American Black & Tan Coonhound Rescue, Inc.: Emergency Medical Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
To pay for a portion of the cost of removal of a dog's salivary gland after a salivary cystocele developed.
We had already paid for two surgeries to repair the salivary gland duct (total of $808.30), a more conservative approach than removing the entire gland. When it became clear that he would need a third surgery for approximately $1,200, your grant defrayed a portion of the cost. This grant, combined with donations, funded the third surgery.
How many pets did this grant help?
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
Otis is a young Plott hound boy who was pulled from a North Carolina [open-admission] shelter. Shortly after he arrived in his foster home, a large swelling on his jawline was noted. It was determined that one of his salivary glands had ruptured, causing the acidic saliva to pool in an internal pocket. Surgery would be required or he would have to be euthanized. After consulting with specialists at Tufts, the vet attempted to create a new duct to properly drain the saliva. This approach ultimately failed and a third surgery was required to remove the entire gland. This surgery was successful and he was adopted. Otis is now living happily in Massachusetts.