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Kyle imom

Sarah has pyometra, needs surgery ASAP

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I noticed he was on the forum awhile ago, but now he is gone. Maybe he is having problems posting.

I hope Sarah is OK.

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Now I"m wondering what is going on...waiting is the hard part...makes you so nervous...Judy

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Greetings from the Malicoat household to all you wonderful, great, extraordinary, amazing, astonishing, astounding, awe-inspiring, awesome, brilliant, cool, dynamite, excellent, fabulous, incredible, magnificent, marvelous, outstanding, remarkable, sensational, stupendous, super, superb, terrific and tremendous people!!

It's 8:15PM here in our neck of the woods. I'm so sorry I haven't posted sooner but I just woke up from getting just a few hours of sleep after being up for almost 30 hours straight. However that's not a regret because it was well worth it.

While I was sleeping, Stephanie heard from the vet around 5:00PM. First of all let me say that Sarah has made it through the surgery and is currently stable. Dr. Chalker actually said she did very well. They opened her up and then sewed up the uterus like a ball to prevent any fluid from coming out. They pulled out the uterus and there were no lacerations or anything, so therefore nothing had drained out. Thank God! Now here's the kicker. Normally, the entire uterus in a 40-pound dog will weigh two to four ounces. Sarah's uterus weighed almost 8.5 lbs. Now before anyone starts thinking that it's because we waited so long is why it got so big, I want you all to know that we would never do that. It has been in the last 2 days that she tremendously increased in size. That's why we were so worried that she wouldn't make it to surgery. But I digress. They flushed everything out with saline then an antibiotic. It took 125 stitches inside and out to sew her back up. She'll have to have 25 of those removed because they are not self dissolving. She's out of surgery and they are keeping her pretty much sedated and they are giving her pain meds. She's under 24 hour observation during recovery and most likely will not get to come home until Thursday or Friday. Were not quite out of the woods completely but thanks to God and all you wonderful people, were definitely almost to the clearing. One of the nurses took a picture of her uterus and said she would give me a copy to post online. And of course, we'll take some more pics of the entire recovery and post for all to see during my updates.

I would like to quote to you from a book that is very near and dear to my heart...the bible. I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers . (Ephesians 1:16) I just want each and every one of you to know how true that is for us. We will always remember this for the rest of our lives and in our prayers we will be giving thanks for all of you every time. Somehow, someway you will all be blessed for this. As I said before, in the future we will continue to be here for anyone that needs us. Thank you so much!!

By the way, if I've failed to thank anyone personally, I sincerely apologize for overlooking you.

More updates to follow so stay tuned.

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Oh what wonderful news. All of us aunties worry so much, but I am glad u got some much needed sleep.

Sarah's story will help others realize the importance of spaying. I am so thankful that she made it through surgery without any major complications.

Get some more sleep-u have done all u can at this point, so getting ur rest is important. The hospital will take over her care for now.

I know Sarah is having sweet dreams tonight.

Cindy

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Praying Sarah has a restful night. It sounds like it was a very close call.

Your description of her abdomen suddenly blowing up shows just how important this spay was.

That sudden blow up of the abdomen is exactly how my friend's Ovarian Cancer stage 3C presented itself. Let's hope our experiences will help to save other dogs, cats, and people too. We need to spread the word.

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I'll pass on the Biblical thanks ;) but knowing that Sarah got treated and has a good chance at recovery is thanks enough!

8.5 lbs...... that's a LOT of infection. Please thank the vet tech for taking a photo that can be shared with others because I truly think that people don't "get it" when you just talk about "uterine infection." They need to SEE what this condition does to a female dog or cat.

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Prowling around again ... step by step ... the donors at IMOM move so fast it's like I'm moving in slow motion. Do I need to say it? You all raced to AFR without me again. Shucks. I like how Sarah talks in English bubbles, so I'm sending my little donation in her honor to the general fund. Get well soon, Sarah. Well, gotta go, I think I see a Brinks truck outside.

Best wishes,

Mike, angel Guy, and Lola

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Matthew...I am so happy to read that the surgery seemed to have been a success...really looking forward to seeing an update today that Sarah is doing beautifully in recovery...I am sure that today is a little rough for her, she went through a lot...

If she has to stay a couple of more days...why don't you bring her a towel or a tee shirt with your scents on it...that way she'll know her family is with her while is away...Judy

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Praying Sarah has a restful night. It sounds like it was a very close call.

Your description of her abdomen suddenly blowing up shows just how important this spay was.

That sudden blow up of the abdomen is exactly how my friend's Ovarian Cancer stage 3C presented itself. Let's hope our experiences will help to save other dogs, cats, and people too. We need to spread the word.

Thanks CatPaws. I can't tell you how many people we've already told Sarah's story to and they've said, "I didn't know that could happen".

Prowling around again ... step by step ... the donors at IMOM move so fast it's like I'm moving in slow motion. Do I need to say it? You all raced to AFR without me again. Shucks. I like how Sarah talks in English bubbles, so I'm sending my little donation in her honor to the general fund. Get well soon, Sarah. Well, gotta go, I think I see a Brinks truck outside.

Best wishes,

Mike, angel Guy, and Lola

Thank you so much Mike!! With my luck if I robbed a Brinks truck they would be on their way back to station and it would be empty. LOL

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Hi everyone,

Called about Sarah this morning and they said she was alert but still very groggy. They said she is eating and drinking. She does have a slight temperature but they said that can be expected. We're going down to see her around 6 or 7 tonight. After I get home I'll post another update.

Judy that's a great idea. I was thinking of doing that because I read on here on one of the threads that they left a bandanna with their dog. So were probably going to take something of Stephanie's for her.

Talk to you all later.

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Hello everyone,

It's a little after midnight and we just got home or I would've posted earlier. We went to see Sarah tonight then we went to see my oldest son Ryan because he was in a horrrible accident this morning. He flipped his truck several times and it landed on it's roof and then caught fire. He was able to get out though. One thing after another isn't it.

Anyway, Sarah is doing wonderful!!! Before we even got there we called a second time too see how she was doing and they said she got up and was walking under her own power. We walked in to where she was and she perked right up and stood up. They let her come out of the cage but she still has an IV hooked up so she couldn't go far or she would pull it out. She kept trying to get past us by laying on her stomach and scooting and we kept having to hold her back. She wanted to leave! We brought her a bandanna and tied it around her with Stephanie's scent all over it. Dr Chalker, the vet, wasn't there but the nurse that assisted her was and she was the one that took us back. She's so nice. She's the one who took the picture below. Hopefully she gets to come home tomorrow. The house seems so empty without her here. All of this would've never been possible if it wasn't for your kind hearts. We can't thank you enough. We told the story at our church and everyone was touched and a lot of them started crying.

Here are some of the pictures we took tonight, all except for the first one, which is for comparison. Click for a larger image.

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(starting from the back - L to R - Nathan, Stephanie, Sarah & Jacob :banana:)

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(L to R - Stephanie, Sarah & Charlotte the nurse)

Talk to everyone tomorrow. Have a good night and day!!

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That uterus is ENORMOUS. Poor girl, she must have been in a lot of pain. And it's not surprising that she's running a fever, given the amount of infection in her body. She's going to feel so much better after a few more days of internal healing.

It's good to know that Sarah is in caring hands (they're veterinary technicians, not nurses), but I'm sure she'd rather be home. So we'll cross our fingers that she will be back with your family soon.

Hope your son recovers well also.

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That uterus is ENORMOUS. Poor girl, she must have been in a lot of pain. And it's not surprising that she's running a fever, given the amount of infection in her body. She's going to feel so much better after a few more days of internal healing.

It's good to know that Sarah is in caring hands (they're veterinary technicians, not nurses), but I'm sure she'd rather be home. So we'll cross our fingers that she will be back with your family soon.

Hope your son recovers well also.

Yea, she's not running a fever at all anymore. She hasn't had a fever since this morning. They said she was walking around today and she kept trying to play with the cats. They said she's eating, drinking and barking. So she's doing really well. And SHE called herself Nurse Charlotte so that's what we call her nurse, out of respect, since she is viewing this forum and graciously allowed us to use her photo. I was a medic for over 10 years so I knew the technical term. We can't wait to go get her tomorrow.

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Sarah certainly is a momma's girl. I can't tell whether the relief that is so evident in her face is because she knows you came back for her, or because the pain has been eased. Great that she is doing so well. Super that her temperature returned to normal so quickly. With the size of that pus filled infection (formerly a uterus), it's amazing it has. GOOD JOB Doc and all the team, especially Charlotte, who obviously cares for her patient.

I'm happy Ryan was not seriously hurt in the accident. There are some things in life that can't be replaced.

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I'm so happy that Sarah has had successful surgery and will soon be home with her family.

Matthew, I am hopeful that you and your family will use this experience to help educate people about the importance of spay and neuter. Everyone knows there is a huge overpopulation of animals but not all know of the health risks for intact animals. pp_animal_568.gif

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WOW! From the look of it, Sarah had more angels then just the IMOM angels looking over her. It's just miraculous it didn't rupture.

I am so glad her temp is back down, and it's looking like she is getting back to being Sarah.

It's wonderful Stephanie and Sarah have the mother/daughter bond. It looks though like she loves everyone.

Thanks again IMOM angels!

Thanks to Charlotte, the veterinarian and all the staff-wonderful job to all!

Hugs to Sarah!

Cindy

P.S. I hope ur son heals quickly.

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Please thank the vet tech for taking a photo that can be shared with others because I truly think that people don't "get it" when you just talk about "uterine infection."

Again, thank you to Charlotte for not only taking good care of Sarah, but documenting what can happen to an unspayed female. A picture is worth 1,000 words.

Thank you also to the skilled veterinarian who navigated a difficult surgery. I wonder if Sarah's bladder could even be expressed before surgery, knowing that applying pressure in that area could cause the oversized uterus to rupture.

We're very glad to hear that Sarah is bouncing back quickly, esp. given her age. She's quite the girl!!

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I can't tell whether the relief that is so evident in her face is because she knows you came back for her, or because the pain has been eased. Great that she is doing so well.

Hi CatPaws. I'm thinking it's probably a little bit of both. We all feel so horrible that she had to go through this. If only we had known the health risk. It's not like were bad people, we just weren't informed or educated or however you want to say it. We thank God that most of the people here on IMOM have been very, very supportive, not only emotionally but also informatively, without making us feel like horrible people and that what has happened was not because of sheer neglect.

Matthew, I am hopeful that you and your family will use this experience to help educate people about the importance of spay and neuter. Everyone knows there is a huge overpopulation of animals but not all know of the health risks for intact animals.

Hi Jacki. My cousin works for a printing company and he is having 1,000 fliers made up (for a start) per our request using the pictures that I posted....FOR FREE!!! Isn't that great? He already gave us 100 and we've already distributed those to people in our church and also my other cousin owns a movie theater and he took 50 of them to put on display for hand out. He'll take more when we get the rest. We also have two more pastors in our family that are going to be taking some for their churches also. So, it's a start. Like I mentioned, if we had known the health risk this would have never happened.

UPDATE:

We called the vet and was going to go pick up Sarah today. However, Dr. Chalker called my wife and said that it was fine if we wanted to come and get Sarah today BUT she would like to keep her one more day. She said that Sarah is doing great so far but she wants to finish the IV bag that she is currently on and then do one more bag. Then after that she wants to run one last set of blood and urine test to make sure no infection is trying to set in. She wants to be very thorough because she doesn't want Sarah coming home and then getting a kidney infection or something else. We told her that was absolutely fine with us. Always better safe than sorry. Like they use to say when I was in the military years ago, "You check, then check again. And when your done re-checking, check one more time." We're all missing her but we want her to get the absolute best care and Dr. Chalker and Charlotte and all the rest of them seem to be doing an excellent job of making sure that happens.

I want to thank everyone who wished my son well. He's doing good. Just a cut on his arm. Here's what his truck looks like now. I'm awe struck just looking at these pictures that anyone could survive let alone walk away with only a cut on his arm! Thank God!

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WOW! From the look of it, Sarah had more angels then just the IMOM angels looking over her.

You took the words right out of my mouth k9sign.

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Hi Jacki. My cousin works for a printing company and he is having 1,000 fliers made up (for a start) per our request using the pictures that I posted....FOR FREE!!! Isn't that great? He already gave us 100 and we've already distributed those to people in our church and also my other cousin owns a movie theater and he took 50 of them to put on display for hand out. He'll take more when we get the rest. We also have two more pastors in our family that are going to be taking some for their churches also. So, it's a start. Like I mentioned, if we had known the health risk this would have never happened.

Fantastic!!! Ask Sarah's vet if they inform their clients of these dangers and if they don't, ask them if they will start. Maybe they can use your photos as well.

Think about it -- if only one person reads your flyer and takes your advice that is potentially one life you have saved.

Sarah is one of the lucky one's because it was caught in time for her to have life saving surgery.

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Matthew...congratulations on spreading the word about spay/neuter...it is SO IMPORTANT in so many ways...and it's a great way to carry forward things as a tribute to Sarah...

I am so glad that your son wasn't hurt in that accident...his truck is a mess...he was a very lucky boy...

It seems that you have a very caring vet...and you're right...Sarah is in the best place possible. And, it's best to double check about a possible infection...as they say it's better to be safe than sorry...

Sarah is one lucky girl...I am so glad she is going to get back home soon...Judy

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Guess what everbody. Our precious Sarah is now back home with us. She's acting like the dog she was before that ugly disease. I don't know where to begin. I feel like I'm at the Academy Awards and I want to thank everyone involved one by one. I honestly did try to thank everyone personally as we went along, so, if I missed someone I'm truly sorry. We can't thank all of you enough. Your personal commitment is incredibly touching.

Now they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. If that's so, then I guess a video is worth a million. Below is a short video of Sarah as she arrived home today for all of you to see.

Again, thank you to all you wonderful IMOM angels and everyone that donated!!!

Some of our family and friends are coming over to see Sarah tonight, so I'll post more after they have left.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pH5LUvtdnw

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That wag says it all. :pp_animal_568:

I'm so glad she is doing so well.

Hugs to Sarah!

Cindy

P.S. how did u get the video on here? I know u have it on Youtube , but then what did u do?

It took m a year to just post pics here with my Mac. LOL.

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That is just great to see Sarah doing so well. You can see she is so happy to be home. She is having to go visit everyone in turn. :)

I am so happy she was helped in time, and that everything worked out for her. She looks great, and it's nice to have some happy news.

Thank you for the video.

Judy G.

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Hi everyone,

Sorry I didn't get a chance to post yesterday. I've been very sick and ended up at my doctor. They're sending me for an MRI. But enough about me. Our sweet Sarah is doing wonderful!!! She's not only back to her normal; self, she seems to be have more energy than before and you can definitely see that she is very happy. A lot of our family and friends got to see her. She was so excited to see everyone. We love that she's back home and healing. The feeling of death hovering our home has moved on and it's all thanks to everyone of you. She has been licking her stitches on her stomach so Dr. Chalker told us to put a cone on her. We did put the cone on her but she can hardly maneuver with that thing on. She's keeps getting it caught on things and then she'll pull real hard and flip herself to the ground. So, we took it off and put a soft wrapping around her waist so she can't get to the stitches. Dr. Chalker said that would work as long as she doesn't get to them. So much more comfortable for her. She's been eating and drinking and actually is having normal bowel movements. Sometimes I can't believe she is still with us. We tell our story just about every chance we get and tell everyone about the IMOM Angels!! Soon as I'm feeling a little better I'm going to write my testimonial and I'll continue to keep everyone updated. Thank you all again and God bless.

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