The dog with the dinosaur pajamas is the toughest urgent case we have taken into our care this year.
Usually, when we share a plea, it is accompanied by graphic footage that immediately speaks to the degree of urgency. However, this plea is a little different. Rocket is 1.5-years-old, and he weighs nearly a third of what he should weigh. He is losing about a pound a day. He''s down to almost 20 pounds right now.
Medically speaking, this is a very complicated case. You see, Rocket showed up to a shelter in Texas as a stray. He is very sick and is riddled with multiple old fractures. His body is only two years old but is so ravaged and broken that he looks much older. Here is what we know so far about Rocket:
1. He has severe megacolon. A condition in which his colon is severely distended with HARD fecal material. We have never seen megacolon of this degree in any animal before. This may be due to obstruction of the last part of his colon as it passes through his pelvic canal. It may also be due to neurologic trauma to his colon from his pelvic fractures, causing his colon to be unable to contract and move feces out.
2. He has old, healed fractures of his right pelvis and his right thigh bone. The fractures are due to trauma. While the fractures themselves have healed poorly, the pelvic fracture has healed in an abnormal shape - the bone is pushing inwards against his colon, which may be causing feces to be unable to pass through this portion of his colon in a usual fashion.
3. His left hip joint is dislocated.
4. He has several objects in his intestinal tract that look like rocks, pieces of hard rubber, and plastic. Because of his megacolon, we cannot tell for sure exactly where these objects are in his intestinal tract. Most likely, surgery will be necessary to remove them as they are causing an obstruction in his intestinal tract.
5. His white cell count is high due to the retention of feces and an infection. His blood albumin is low, which is due to malnutrition. All of this is causing him to vomit and poop all over the place frequently.
6. He is dehydrated and in excruciating pain.
Denise, our Director of Operations and head of our medical team, said this: The dog in the Pajamas immediately caught my eye and when I read his medical, I knew he was going to be euthanized at the shelter, no group was going to be willing or able to tackle this. It is an incredibly expensive case that will run a minimum of $10,000, even to ATTEMPT to correct EVERYTHING this dog has going on. There is no bandaid fix for this, and if we don''t help him, he''s going to die. The picture of him standing was taken days ago at the shelter; since then, he has declined severely and is now struggling even to stand to urinate. Rocket needs us to come together and join forces. We can do this for him.
The shelter knew if they didn''t make Rocket stand out to somebody and make him irresistible in the dinosaur pajamas, no one would help him. He would be another statistic who wasn''t given a chance at life. Rocket doesn''t want to die.
Rocket needs us to come together and join forces. Together we can do this for him.