Winston Churchill once stated that: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” With this in mind, our pets, who give so unconditionally – should live the best lives possible that we as humans can provide for them. Sadly for many, this often proves to be difficult when finances come into play. Such was the case with Laila and her family.
Little Laila, a teacup Chihuahua, was brought into Pet Emergency Center with a known metallic foreign body in her stomach. Laila needed to be hospitalized to receive a blood transfusion, stabilization, and an endoscopy with Sacramento Area Internal Medicine specialist Dr. Spann.
Laila’s family could not afford the emergent medical care she so desperately needed with her condition declining so rapidly. Her family felt they were left with no other option than to consider humane euthanasia. That is, until they got the news that the Chester Foundation was going to step up and help fund Laila’s treatment.
The Chester Foundation is a 501©3 nonprofit organization, with a mission to provide medical care for stray and disadvantaged pets. Because of this, Laila was able to receive the lifesaving care she so desperately needed.
An eroding penny was removed during the endoscopy, which was causing a buildup of zinc in her system. Laila received the supportive care she needed to survive from the zinc toxicity, which also caused painful oral ulcers making eating very difficult. Laila recovered beautifully, and was able to return to her extremely grateful family a few days later.
To learn more about the Chester Foundation, visit their website.