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SNORT Rescue: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This generous donation gave SNORT Rescue the ability to help one of our senior dogs, Rocco, who required surgery for bladder polyps and recurrent urinary tract infections.

This grant allowed us to get Rocco the care he needed (as described above) and prepare him for adoption. Once the surgery was performed, we saw Rocco's personality blossom because he was no longer in constant pain from the bladder polyps. Without the grant and surgery, Rocco would not have been adoptable.

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Rocco is a 9-year-old French bulldog/Pekingese mix who was surrendered to SNORT Rescue because he began marking in the house after the arrival of a new baby. Once Rocco was settled into his foster home, a vet visit and urinalysis concluded that calcium oxalate crystals were present in his urine. As it turns out, Rocco wasn’t misbehaving because of the new baby, but instead had a medical condition which was causing him to urinate frequently. An ultrasound of Rocco’s bladder revealed what appeared to be multiple stones. Because calcium oxalate stones are not able to be dissolved, Rocco was scheduled for a cystotomy, a procedure in which the bladder is surgically opened and cleaned out.

On April 21, 2016, Rocco underwent the cystotomy, but to the surprise of everyone, the “stones” which appeared on his ultrasound were not stones at all, but instead a string of grape-sized polyps! Thankfully, the polyps were not attached to the bladder wall, but instead were floating around freely and were able to be removed. Rocco’s surgeon said he had never seen anything like this before! The polyps were removed and sent for biopsy and Rocco’s bladder was cleaned. Because the procedure was more involved than originally planned, Rocco was transferred to a 24-hour hospital for monitoring.

Thankfully, this story has a happy ending. It turns out that Rocco had luck on his side and the polyps were not cancerous! Instead, his vet believes they were the result of chronic irritation of his bladder. With proper diet and regular check-ups, this is not a problem that is expected to return. Due to the generosity of the Petfinder Foundation, Rocco had surgery and recovered in his foster home. He has recently been adopted to a loving family that will dote on him for the rest of his life!

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