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Please pray for Rasmund...having risky surgery

I just got an e-mail from Rasmund's new mom...she is in emergency surgery and needs prayers.

Many of you will remember her from July of last year...the black shepherd with horrible mange and HW. Pulled from Elizabethtown, NC. Here is her original thread: Rasmund's Thread

Long story short, she was spayed a couple of months ago...had to wait for the inflamation following HW treatment to subside. Anyhow, there was a complication during the spay...the vet could only remove one ovary...the other one was embedded in muscle mass, and there was no way to determine what it was wrapped around. The vet did as complete a spay as possible, and removed everything else. No clue as to how it got imbedded in the muscle, although they speculated that it could have been from some sort of previous physical trauma.

Rasmund's new mom has been researching what alternative measures are possible to correct this, as Rasmund will continue to have heat cycles.

Apparently, Rasmund now has a tumor or pyometra in the uterine stump that remains. The vets are preparing for surgery now, I am waiting to hear how it goes.

Here is the info from the e-mail. Her new mom is an absolutely wonderful woman, and I know she wil do everything possible as she loves Rasmund (aka Abby) dearly.
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Quote: <span style='font-size: 11pt'>Abby would not eat this morning, was drinking a lot of water, pacing and urinating a lot. She has been picking at her food for days, but would eat. Last evening when she had refused both breakfast and dinner she did finally and eagerly eat the brown rice and poached egg prepared for her. This morning she would eat nothing, was disinterested in anything. I called the vet and rushed her in.

She has a 2.5 degree rise in temperature. The did a ultra sound on her stomach and found a 10 centimeter mass which they believe is Pyometra -- a puss filled mass at the remaining part of the uteres. Fortunately, very fortunately, the surgeon was in when I arrived. He asked me if/what trauma had happened in that part of her body (the ovary/stomach area. He explained that in all of the surgeries that he has done in the area he has never seen such a fiberous attachment to the stomach wall.

I explained that neither you nor I knew her early history. He is very sympathetic toward Abby and was visably angry that someone would have physically caused this.

Ras-Abby is on IV antibiotics and fluids and will have surgery sometime soon.

The mass must be removed or she will die.

Of course, I approved surgery. Further I gave the surgeon the latitude to do as an aggressive surgery that he would attempt to try to save his own dog and to put her down on the table if necessary. Both Dr. Pelkey and the surgeon agree that she has about a 50% chance. The tricky issue is that the ovary is right at the artery. It all depends on whether or not it can be removed along with all of the mass.</span>
Rasmund has such a wonderful spirit, and although she had a very rough start to her life, she has the most gentle and loving temperment. Please pray that she gets a chance to enjoy a full life with her new family.

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Re: Please pray for Rasmund...having risky surgery

hopefully her vet does laser surgery to reduce bleeding. fingers crossed!!!

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Re: Please pray for Rasmund...having risky surgery

Poor Rasmund. We're pulling for you sweet girl. Hang in there! Keep us posted Veronica.

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Sending prayers to Rasmund/Abby.

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Absolutely remember Rasmund/Abby - sending lots of positive thoughts for Abby and her family and VSnap!

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Thoughts and prayers out to Ras-Abby

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I remember her so well. Best wishes for a successful surgery. Please update us when you can.

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Oh no V, thoughts and prayers to her and you!!! Glad her mom got her to the ER!

Keep us posted...call me if you need anything!

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I am praying for you and sending good thoughts your way from me and from Rin-stay strong.
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Re: Please pray for Rasmund...having risky surgery

Please keep us up to date on what's going on-we are sending all of our healing energy to her. I don't know where in NC you are but I can certainly tell you if it weren't for NC State vets, my Rin would not be here now. I pray for the skill of your vet and for the strength you must show for her now.
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