Sweet Bailey has been with us since November of 2019. She came to us from our friends at Hwy 50 Freedom Ride after being picked up as a stray in Rocky Ford. Due to town and city ordinances their small municipal shelter is unable to adopt animals out after their stray hold. The HWY 50 Freedom Ride group works diligently to place these animals in shelters and rescue throughout Colorado where they can be placed for adoption. PAWS for Life immediately saw the plea for Bailey and knew we could help! The minute our staff and volunteers met this squat little beauty we fell head over heels in love with her!
Bailey quickly became a favorite in our PAWS for Life family, with her outgoing, happy-go-lucky, and cuddly personality. In January staff noticed Bailey starting to slow down a bit, she didn't have the appetite she once did or the energy. Our vet looked her over and we tried meds that would hopefully settle her stomach. Another exam was performed after a few days of no improvement; with no fever or any other outward signs of illness she was prescribed Sucralfate to help further settle any stomach issues and was given the OK to proceed with her spay surgery for the beginning of February.
When she was opened for surgery it was discovered that sweet little Bailey had an excessively large closed Pyometra (Infected Uterus). Dr. Parkin with Bergen Spay and Neuter Alliance, literally saved Bailey’s life that day. Had the 8lb infected uterus ruptured before or during surgery, it would of been fatal for her. We were all so relieved to find out what had been wrong with Bailey and why she had been feeling so off. The next day she was back to her perky, bouncy self and we were ready to get her back on a healthy track.
Bailey had still not found her forever home by March and even though she was happy, responsive, and seemed to be feeling so much better, our staff knew something was still off as her weight continued to fluctuate. An appointment was made with Pueblo Small Animal Clinic for a check up and blood work. Results came back normal and she was prescribed medication to help with anything underlying that might be going on with her GI Tract.
Bailey still saw little improvement in her weight and after consulting with our vet again, we were referred to Southern Colorado Internal Veterinary Medicine (SCIVM) in Colorado Springs. On Friday, April 17th Bailey was seen by SCIVM’s veterinary team where they performed a physical exam, a blood panel, labs, ultrasound, radiographs, heartworm test, electrolyte test, potassium test, fecal profile, and a baseline cortisol test was sent out. The immediate test results are shared below and we will update as we get the tests that are pending.
-Blood work - normal
-Electrolyte levels- good
-Kidney levels - Normal
- Heartworm - negative
-Ultrasound- Small intestine is mildly thickened suggesting Possible GI (Gastrointestinal) or EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency). Not definitive until test results come back.
-Radiographs- Came back clear but showed the right side of her heart was enlarged.
Although no one ever expects these type of medical expenses they happen, and PAWS is committed to doing what it takes to help our Bailey girl feel better. We are asking for help specifically for Bailey and her medical expenses, so far they are over $1,500. If you are not in a position to donate please share Bailey’s post. Bailey is currently in foster care with one of our board members getting to enjoy the good life snuggling on the couch, basking in the sun, and being endlessly spoiled. Her road in life has been rough but we know with your help we can truly give this sweet travel sized girl her chance at true happiness and health.