Lottie arrived at North Central Animal Shelter as an overweight senior after her human passed away. She was then adopted in 2021 only to be returned a year later due to “moving and no time” at almost 10 years old and 101 lbs. On December 16, 2022, Lottie exited the North Central Shelter and would never look back.
Unfortunately, Lottie had blood in her stool and wasn’t feeling well. The first visit to the vet consisted of injectable pain and anti-nausea medications along with an appetite stimulant. While the vomiting ceased, she still had not eaten for almost 96 hours, and started to have diarrhea again and became extremely lethargic. Lottie was rushed to the hospital and put on IV fluids and pain medication to keep her hydrated and comfortable. They ran additional lab work, x-rays, and an ultrasound that showed an enlarged spleen and a mass attached to it. She headed into surgery, but when they opened her up, they found several more masses, including one attached to her gallbladder causing bile to leak into her abdomen.
The rescue was told the only option was euthanasia. It was agreed that they should end her suffering. Three and a half hours later, our rescue partner received a call that vets proceeded with the surgery, removing all the masses, and miraculously, SHE SURVIVED! The results show that the mass on her spleen is the only one that’s malignant, and her life expectancy is up to another year.
She will head back to the vet in 10 days to have the staples removed. In the meantime, she is being hand fed boiled beef or chicken, completing all of her medications and receiving all the love from her foster mama.