Age: 1 Yr. Old
Adoption Fee: $700.00 (Plus Sales Tax)
Special Needs: no
Some days in rescue are especially memorable and life-changing. Today was one of those days.
Sugarloaf had been picked up as a stray and had a severe vaginal prolapse. The shelter notified us and allowed us to pull her so we could get her medical treatment ASAP.
She had to be carried to the Jeep and she slept most of the way to the clinic. Upon arrival, Dr. Larsen and her staff were ready to go to work on helping this sweet girl. They immediately prepped her for surgery.
They did her spay first and Dr. Larsen said she looked like she had recently had her first heat cycle. They worked for over an hour to correct the prolapse, but they could not get the vagina back past the pelvis. They removed about an inch of the vagina and stitched it back together and still could not get it back in position, in spite of a lot of forceful pushing. The staff coated it with sugar in an effort to reduce the inflammation (who knew?). We went through 2 pounds of sugar and one giant tube of lube.
It was finally decided to stitch her vulva closed except at the very bottom so she could urinate. This will give the vagina time to calm down and the swelling and inflammation to dissipate. They will try again on Thursday and it should be much easier. They followed up the surgery with a laser treatment.
Sugarloaf is estimated to be about a year old and seems so calm and sweet. We can’t wait for her to recover and see her full personality. As you can see from the pics, someone unfortunately cropped her ears. One is shorter than the other and a little more rounded. Imagine how much hell this poor girl has already gone through in her short life. And it’s just more reason to love her for all she has been through.
The vet clinic staff will take turns checking on her throughout the night and give us updates. We want to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and donations today to help out Sugarloaf. It was one of those unforgettable days in rescue.
P.S. Foster girl Teddy Bear rode with me today and was very interested in Sugarloaf after her surgery was over. She is concerned about her too!
2/17/20 Update: You can tell she is still weak, however. Her back legs are sore and don’t work as well as they should, but she’s eating well and enjoying brief walks. She shows more energy every day. Thank you all for helping her!