We have some extremely sad and very unexpected news to share. Little Ollie died suddenly today, 17 October 2022. We rescued him at 4 months old after he got hit by a car that left him lying on the side of the road. His leg was fractured too severely to heal so we had to wait for him to get a bit older to amputate his leg.
He was always SO happy and pleased to see us. He never let his disability get in the way of playing with the other dogs. You can see his profile here.
He had his amputation on Friday 14 October and the surgery went really well. Prior to surgery we did full blood tests which showed everything was normal and he was very healthy. After the surgery he was lively, eating and had no diarrhoea or vomiting and no infection at the surgery site.
Then on Sunday evening he started to get lethargic and wouldn't eat his dinner so night staff monitored him closely. The next morning we did blood tests which showed his kidney function had rapidly deteriorated - but this was strange as there were none of the obvious signs of kidney failure.
We took him straight to Animal Wellness so that we could get him thoroughly tested but there was no vet available until the afternoon so we took him back to the Sanctuary. On the drive back, Ollie had a seizure. We tried to do CPR in the van and all the way back Alvin did mouth to mouth resuscitation and chest compressions. We called Doc Pierre and he rushed to the Sanctuary to meet us.
We gave him first aid, oxygen, etc. but he never regained consciousness. We have no idea exactly what happened - but it's likely that he had a reaction to the anaesthesia which shut down his organs. The deterioration was so rapid that we can't find anything else to explain it. Ollie had an adopter waiting for him after he had healed from his surgery - he was so close to living his best life. Ollie was such a special little boy.
It really is a tragedy that we couldn't have foreseen. Thank you to his sponsor Nanette, for all the love and care she sent his way over the last few months
We are so sorry that we lost you Ollie. At least we know the last 4 months at the Sanctuary were very happy times for you. You were such a good boy and we loved you very much. Here is a video of him playing with Shaun, to remind us that he had a happy, but short life