Some of you may remember Mikey - the boy we pulled and fostered until he found his foster home. We originally placed him with a family that we thought would be perfect. Wrong. They called us a year later and said they didn't want him anymore. He was pooping in the house and was listless. We brought him home and he went to spend time with our friend, Robin, until we could find him a new home. This family had never bothered to take him to a vet. When Robin took him in, we learned he had developed Pancreatic Enzyme Insufficiency which meant his food went straight through him. He was not getting any nutients and was basically starving to death.
Robin got started on Pancreatic enzymes and he got better. He started having some other health issues so we brought him back to our home. We wanted him there in case we had to make the decision to put him down. Our vet checked him over and learned he also had a really small esophagus and if confined in a too small space where he couldn't stretch out, he could choke. He had aspirated on his own vomit and developed pneumonia. So he was put on antibiotics, allowed free rein of our upstairs and put on a more concentrated pancreatic enzyme.
The turnaround was amazing. And happily, we were contacted by a couple who had had a dog with a similar problem and they were quite willing to deal with his condition and could afford to continue treating him = he would have to stay on the enzyme all his life just to survive.
They provided him a wonderful home, complete with a female Akita, Nya, who became his best buddy. Sadly she died a month before he did - from heart issues. Mikey had become weak and had difficulty standing and moving, so he joined Nya at the bridge.
Mikey was one of the best dogs ever. He came within hours of being loaded up in a truck and driven to Washington State University to be euthanized by veterinary students. He was loving and fun-loving and will always be in our hearts. We will miss you, sweet Mikey.