This is Carmel, a 4 month old mixed puppy who worked very hard to come into this world. His mother was in labor for several hours before finally giving birth to Carmel and six other healthy and playful puppies. With posts and pictures up on Facebook and Pope County Swap, the puppies began to quickly find homes but Mrs. Escovedo, Carmel’s owner, noticed that Carmel was starting to show signs of depression at the loss of his litter mates. He was eating less and showing no interest in his once favorite game of tug-o-war.
Mrs. Escovedo grew even more concerned when Carmel started to lose weight and one day, Carmel stopped eating. Offering everything from chicken to peanut butter, Carmel would refuse to eat and seemed to feel even worse than the previous days.
Knowing that something more serious was happening than just depression at the loss of his litter mates, Mrs. Escovedo brought him in immediately to see Dr. Smith at Parkway Animal Hospital. After some diagnostic tests and x-rays, Dr. Smith discovered that there was a foreign body in little Carmel’s intestine which was keeping the puppy from being able to eat and also was causing him a great deal of pain.
Lethargic and weak, there was no time to spare and with the owners permission, Carmel was immediately taken into surgery where several, large pieces of a woven leash as well as smaller bits of plastic were removed from three different sections of the puppy’s intestine. Carmel is currently undergoing care at Dr. Smith’s hospital and everyone is optimistic for his recovery.
Unfortunately, Mrs. Escovedo’s husband is undergoing surgery in a few days and the unexpected costs of Carmel’s emergency care has put a financial strain on the family. We are reaching out and asking for any help you can give in covering the costs of Carmel’s expenses so this little guy can get better and find the forever home he deserves… and Mr. Escovedo can undergo his surgery without worry over financial troubles. The estimated fees for the surgery and intensive care for Carmel come to around $1250, this covering his surgery, medications, hospitalization and monitoring. Even though the family has not decided to keep Carmel permanently, they still want to do everything that they can to make sure he is happy and healthy and we want to help out such devoted pet owners any way we can.
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UPDATE 02/26/14 – So far we have received $150 toward Carmel’s medical expenses. We still have another $1100 to go.