Thursday, February 14, 2008

Hours later, news on Dakota

If you did not have a chance to read my post from earlier today, I took Dakota to the vet this morning because her condition was not improving while staying with Colin and I. We didn't want to see her get worse before she got better. And now we know why Dakota is not up for frolicking in fields these days.

Terrible news...Dr. Ramos found several (7 to 8) broken ribs on Dakota's chest X-ray. The X-ray shows that these ribs are broken in such a way that they are digging into portions of her organs, including her lungs, hence her respiratory problems. As if that weren't enough, Dakota also has a hernia (seems like it is diaphragmatic), which explains her eating behaviors and loose stool. Long story short, Dakota is in a lot of pain.

I made an appointment at a veterinary surgeon referred to me by Dr. Ramos for tomorrow morning at 9. Dakota will be spending the night at the vet's office tonight so she can receive the necessary medical attention for her condition....though I wish we could just take her home and feed her chicken and cheese (the only thing she has been willing to eat at our apartment) all night. The surgical specialist will be able to tell me the extent of her internal damage and what options we have in terms of surgery and physical therapy. Yes, there is a possibility that Dakota would be better off being laid to rest...but we're staying hopeful and willing to do ANYTHING if it means she can eventually live a happy and pain-free life.

Right before I put Dakota in my car on the day of her rescue, Jan. 22, 2008

The cause of the 7 or 8 broken ribs??? Well, it's always hard to say with these satos, but Dr. Ramos believes these bones were most likely broken in the same incident that caused her past leg fracture. Considering the damage done, most likely her injuries were caused by being hit by a car or severely beaten some time ago (possible estimate of a year ago based on how her fractures have healed). She's held strong for so long, and we're not about to give up on her now.

Keep your thoughts on sweet Kota...

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