Crusaders needs continued donations for this huge, ongoing bill at UW. He is SO worth it. Each procedure is around $1000 and changing out the balloon ( he has now had two sizes) is $600per balloon. We ask you to continue to share his story if you would and we are very grateful for your support. We are absolutely determined to bring this sweet boy back to normal. If this ballooning ultimately fails to reverse the diameter of the strictures, we will have to use other adjunct therapy to help him, including very risky esophageal surgery. That remains the last option. We are hoping to have some good news this Friday and we will share this with you all! The photos are of Poseidon in the Baily Chair. After oral food intake, he remains upright in the chair for 20 minutes. As you can see, he thought it was time to catch a “cat nap”!❤️
Nap time.
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Poseidon update Sunday Feb 4th.

Hi everyone! Our little boy completed his two initial balloon procedures this past Monday and then another on Friday. Each went well. UW internam medicine Dr. Jacobs had a bit if trouble controlling his blood pressure on Monday’s anesthesia but Friday went perfectly. Generally it will take multiple procedures to to open up these esophageal strictures. So after Mondays procedure, they tried to pass a tube through the strictures before his ballooning on Fridayand the scar tissue had closed again. When they passed the tube after the ballooning on Friday, they were able to get through. Dr, Jacobs explained this as training and coaxing the strictures to open up and flatten out. In the last week since these procedures, Poseidon has only had a couple of regurge episodes! A far cry from our transport to UW last Sunday where he regurged saliva constantly during the entire trip. Poor Poseidon looks so thin. He is weak and sleeping alot but this is all part of the process dealing with this major complication. If this had not been addressed quickly with a peg tube and intervention, it would be a life ending issue. He remains at UW Madison and in the care of Dr. Katelyn Marlowe as a temporary foster mom. This is wonderful as it gives the “P”-man quick access to medical care and much less travel time for his balloon procedures. We are getting there! He is being fed by hand in an upright position and supplemented with his gastrostomy tube. This will take time and he so deserves this. The initial dog attack injury was dramatic in a very visual way. This complication is actually equally dramatic but without visible injury. Just his lethargy and emaciation. UW is monitoring his weight and all is going very well! We are happy with his progress and we know that a successful outcome is in his future! Thanks to all of you who have helped Poseidon on the journey to recovery and health. Special thanks to Cedar Valley Pit Bull Rescue for allowing Critter Crusaders the priveledge of helping this wonderful puppy regain his life❤️
Poseidon selfie with Dr. Jacobs
Poseidon in the ward with the UW staff
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