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Poco Childress

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C'mon angels, Poco is getting close to getting all funds needed for the dental. Please help Poco if u can-he looks so cute, and must be in some pain with the rotten teeth.

Please help Poco and his mom feel better!!!

Thanks angels-u are wonderful!

Hugs to Poco,

Cindy

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Yes, he is in pain, and whimpers sometimes, or cries out. He is not able to tolerate the Turbutrol pain medicine yet, because of the bacteria infection not only localized in his mouth, but traveled to his intestines, and the Turbutrol is very hard on the tummy. The vet called and asked how he was doing, and requested that I call this week to talk to them before giving him the pain medicine that I requested for him. I hate to see him in pain, and I will definitely give you all an update once I am able to give him some medicine for pain.

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Maybe you could call the vet in the morning and ask about a different pain medication for him. Even doggie aspirin might help (they make specific aspirin for dogs) or something else that will not upset his tummy. The vet should be able to do something to relieve his pain until he is strong enough for surgery.

Does he seem as though he is gaining back any of the lost weight?

Pat - IMOM

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Can Poco wear a transdermal pain patch? Please be sure to call the vet as requested, because you have to be very careful about crossing certain drugs with each other. The pain meds, if not the correct ones, can negate the effectiveness of the antibiotic.

Angels, a full force burst of donations will get this little guy to AFR. We are talking life threatening pain. Please help if you can.

Paula

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Poco DOES seem to have gained a little bit of weight back. Amazing how, in such a little guy, that even a few oz. makes a difference. Because I have to check his hyrdation in his neck every day of his life, this is also where I can feel the difference in his weight. I called the vet this morning because he has not had a bowel movement in days, and to talk about the pain meds. Apparently when he received injections at the vet the first 2 visits, one of the meds they gave him was for the bloody diahrea. So, today I need to begin giving him a 1/4 tsp of olive oil in his food to see if I can get a bowel movement out of him in the next 24 hours. No pain medication approved yet, because it can cause constipation. Off to give him a lick or two of olive oil....

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I know Poco is going to feel much better once his teeth have been taken care of. Is there a fund update for this morning?

We just need a little more IMOM MAGIC to make it happen for Poco.

Hang in there Poco. Help is on the way

Kathy

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I found one of his teeth on the floor!! GASP! I am sickened to my stomach. Please ANGELS, he needs you. He wont let me see in his mouth, but I tearfully left a message for the doc. This is my second message left while crying. I do not have children, and he is my baby boy.

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I hope POCO will be able to go the doctor soon. How close is he right now?

Angels, bad teeth can affect every part of the body, including the heart. Please check your sofas for change- even a dollar a will help. POCO needs your help now so he can have a happy life with his loving family.

Thank you!

Kathy

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I know money is tight for everyone right now but Poco isn't looking for one huge donation. He needs $234 to reach all funds raised. Kathy is right, it's time to hit the sofa cushions, laundry room, car floor, purses and change jars so we can all combine our change and make it happen for this little guy.

$1.00 from 234 angels

$2.00 from 117 angels

$3.00 from 78 angels

$4.00 from 58.5 angels (I don't know who the 1/2 person is, maybe a kid?)

$5.00 from 46.8 angels (see above for the ".8")

See, it's doable - we could use "found" change, maybe pack a lunch instead of buying one day, or donate money that would have been spent at a coffee shop, or maybe pass on a candy bar and donate the money saved to Poco???? Any amount you can send will help him reach all funds raised so when the vet feels he is strong enough to survive the anesthesia he can have his surgery. Thanks for all you do for our pets in need.

Pat - IMOM

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OK... things are "moving along" and the olive oil worked for Poco. He did his business! :)

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Is he constipated? We have good luck with beech nut pumpkin squash- if he won't eat it, mix in a little water and syringe it in a little bit at at time. Give it a little bit at a time so you don't give him the opposite problem.

Hang in there- almost there

Kathy

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hi angels. yes, poco is constipated. wrote an update about it, but it must not have posted. He had not gone in days, so yesterday I started giving him a 1/4 tsp of olive oil, and it worked within hours. He is not able to take any pain meds yet because of the constipation. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS MADE A DONATION IN POCO's NAME TO HELP HIM GET HIS TEETH FIXED!! I know it is end of month, and if anyone/everyone can spare jsut a few bucks to help finish off this fundraising at the first of the month, I can get him back to the vet for his surgery!! He has been a real trooper, and it is amazing how stoic they try to be. He isnt eating great, but I am feeding him food and water with a syringe to help supplement what he wont he in kibble.

Hugs from me and licks from Poco,

Lisa

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Hi

Checking in on Poco to see if he is any closer?

Poco's Mom-check on the IMOM links for the American Humane- I think they do grants up to $500- maybe they would help with the last money needed.

Good luck

Kathy

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Poco currently has $459 in his account. He only needs an additional $125 to reach all funds raised! Woo Hoo!

Lisa, have you contacted UAN yet? They often donate $100 for treatment if the pet is already neutered, which Poco is, so that is another possibility. Also, you could try some of the fundraising tips listed on the thread in the community forum. It is really troubling that Poco is not being given any pain meds, I'd call the vet and ask for something. Maybe she can give him a shot or something that won't upset his tummy.

Also, ask your vet about giving him a teaspoon of plain (not seasoned) canned pumpkin with his meals twice a day. With vet approval (to ensure there isn't something else going on) it's a great source of fiber that keeps stools moving. If a pup has loose stools, I give them pumpkin, if they are constipated, I give them pumpkin. If your vet approves, it is a very safe and low cost way to keep him regular without straining.

Pat - IMOM

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Hi Pat! Thanks for the update. UAN? What is that? I am not familiar. I have started selling some things on ebay to raise money for him. Also reaching out to everyone I know, and promoting his imom link on facebook, twitter, myspace, and everywhere and with everyone I can. I have tried plain canned pumpkin before, and unfortunately he wont eat it. He is extrememly selective. It is always very hard to get him to eat any food and drink any water. So that is why he is now getting 1/4 tsp of olive oil in his food or through a syringe. As a last resort, if that didnt work like it did, I could always keep the pumpkin option in mind and force feed him watered down pumpkin through a syringe, but so far the olive oil is working. I did talk to the vet about pain meds, but because the bacterial infection localized in his intestines, liver and kidneys, she would not allow pain meds right now because of the affects they have on intestines, liver and kidneys...so she is treating the infection to eliminate the pain. Thank you for all your comments and questions. THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR DONATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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If you go to the links section, there is one for United American Humane-they do smaller grants- up to 500 ---and often will help with that last 100 or so if other money has been raised.

Kathy

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Fund update: Poco has $559 in his account! Thank you so much angels! I am always amazed at how the IMOM community comes together to help the pets in need. Only $25 to go to reach all funds raised. . . .

Let's look in those sofa cushions, jacket pockets and floor of the car, maybe we can find $25 to get Poco to surgery.

Thank you to all of our wonderful donors who have helped him get this far.

Pat - IMOM

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I have not been able to access the site for 2 days, and am so happy when I was able to get on this morning to see all the donations that have come in from the imom angels for poco's care. thank you all so much. I am humbled and Poco and I are blessed to have received your donations and support. He is getting stronger every day, and I hope to be able to schedule his lifesaving surgery soon. Without the support of imom for his treatment and now for his surgery, we would no longer have each other and during this difficult time in my life and the challenges I am facing after being layed off, and losing my home, I couldnt bear to lose him. So, while I cannot thank each and everyone of you individually, please know that I think about you, and thank you. I have never before needed, nor received any kind of assistance like this. I feel incredible love and compassion from people I dont even know, and it has touched my life more than I am able to find the words to express. Once Pocos surgery is completed and I pay for his remaining unpaid balance, whenever I am able to give back to others, even if it is found laundry money, or as little as $5, I am now a part of the imom angel family. You have changed my life, and my heart is lifted because of each and every one of you.

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This morning there was a beautiful full Rainbow over the lake. I know it was all the Angels at the bridge shining down on POCO letting him know that he would soon be at AFR and on his way to feeling wonderful again.

Look what happens when everyone gives what they can!

Kathy

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This morning when I got up, there were butterflies in my back yard, and I also believe the angels were sent to watch out over Poco and sending a message through the butterflies that Poco is going to be ok, because of all of you.

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Thank you for the information from the United Humane... Sadly Poco does not qualify for the $100 that I need to somehow come up with, because their policy is they will not provide assistance if: "The injury/illness could have been prevented through standard routine care." I feel the need to express that poco is a "teacup chihuahua", and I wish there were regulations to control bad breeders who breed for this. No one should ever buy a tiny chihuahua. The health problems are horrendous. Because he only weighs 3 pounds, he has been unable to receive dental cleaning because I was advised that he is too high of a risk and mostly likely would not survive dental cleaning anesthesia. A neighbor of mines teacup yorkie did not survive dental cleaning anesthesia. He is not even able to tolerate annual immunizations, so he is an indoor dog. I wish I could tell people to stop buying "teacup" chihuahas so they are no longer bred. He has a very large molera, because of hydrocephalus, where excess fluid collects on his brain. He also suffers hypoglycemia. Because of his lack of desire to eat, he wont do treats and getting him to eat every day of his life is a chore. Most of his life he has eaten soft cesar dog food, until I finally was able, after 7 years, to transition him to to eat dry kibble about a year ago. It has been a daily investment in time and energy to make sure he has gotten nutrition and water. For these reasons, unbeknownst to me, his teeth became badly diseased. I am blessed that he has lived 8 years with me. About 5 years ago I was just told to take him home, and live a good quality of life, because he would not have a long life because of his lifelong health problems from bad breeding. His prognosis was grim. I have loved him with everything I have, and it is only because of my daily care of him like a baby that he is still alive. I have catered to his every need. I have never neglected him routine care, such as dental cleaning, I have simply tried to do what is best for him. In this country we need breeding regulation to control bogus marketing of unhealthy animals. This may not be the forum for this posting, but he has never been neglected and for all of you who have donated and given to him, please know that you did a really good thing for him, and I have always provided for him with unending care, love, attention and tried to make the best decisions I could for his survival. Risking his life for dental anesthesia was not a risk I was willing to take. THANK YOU EVERYONE and I hope I am not out of line with this posting. I wanted each of you to understand. Hugs from me, and licks from Poco.

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On a final note... I will definitely keep you updated on his recovery. Please continue prayers for his survival after the dental surgery when he is strong enough to under go it. All I/WE can do is pray he survives the surgery he is facing.

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