One of our volunteers took them home to assess their condition, and yes Henry (his new name) was in trouble. Even though Henry was eating and drinking, he was very lethargic and when he got up, would walk aimlessly ending up in corners. He seemed a bit worse the following morning so he was taken to a veterinarian. It was found that his temperature was low so 50cc of warm fluids were given. Blood work revealed high liver enzymes. Henry was sent back to the sanctuary awaiting the results of a more complete bloodwork panel including further liver function tests.
The test results showed very high liver enzymes and increased bile acid values indicating that he most likely has a liver shunt, an abnormality he was born with. A liver shunt causes the blood to bypass the liver and so the blood is not filtered normally. The silver-lining is that this can be corrected. Henry will be seeing a specialist this Wednesday in Spokane. He will have an ultrasound and if indicated, he will go immediately into surgery for repair. He will not be alone, our shelter manager and his new foster parent will be there with him and will stay until surgery is over. Henry will certainly die if this abnormality is not corrected.
Henry is a sweet little guy and deserves to grow to have a loving forever home. You can see in his eyes that he wants nothing more than to play with his brother and sister, Hattie and Howie, but he can’t because he feels too bad. This surgery can give him a normal life.
Please everyone, keep positive thoughts for Henry on this Wednesday.
We will probably need to do a fundraiser for Henry, but we will not postpone his treatment waiting for funds. The surgery and medical care is likely to cost $1500 – $2000. We will let you know.