The grant was used to fund the medical care for Shortcake, who initially presented with hind-end ataxia, decreased eye movement, a large mass, a lick granuloma, and vaginal hyperplasia. Shortcake was initially assessed by a veterinarian from Emancipet, who recommended further diagnostics. She was then seen at Philadelphia Animal Hospital, where an immediate spay and mass removal was recommended along with a neurology consult with a suggested MRI. Her spay and mass removal was done at Providence Animal Center. A University of Pennsylvania neurology consult led to an x-ray and recommendation for management and supportive care; at that time, her ataxia was beginning to resolve and it was determined that an MRI was not necessary. Throughout this period, she was also cared for by a licensed veterinary technician to monitor her care closely and ensure that she was being supported.
This grant allowed us to provide high-quality care for Shortcake and address her many medical concerns. She required care, diagnostics and procedures that would not otherwise have been possible.
Shortcake was initially brought to ACCT Philly by a good Samaritan; unfortunately, she was not in adoptable condition when we met her and required medical treatment. After multiple veterinary visits including a mass removal, x-ray, and neurology exam, Shortcake improved significantly and has been adopted into an amazing home where she is loved and spoiled. She was also able to visit a school for disadvantaged children to share her journey and provide therapeutic support.