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Friends with Four Paws: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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

The money was used to pay for Coupe's surgery to remove a mass on his adrenal gland, in the hope it would help reduce his ailments.

We successfully raised the rest of the needed funds and moved forward with the procedure.

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Coupe, who is about 8 years old, was adopted from the Bethany shelter as a youngster and was was returned this year when his owner died. They called and asked us to take him to save him from euthanasia. We took him in, and right away we noticed he wasn’t well. We took him to the vet and learned he had pancreatitis and high kidney enzymes. He was then hospitalized on fluids to treat the pancreatitis and kidney enzymes, and started on the usual medications and special diet. We found a wonderful couple that was willing to adopt him after learning about his medical problems. Then he got sick again, on New Year’s Eve, and we ended up taking him to the E.R., where he spent the night on fluids, again. They also did an ultrasound since the doctor who does ultrasounds was the veterinarian that night. A mass was found on his left adrenal gland. The doctors believed this mass was causing his problems of recurrent pancreatitis as well as his kidney problems and his excessive shaking.

Coupe had the surgery to remove the mass from his adrenal gland in February. The mass was thankfully found to be benign. We have seen improvement in his health since the removal; he has not bounced back to full health like we’d hoped he would, but we are optimistic he will find an adopter soon who can continue to care for and love him despite his health issues.

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