Egypt when she was a pup
Last year brought us COVID, civil unrest and more.... The challenges the homeless face are unimaginable. Having a pet adds to their daily struggles.
Even with our own challenges we were able to continue to serve our clients. Feeding Pets of the Homeless treated over 650 pets that were ill or injured. It was possible due to the compassion of our donors that we were able to pay hospitals over $317,000 (after discounts).
Egypt is one of those pets.
Feeding Pets of the Homeless® received a call from a homeless woman who lives on a porch in Washington, DC wih her service animal who is a three year old female American Bulldog, Egypt. She was concerned because Egypt was dragging her back legs for a few days.
Feeding Pets of the Homeless approved an exam at one of our network hospitals. Soon we received a call from the veterinarian who explained Egypt’s condition: he suspected a herniated disc or a growth on the spine. Egypt had no deep pain in her legs or tail which is not a good sign and makes the prognosis very poor. He recommended a CT scan. His opinion was even if surgery was performed, there may not be any recovery and no return of function of her legs. Egypt has become incontinent.
The hospital connected with their partner VCA Veterinary Referral Association for a neurological consultation.
Four days later, Egypt was seen for a neurological evaluation. We received a phone call from the Chief of Staff. He did x-rays and cannot find anything wrong. He thinks it could have been a possible stroke in the spinal cord. Egypt had no feeling in her hind legs or tail. He is going to try acupuncture for 4 – 6 weeks, as sometimes they get results from this treatment. He offered to do this all at no charge!
Egypt’s owner called to say thank you. She also said the staff at the hospital was wonderful! She will keep in touch. She emailed a photo of Egypt.
A few weeks later the doctor called to say that now Egypt is bleeding heavily in her vaginal area and not eating or drinking. We paid for additional bloodwork and x-rays. The doctor called back and said she has open piometra (a uterine infection) and is very sick. Her white blood cell count was extremely high. She had an enlarged uterus. The doctor recommended to have her uterus removed. Unfortunately with the poor quality of life expected with no function of her rear legs and being incontinent, it was decided to put Egypt down.
Feeding Pets of the Homeless assisted with euthanasia and communal cremation. One of the kind employees at the hospital contributed so that Egypt could have a private cremation and her guardian could receive her ashes. Her owner called to say thank you for everything.
Run again with the angels sweet Egypt.
"Thank everyone for the kind expressions during my loss. Just want to say that Loyalty means EVERYTHING to me!!! I have found no one more loyal than Egypt was! This is why I grieve her loss more than many may understand. She was the most Family I've had for the past 3 plus years with an unwavering, unconditional Love...that never let me down! She was such a gift. A blessing in my life! My love, protector, best friend..EVERYTHING!!!"