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This is Petey. He was rescued from Animal Services last Wednesday the 30th of November. While this pup is only about 4-5 years old, he has several medical issues. When poor Petey was examined for a perineal hernia, his bladder became entangled in the hernia, unbeknownst to the veterinarian. The problem was not discovered until his bladder filled up and he had to be rushed to the Emergency Vet for emergency treatment.


Petey will remain hospitalized until he is stable enough for surgery to repair his perineal hernia. His current veterinarian is worried about "tissue death" from the hernia strangulation and air exposure. He has a urinary catheter in place until the surgery to keep his bladder empty and out of entanglement with the hernia.


His upcoming surgery is very involved, as it will need to repair the hernia after freeing any attached organs, etc. On top of that, he has a tumor in his scrotum so his neuter will involve either removal of the entire scrotum or removal of the tumor plus the actual neuter.


Petey is a really sick guy and his medical care is expected to exceed $3,000.00. He needs a lot of prayers, along with the financial support.

After surgery and release from the hospital, Petey will need a foster who can provide the absolute BEST care for his recovery. Things can go either way for this poor sick baby, so please help us to help him.

December 5, 2016

While the vet was getting Petey ready for surgery today they noticed that he had spiked a fever. They took X-rays which showed Petey has developed pneumonia in his right lung which they are treating aggressively. They hope Petey will be well enough for surgery on Thursday.

December 12, 2016

Well, some things just don't go as planned. Little Petey must have been uncomfortable and managed to tangle his urinary catheter up with his IV, so both had to be removed. The IV was restarted, and the catheter repositioned, but the surgery had to go forward immediately, even though the pneumonia wasn't fully cleared.

The surgery went as well as could be expected, but was long and grueling, 3 1/2 hrs. to be exact. The large tumor in the scrotum was fully excised and will be sent out to the lab for analysis. The big surprise was that there was another very large tumor found inside the abdominal cavity. This was what was pushing all of his organs out of place, and was actually the cause of the perianal swelling and herniation. It was wrapped around everything, and was the reason that the surgery took so long. This tumor is also being sent out for analysis.


After a long, hard surgery, Petey was placed in an incubator to better control his body temperature and oxygen, and morphine was added to his IV to keep him comfortable and a bit groggy so that he wouldn't dislodge his IV again. He no longer needed the urinary catheter and dye was used to flush the bladder and an X-ray taken to make sure that the bladder didn't have any leakage. The fear was that the second tumor, that was strangling the bladder, had actually grown right through the bladder wall. This was found not to be so; everything was intact and leak free.

After all of this, poor Petey's appetite was totally gone! After two days of needing to be force-fed, the vet was able to discontinue one of his antibiotics. His fever was now down completely and brought Petey some chicken from home. The chicken worked perfectly, and he is now eating on his own. Within the next day or so he should be able to transfer to a critical care foster home close to the vet clinic to complete his recovery.


January 9, 2017

Petey's surgery was extensive and quite painful. It was several days before his lactulose (a laxative was needed to keep his stool soft so that he wouldn't be straining - the last thing he needed was a prolapse - could be decreased to a dose which kept the stool soft, but firm enough for him to maintain control of his movements. He was released to his critical care foster where his appetite continued to improve, and he started to finally gain some strength.


His sutures remained in place for a full two weeks, during which it became harder and harder to keep this quickly recovering young Boston inactive! To celebrate New Year's, Petey's sutures were finally removed and he was transferred to a regular foster home to complete his recovery. What fun for Petey. He could finally play with the other dogs and begin to enjoy life. His recovery will still take time. He will need to be weaned off of the lactulose slowly, to avoid any straining until the Vet feels that the danger of prolapse is past.

Petey would like to say, "thank you" to everyone who stepped up to help him with physical, financial, and spiritual donations. We will of course, let you know how his journey is progressing. Happy New Year and thanks again!

We will keep you up-dated throughout the recovery process. Thank you all for your prayers and financial support for Petey. It couldn't be accomplished without you.

February 17, 2017

We were very relived to receive the results of the analysis of the tumors in Petey's scrotum and abdomen. Even though the tumor in his scrotum proved to be cancerous it was totally encased, with no further spread. His scrotum was removed since so much damage had occurred and also as a precautionary measure. The suspected tumor in Petey's abdomen turned out to be a large lump of necrotic tissue, dead tissue due to his condition and the long delay in his treatment.


Petey's vet is very pleased with his progress and is extremely optimistic about his having a normal life. He has another month or so on stool softeners to make absolutely certain that he is throughly healed internally.

We are also happy to report that all external healing is complete and he is now able to run, jump, and play like any young Boston does.


He will soon be ready for adoption thanks to the wonderfully skilled surgeon and some very special people who cared enough to give Petey the opportunity for life.

April 2, 2017

Petey has now been given a clean bill of health by his veterinarian! He has successfully finished his medical treatment and full course of medication and is eagerly awaiting adoption.

April 17, 2017

Just when it seemed all was going well with Petey, his foster mom noticed that everything he sat on was left a bit damp, so she took him back to the vet to investigate. An ultrasound found nothing, nonetheless, he was leaking urine. Obviously, something was wrong and required further attention. The vet started him on Proin (Phenylpropanolamine or PPA) in hopes that the hormone will help strengthen Petey's urinary bladder sphincter muscles. We hope that will do the job, but it will take about 4-6 weeks to see if the medication will do the job.


In light of recent events, Petey is, unfortunately, not ready for adoption at this time.
We will keep you updated on Petey's health. If you are interested in adopting Petey, please fill out an application and we will inform you when Petey is ready for adoption.

June 9, 2017

Petey has now been on his PPA medication for almost two months and is showing improvement. However, the vet suggests Petey remain on the medicine for another month at which time Petey will be slowly weaned off the medication. It is our hope that his bladder sphincter muscles will have fully recovered by that time. We'll keep you informed of his progress.

Please contact BTRN if you are interested in adopting Petey. You can fill out an adoption form here.

Thank you for your support of sweet Petey

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