Help Sought for Medical Expenses and Puppy Care – Times-Standard
Sequoia Humane Society staff knew something was wrong with three little puppies several days after arriving at No-Kill Shelter in Eureka.
Autumn, Bailee and Loki – born in December 2020 – came to Sequoia Humane Society on February 18, 2021, from Hoopa.
“We noticed that they had health issues around the third day after arriving here as they continued to regurgitate their food,” said Tara Cervantes, Sequoia Humane Society volunteer office manager / coordinator.
The puppies were quickly diagnosed with a megaesophagus, a disorder in which the esophagus loses its ability to contract and move food and fluid around the stomach, causing regurgitation.
“The overall treatment is focused on managing symptoms by preventing regurgitation and allowing food to move through the gastrointestinal tract in order to be digested,” Cervantes said. “They will need to be fed in an upright position while eating, and then for at least 15 minutes after eating. Adopters can order chairs made for dogs with this condition and the chairs are called Bailey chairs. They are like high chairs for dogs. They may need follow-up veterinary care and / or medication. “
She added, “(Dogs) will be healthy as long as they are fed properly. They will need to be fed this way for the rest of their lives.
Fall and Loki were recently adopted, she noted. Bailee – a cheerful female Jack Russell Terrier mix – is still waiting to find her new family.
“Bailee loves cuddles… really loves to relax,” Cervantes said. “… We are looking for a home for her forever that will be a good match with everything she will need to move forward.”
Sequoia Humane Society raised funds via social media to help cover the costs of veterinary care for the three puppies, blood tests, special tests and extra staff time to feed the young dogs.
“Since Bailee is still there, she may need some follow-up vet care and the kennel staff are still feeding her. It takes about an hour for a staff member to feed Bailee and keep her sitting upright, so she can hold onto her food, ”Cervantes said.
People can donate through the Shelter Medical Fund by going to sequoiahumane.org and by clicking on the “donate” link.
“They can use the Shelter Medical Fund page to donate for any medical needs of our animals,” she said. “People can also call the shelter to donate over the phone or mail a donation to the shelter.” (The address of The Sequoia Humane Society is 6073 Loma Ave., Eureka, CA 95503.)
Right now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sequoia Humane Society is only open by appointment. For more information and to see all the cats and dogs looking for loving and permanent homes, visit https://sequoiahumane.org, or call Sequoia Humane Society at 707-442-1782.