The cost of providing medical care for JoJo has exceeded $12,000. Michigan Pug Rescue believes that when the rescue make a committment to care for a Pug it accepts into the rescue, that Pug becomes part of the Michigan Pug Rescue family. As a part of our family we will do what ever is necessary to care for the Pug provided the prognosis indicates there will be a quality of life maintained once the treatment is completed.
A seperate fund has been set up within the rescue organization to care for JoJo. Please indicate when making your donation that it is for JoJo's medical fund. michigan Pug Rescue qualifies under the IRS as a 501C3 charitable organization and therefore all donations are tax deductible. If you are unable to make a donation, please keep JoJo in your prayers.
Jo Jo was returned to MPR when the family
who had adopted him was unable to provide the medical care he required in
August, 2007. He is now 7 years old and
has been vaccinated for Distemper, Rabies, Corona, Bordetella, Heartworm and Fecal tested. He also has had his teeth cleaned, is
microchipped and underwent surgery to remove Bladder stones. The stones were sent out for analysis to
determine his future treatment. He is
feed a prescription diet available from the Veterinarian's office. He is wonderful with children and loves to
give them a face wash. He is
housebroken, crate trained and relishes his walks and has walked in excess of 2
miles. He gets along with the other Pugs
in the foster home. He wants to be with
you at all times. He will lie on the
floor at your feet. He loves lots of
attention and he loves to play tug-a-war.
He has some food aggressiveness.
He is fed in his crate to avoid any issues. His urine is periodically tested to be sure
there are no reoccurrences of the stones.
Update April 6: Jo Jo was seen by the MPR vet and his urine
was tested and he was X-rayed.
He remains stone free. His X-ray
did reveal an abnormality in his upper spinal area. At this time there was no need to have any procedures
Update April 23, 2010: JoJo was rushed to the emergency vet this
morning because he was unable to stand or raise his head. Upon arrival at the emergency room he was
examined, blood tests and an ultrasound were done and IVs started. Consultations with Internal Medicine and the
Surgery Department resulted in the conclusion that his Gall Bladder was filled
with sludge as well as the outer walls were thickened, his abdomen filled with
fluid, his Blood Sugar level and red blood cells were critically low. The surgeon stated his chance of recovery
were less than 50/50. He received 2
transfusions of red platelets and the IVs contained a Glucose drip to stabilize
his blood sugar. Once he was stabilized
he was set up for removal of his Gall Bladder, biopsies of his liver and
kidneys were done and he was put into intensive care for recovery. On April 27th he was discharged
from the hospital and placed on a special diet and placed on several prescription medicaions. His activity was
also curtailed. He was again seen on April 28th
to have his Fentanyl patch removed and his blood checked. The results of the blood work revealed no
change in his red cell level but they were still abnormal. The results of his liver biopsy revealed that
he suffers from Cirrhosis of the liver and was seen for another consultation
with the Internal Medicine Department on May 6th at which time he
was placed on 6 medications and a prescription diet for the Cirrhosis. His prognosis is he should live a normal life
with the medications and prescription diet.
Update May 16, 2010: Jo Jo was readmitted to the hospital because
he was not eating well and was acting listless.
The Emergency Room doctor felt he needed to be observed and some
additional tests be run to see if any changes had occurred. There was some concern that one of the
medications he was taking may be causing an adverse reaction. The doctors advised that at times medication
dosages may need to be adjusted. Further blood tests revealed his Albumin levels were less than favorable and there was swelling in his ankles as a result. The doctor has decided to begin a regimen of Steriod shoots to try to stabilize his conndition.
The rescue has determined that JoJo will remain in the rescue as a permanent foster to assure all of his medical needs are provided.