Feb 11, 2019

Helping Sweet Senior Edith Heal

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We have great news to share about Edith, a stray Shih Tzu found needing multiple surgeries and lots of care and compassion.

Thanks to the generosity of our community, we raised more than the $2,900 needed to help this sweet senior girl. Following an emergency spay procedure to remove a uterine infection, Edith was slow to recover but eventually was strong enough for surgery on her eyes. Since Edith was already blind, her severely swollen eyes were only causing her great pain.

Dr. Donnett, Maddie's Clinical Instructor of Shelter Medicine at DCHS, performed her eye surgery here at the shelter. He reports that the procedure was a success and Edith is recovering more quickly than after her first surgery.

Edith is now resting in a loving foster home until she'll return to DCHS for a much needed dental. Once we remove her many diseased teeth and alleviate the pain in her mouth, Edith will be that much closer to finding a new family.

Thank you for giving this loving girl the second chance she deserves.

Edith post eye surgery, healing in a loving foster home

$2,900 can support multiple surgeries and intensive care for a stray Shih Tzu.

When senior Shih Tzu Edith arrived at Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) after being found stray in Fitchburg, WI, we knew she was in need of immediate help. Edith was emaciated, hypothermic, dehydrated, severely matted and had blood in her stool. She was blind with both eyes covered in cuts, crust and debris.

Edith was in need of a lot of help, but after her initial exam and radiographs the most immediate concern became a pyometra, a uterine infection that can be life threatening and likely the cause of why she was so sick. Dr. Uri Donnett, Maddie’s Clinical Instructor of Shelter Medicine at DCHS, rushed Edith into surgery for an emergency spay procedure to remove the pyometra.

In order to closely monitor this very ill girl, Dr. Donnett brought her to his home to recover overnight. After 24 hours of antibiotics, syringe feeding and continued fluids, Edith was bright, alert, eating on her own and even starting to play with some toys!

This girl had a strong spirit, but we knew she still had a long road to recovery ahead of her. She would still require surgeries on her eyes and significant dental work.

Shortly after recovering from post-surgery anemia, Edith was strong enough to undergo her second procedure to remove both of her eyes. Since Edith was already blind, her severely swollen eyes were only causing her great pain. Dr. Donnett reports that the surgery was a success and Edith is resting and recovering.

Edith is now one step closer to being pain-free and ready for a new, loving home, but we need your help to support the life-saving procedures already performed and the remainder of her care. Edith will recover from her eye surgery in a foster home and, once strong enough, will return to DCHS for a dental surgery to remove many diseased teeth and alleviate the pain in her mouth.

Please help us raise $2,900 to cover Edith’s many medical costs and give this sweet senior the second chance she deserves.

You can also mail or drop off your donation at Dane County Humane Society’s main shelter (5132 Voges Road, Madison, WI 53718), with “Edith” in the subject line.

Any additional funds from Edith’s surgeries and follow-up care will be used to continue the work our Animal Medical Services does every day to provide high quality medical care to thousands of companion animals each year.

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