Suzie's story caught my eye around Christmas time last year. A volunteer at a shelter in Ontario, Canada, felt the little white dog wasn't getting the medical care she needed, and just a day or so before she was slated to be euthanized, she got her out of the shelter.
A group of us from all over the world -- including many of my readers here -- heard her story, and helped pay for what turned out to be a pretty expensive surgery for Suzie.
Jan, the volunteer, ended up adopting her permanently, and in the last few months, the story of how we saved Suzie has been in dozens of news stories in the US and Canada. Just this month I was flipping through "Healthy Pets," the magazine distributed through veterinary hospitals all over the country, and there was a little recap of her story! Our Suzie is famous.
Unfortunately, three days ago she injured her leg. Fearing a cruciate ligament injury, Jan took her to the vet, where Suzie had a bad reaction to some pain medication she was given there (or at least, that's the assumption at present). She's been hospitalized ever since. None of the local vet hospitals have any overnight staffing, all having agreed to send their patients to a central ER instead -- or leave them hospitalized without supervision all night, which is always completely unacceptable.
The first two nights Jan brought Suzie home, but the little dog kept vomiting. She has spay incontinence, which has been easily controlled with Proin, but since she's throwing up, they've had to stop that, so she's urinating on her bed, too. Jan had to get some sleep after two nights of being up with Suzie, and there was no way to keep her in a hospital without anyone there, and just lie in her own puke and pee until someone came in the morning. So I paid for her to be hospitalized overnight at the overnight ER clinic.
We still aren't sure what's wrong with Suzie. They're saying it's a muscle injury, and everyone is being kind of stingy with the pain meds. There are no local vet specialty practices, and the nearest vet college is 6 hours away. Because of her bad reaction to the injectable NSAID she was given, they don't want to give her anything like Metacam, even though she took it before with no problems. She still seems to be in considerable pain, and we're having trouble getting that effectively dealt with.
I'll keep everyone updated on what's going on with her, and hopefully she'll be back at home tonight and on the mend. Please send good thoughts her way, and also to poor sleep-deprived Jan. And since many of you offered to help with future vet bills, I'll just say that for the moment I think we're okay, but if things change, we'll let you know!