Buddy18, September 2002
Buddy, a 7-month-young male chocolate Lab, was turned over to a shelter by a person or persons unknown who described this little guy as a litter runt. When his sweet face appeared in an online adoption ad, a couple in Kingwood, Texas reached out and volunteered to foster him. His foster parents adored Buddy and became concerned that he not only weighed just 19 pounds, but also seemed to hold at that weight. Thus they took him to Kingwood Animal Hospital for an explanation and help in fixing whatever was preventing Buddy from growing.
An exploratory procedure revealed that Buddy had an intussusception,
blockage in his bowel, which would require surgery. Although there were
risks such as lifelong diarrhea and loss of bowel control, Buddys
proved to be relatively easy to repair. Buddy recovered without any side
effects from the procedure. His grateful foster parents, who hadn't
anticipated invasive surgery at the tender age of 7 months, were willing
pay but needed some help. LABMED helped by contributing the small
portion that Buddy's parents requested. Today, Buddy continues to gain
weight and delight his new foster parents, who have fallen in love with
him and decided to keep him forever!