Using funds available through fundraising for the late Seth in March 2022, we rescued a very old dog and called him Salvador.
In light of the sad passing of Seth, we used the funds we raised to rescue poor Salvador, or Sal for short on 9 March 2022. After the usual intake tests - a distemper test, a 4dx test for parasites and heartworm, a CBC blood test and a full blood chemistry to check organ function - and surprisingly he came back clean.
He began to gain strength, and ate very well, which pleased us greatly. He had the wariness of an old street dog, but had a great appetite which was a really good sign.
In late March however, Salvador's stomach became enlarged so Doc Pierre did an ultrasound on him and discovered that he had something called Ascites - fluid in the abdomen. He drained the fluid and also we found out he has stones in his bladder. Ascites can be a result of many things, kidney failure, heart failure, liver failure.
We did a full blood panel but there was nothing in his blood tests to indicate either kidney or liver problems so we sent him to animal wellness for x-rays on his heart.
While he was there, Doc Gama did a thyroid test and we found out he has low thyroxine levels and also that he has a right sided heart condition and hypertension.
Salvador is a very old dog - at least 12 or 13 years old. A lot of what he is suffering is due to old age and life on the streets. We put him on all the necessary meds and for now he is comfortable.