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To Save A Life: Puppy Lorraine’s Prayer

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A single phone call has the power to change the trajectory of an animal’s life. It did for 9-month-old Lorraine, a mixed breed girl with severe regurgitation.  Critter Crusaders accepted her into our medical system Sunday Feb.10th, not knowing the dramatic turn of events that would occur barley two days later.  Lorraine is hospitalized and initially had a work up through CC at Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Center with bile acids and a GI panel for ongoing regurgitation of her food yesterday.  She is about 20lbs underweight indicating this condition had been going on a while.  The doctors were expecting some sort of inflammatory bowel issue along with several other suspect conditions that are common with her symptoms.  But everything changed very quickly.  Overnight, Lorraine regurgitated several times an hour.  Nothing medically helped.  The staff had their hands full.  Today the plan was to take biopsies of her stomach and intestines.  Instead, Lorraine was rushed into an emergency surgery with Dr. Rhonda Aper.  What she found was stunning.  The majority of puppy Lorraine’s internal organs were adhered together pulling them out of position so her entire GI system from her stomach on down was nonfunctional.  Her diaphragm, liver, spleen, pancreas, stomach, pylorus and duodenum were stuck together and pulled up and to the side of her abdomen. These adhesions are massive scar tissue, much like painful endometriosis in females. This is a very uncommon and unexplained finding, especially in such a young dog with no history of trauma.  Multiple organs were compromised and she lacked the ability to pass food from her stomach into her small intestines.  It just all came right back up, like hitting a brick wall.  Dr. Aper removed the massive adhesions and repositioned the organs.  She also had to perform a pyloroplasty, where this valve at the bottom of the stomach is made wider and more functional.  Lorraine’s pyloric valve was complete blocked.  

This is a huge surgery for this sweet girl and will require many days in critical care.  Her biggest risks are severe pancreatitis and a breakdown of the damaged and inflamed tissue in the GI tract.  We are asking those that can, to please help us in saving Lorraine’s life.  With many other post-surgical pets in our system, we would so appreciate any financial assistance that you can give.  Well wishes and good thoughts are welcomed as well.  The toughest thing for an organization like ours is to ask for help.  Critter Crusaders takes on these big medical and surgical cases, but sometimes the extent of needed treatment even surprises us. It is like stepping off of a ledge into the unknown.  All donations through this Go Fund Me will be directly applied to Lorraine’s bill at EIVSC in Cedar Rapids.  We thank you for any assistance and we are determined to give this puppy her chance of a lifetime.  We also thank our friends at Last Hope for taking Lorraine into their rescue system. 

More to come. ️ ️ ️
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Lorraine Update Friday 3/22/19

It has been a while since we did an update on this little gal! After surviving a massive abdominal surgery that revealed multiple adhesions attaching many of her internal organs to each other, along with a pyloroplasty which rebuilt the passage way of stomach contents to her small intestines, this girl is on the mend! Rainy as her foster mom Jennie calls her, is full of energy! Critter Crusaders continue to monitor her physical progress. Regurgitation is what we are watching closely as that is the biggest indicator of how food is passing from her esophagus into her tummy and then on it’s way through her GI tract. Rainy remains under the care of Dr. Theresa Obr at Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Center. Dr. Obr has no way to know if this girl will again develop the adhesions that almost ended her young life. Time will tell that story. We thank everyone who has donated to her medical care and sent well wishes as she has been a very extensive case. We also thank our friends at Last Hope for giving Rainy a “home” in their rescue. Saving animals is always a team effort. Rainy is certainly worth it!
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Puppy Lorraine UpdateSaturday March 2nd, 2019 at 3pm.
This little lady has been doing great since her release from an enormous surgery and critical care. Lorraine’s internal organs and many of her GI structures were stuck together from multiple adhesions which can also be called scar tissue. The cause for this severe abnormality is unknown. Lorraine required a pyloroplasty which basically rebuilt her pylorus into a functional structure that will allow passage of food in the stomach into her small intestine. It was completely blocked by scar tissue causing her severe regurgitation. Lorraine’s abdominal scar is the longest we have ever seen. Dr. Aper at Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Center saved her life, surgically. Lorraine’s case has now been shifted to Dr. Theresa Obr, internal medicine specialist at EIVSC. We had a recheck appointment last week with Dr. Obr and things are looking good. Her sutures were removed and this puppy, though 20 lbs underweight, should start a slow weight gain. Lorraine is in foster care through our friends at Last Hope Animal Rescue and Shannon Studt who also works at EIVSC. Lorraine has minimal regurgitation and the hope is this will continue to lessen. She remains on medications that assist her GI tract in speeding the movement of food from her stomach into her intestines as well as meds to assist with reflux of food from her tummy into her esophagus.
Lorraine will need many weeks of monitoring as the doctors do not know the cause of the adhesions. Because of this, they also don’t know if they will reform, invoking another surgery. Time will tell. Please keep Lorraine in your thoughts and we thank all of you for supporting the effort underway to save her life. No road worth traveling is ever smooth and straight. We always encounter bumps along the way. Please continue to help us share her story of survival. This puppy now feels great and is full of energy! Just as it should be. She is pictured here with Dr. Obr at her appointment at EIVSC last Thursday! Thank you all!
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Puppy Lorraine Update Sat. 2/16/19 at 7pm.

Lorraine has now gone over 48 hours without regurgitation. This is a big deal for her. She is about 25 pounds underweight and her appetite is voracious through no fault of her own. With all of the adhesions of her internal organs pulling and tugging her G.I. system out of place, there is no wonder that she could not get nutrition into her stomach and pass that on into her small intestines for absorption. When food did hit her stomach, the pylorus was thickened with scar tissue and pulled out of position. What little food could make its way through that pyloric valve to the small intestines was very limited. What couldn’t get through, she regurgitated back up. Lorraine‘s surgery this past week was a big one and her incision is enormous. She appears to be feeling much better. I stopped and visited her last evening. She initially barked at me in a very inquisitive way and then I sat down on the floor with some treats. I had to be careful because she’s so hungry that she just wants to grab anything out in front of her, including fingers! Before I knew it, this cutie pie was sitting on my lap sticking her tongue in my nose! Friends for life! There is a possibility that she might be released from the Vet Specialty Center tomorrow and we will keep you all posted. This will be a long process with Lorraine as our biggest fear is if these adhesions reform gradually causing the same issues. That will require Lorraine to stay in our medical system for quite some time to come. Dr Aper spayed her during her surgery, so our hope is that she will be done with surgery, at least for now! Thank you all for sharing her story and we ask you to please continue to do so. Lorraine‘s medical bills are extremely large due to a big surgery and many days in critical care. We will also be caring for her in the weeks and months to come. We thank you for your ongoing donations which will be applied directly to her medical bill at the veterinary specialty center in Cedar Rapids and for taking the time to read her story and send us your good wishes. It means the world to our organization into this puppy that has been fighting for her life. More to come on Lorraine. We look forward to the day when we can say our prayers have been answered for her.❤️
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Puppy Lorraine Update Thurs. Feb. 14th at 8:30pm.

Little Lorraine had a really rough rough night on Wed. After this enormous surgery, she again started to regurgitate anything that was in her stomach. The great staff at Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Center had their hands full. In speaking with the doctors today, they feel that this additional regurgitation is due to the gross misalignment of this puppies GI tract due to the adhesions that pulled so many of her organ systems together and out of position. It will take time for her GI system to adapt and the hope is that over time, the inflammation that has been caused from this strange condition will begin to lessen. The doctors added in another medication called metoclopramide which can assist GI motility. Lorraine lacks normal peristalsis (the muscular wave action that moves food through the GI system) potentially in her esophagus, stomach and portions of her small intestine. Time will tell how she will heal. The great staff at EIVSC are watching her closely for further complications. This will be a very intensive recovery for this sweet baby girl. We are hoping for the best and will be with her every step of the way! We thank you for your donations and well wishes as we travel this road with her. We ask that you help us share her story as we work to offset this big financial burden. All donations will be applied directly to Lorraine’s account at EIVSC. More to come on her struggle to be well❤️
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