The emergency medical grant was used for a lifesaving surgery to remove a mass from Tessa’s abdomen.
This grant allowed Tessa to have the second surgery she needed while in our care at less than four months of age. She had what was described as a mass in her abdomen, and we were told she had little time.
Tessa came into our care after being hit by a car. She had a surgery to repair damages, and we thought she was on the road to recovery. A short while into her stay at her foster home, her foster mom noticed what we believed to be swelling in her abdomen. The foster mom was told by the vet who had performed Tessa’s first surgery that it was just swelling, and that she should hold a cool compress on Tessa’s abdomen.
A couple of days later, the foster mom took Tessa to get a second opinion. This vet put her on an antibiotic for the “swelling.” When she was not getting better, we decided it was time for a third opinion. This vet did an ultrasound and knew there was something in Tessa’s abdomen that needed immediate attention. She was rushed to the emergency vet clinic and had the large mass in her abdomen removed.
This poor girl endured so much in her first few months of life! Her foster mom nursed her back to health. During this time, Tessa bonded with foster sister, Harper. Harper was recovering from paralysis (we still do not know what caused the paralysis). The girls have since been adopted together and are living their best lives with their new mom and dad along with their new feline siblings! Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation for helping us give Tessa a second chance at life!