Sweetpea is all snuggled up and ready for bed in his brand new fleece jacket and cozy doggy slippers! He sends his love out to Sheila for his new jacket – he loves to wear it around the house, thinks it’s the PERFECT snuggle robe for napping, and we all think he’s adorable in it!
From our Friends at NBS Animal Rescue : “Sweetpea is doing VERY well – he was getting so fuzzy that it was time for him to get a profesional groom!! He got the fur on his little toes trimmed so he doesn’t slip and slide on the wood floors, his body fuzz was trimmed so that the hair regrowing where the maggots were living blends in with the rest of his furry fuzz, and his fuzzy wuzzy face and ears were trimmed up too!!
He pranced out of the grooming salon and down the streets of Royal Oak like the celebrity that he is (Did you see him on Fox 2 News yesterday demonstrating the Pet Oxygen Masks???) and hopped right in the car to go home.
Sweetpea is 100% healed from his neck drain tube, his mass removal surgeries, is finished with his antibiotics and will go back in for a blood test this week to see where his levels are at. He’s amazing with people, kids, cats, and dogs – has gained weight and is 100% potty trained! Stay tuned for an update later this week with the results of his blood work!”
From our friends at NBS Animal Rescue — can you spot our little Sweetpea? One day he was ravaged by maggots and now he’s hanging out with firefighters. Sweetpea was also on Fox 2 Detroit on Saturday and Sunday (8/25 and 8/26) demonstrating the oxygen mask. ~ diana
“NBSAR volunteers, board members, and canines Corbin and Sweet Pea hit the streets to deliver Pet Oxygen Mask kits to the Detroit Precinct 1 Fire Department and the Warren Fire Department. Both departments were so gracious and excited to have the Pet Oxygen Mask kits for the rigs. You can see the story on Fox 2 tonight at 6PM and 10PM where our fearless leader, Rebecca Akins, talks about our fundraiser with our under 18 volunteers, Jonas and Bailey.
We raised over $1,500 last month and ordered 19 kits to pass out to local fire departments. Warren received 3 today. Detroit received 11. Clawson and Washington will be receiving their kits next weekend.
Both Detroit and Warren were so thankful to us for thinking of them and their needs. Budgets have been cut for public services and there is rarely enough money to buy all the things they need, especially for our canine and feline companions.
We hope they never are in the position to need them, but they are now equipped with the kits to help save lives if they do.”
***sigh*** Moooom, why don’t my foster brudders have to wear a silly poncho?? Noooooo, PLEASE don’t post my picture on FB – you can’t even see my pretty ears with this silly hood on!”
Sweetpea is so smart he has mastered sit, down, and come all in sign language – we’ve got a firm grasp on short stays, and we’re working on shake. Today he even came running in from the backyard when we “called” him with hand signals!
PRAYERS needed for our Sweetpea McGee — an update from Rebecca Akins of NBS: “Sweetpea McGee was admitted back into the ER vet tonight after an evening of being listless, having nasal discharge, and his neck lump increasing in size, hardness, and warmth. He is stable, has a normal temperature, normal pulse, and is still just as sweet as pie.
The good news is that the wonderful vets, vet techs,
and staff at the Animal Urgent Critical Care Center are taking very good care of him and are doing everything they can to help make Sweetpea as comfortable and healthy as possible. Many thanks to Gina from 4 Paws 1 Heart for her help in coordinating Sweetpea’s medical care and being so wonderfully supportive. ♥
We’ll post an update as soon as we know more.”
Can you imagine how this poor baby would have been suffering in the hands of that miserable owner had Matthew Vergadamo had not rescued him and took action with 4 Paws 1 Heart??? ~ diana
SWEETPEA UPDATE: Please keep praying for this little guy. The only thing I can say now is that thank God he is in the hands of the Animal Urgent and Critical Care Center staff and Rebecca Akins and Aaron Fortin, and 4 Paws 1 Heart. The suffering he would have gone through had he still been with his despicable owner is too overwhelming to think about. ~ diana
Sweetpea McGee is still at the ER vet and is being treated for a variety of concerns. We have been able to confirm that Sweetpea McGee is in fact deaf, has a stage 4 heart murmur, and it looks like the beginning signs of pneumonia. His drain tube is holding steady in his neck and the swelling has decreased in size slightly. For now, he has been started on antibiotics for the pneumonia, will have a series of chest x-rays and a blood CBC tonight, and is being watched closely by many knowledgeable people who care about him. He is eating, was more alert tonight and even nudged his foster mom’s hand when she stopped petting him for a nano-second. =)
As soon as we know more we’ll post an update. As always, positive thoughts are appreciated! ♥
After a bit of a scare yesterday, Sweetpea is back at his foster home and resting comfortably. Sweetpea came through surgery fantastic thanks to the wonderful veterinarians and vet techs that cared for him this past week. Post op Sweetpea’s neck “cyst” that was drained filled with blood and formed a hematoma. A pressure bandage was applied, injectable antibiotics given, and the watchful eye of the wonderful Gina from 4 Paws 1 Heart made sure Sweetpea was well taken care of.
The vets believe that Sweetpea has a condition known as a Salivary Cervical Mucoceles – or a collection of saliva that has leaked from a damaged salivary gland or salivary duct and has accumulated in the tissues causing what was originally thought to be a cyst. As the saliva leaks from the torn salivary gland or duct it pools in the tissue and causes an inflammatory response. A capsule forms around the saliva to prevent it from migrating further producing a noticeable pocket of fluid.
For now, we will be watching Sweetpea McGee very closely, continuing with a course of antibiotics, monitoring his incision sites and stitches, and hoping to see a decrease in the swelling and fluid retention on his chin/neck. If the swelling in Sweetpea’s neck remains stable – he will just need to be monitored in the future for swelling or increase in size. Surgery and/or a drain tube are options for treatment, however surgery is very difficult in that sensitive region and given Sweetpea’s response to the needle aspiration of the area (hematoma) surgery could very well cause more damage than good.
It is our hope that he heals completely from the surgery and the Salivary Cervical Mucoceles will be able to be managed by monitoring it for changes in size.
For now, Sweetpea enjoyed some grilled chicken for dinner and is sleeping on a king size memory foam dog bed, snuggled in a soft fleece blanket, and resting comfortably. ♥
MANY, MANY, MANY thanks to Gina for taking such wonderful care of Sweetpea and sending updates to his foster mom so she wouldn’t worry. We will forever be grateful to 4 Paws 1 Heart for helping this sweet little fella to have a second chance at a happy and healthy life. ♥
YIPPEE!! WHOO HOO!! Sweetpea came out of surgery today and is doing great! We got an update from fantastic ladies at 4 Paws 1 Heart and spoke with the surgeon who preformed Sweetpea’s surgery – we couldn’t wait to share the great news!!
“He is doing fantastic, and is already out of surgery and up and alert. We removed a Lipoma from his chest area and cleaned up his teeth really good. We drew fluid out of the large cyst that is under his chin, and thankfully found just a clear liquid. It is completely external and not the source of any of his breathing issues. We also removed the little lump/growth on his shoulder and saved it for Gina to send out to histology. We are hoping that the antibiotics that he is going on for post teeth cleaning will also help clear up his breathing.”
Sweetpea will be staying at the ER vet until Sunday so that they can continue to monitor his breathing, incision sites/stitches, etc. We’re hoping to see an improvement in his breathing as he heals from having the lipoma from his chest, and cyst from his neck removed while on antibiotics. Praying for a quick recovery for the little guy – his foster parents miss him! ♥
THANK-YOU to everyone who posted a kind thought, said a prayer, and sent well wishes to Sweetpea – it was VERY much appreciated!! ♥
SWEETPEA UPDATE PROVIDED BY REBECCA AKINS OF NBS ANIMAL RESCUE: I wanted to share a brief update with you on Sweetpea’s progress. I’m sure Gina will fill you in, but I wanted to touch base with you on what we’re seeing with him as well.
Sweetpea is having some breathing issues – potentially caused by the rather large mass on his neck. He frequently sounds as though he’s struggling to pass air efficiently, gurgles and rattles when he breathes (although, not all the time), and tends to snore/take very deep breaths when he sleeps. He’s still eating, drinking, pottying, and being affectionate towards us – but his breathing concerns are becoming more apparent. His skin sores have all but healed completely, with about 3-4 spots the size of a pencil eraser that still have scabs on them, his hair is starting to grow back, and he’s doing wonderfully at our house. He’s a doll to have as a foster, is learning to seek out attention and is doing very well with potty training. He’s eating like a champ, and is starting to gain some muscle mass in his hind end from walking and playing in the yard. His breathing issues are a major concern for us as it seems at times like it’s painful for him to draw a breath.
We took him into the ER vet tonight for his scheduled surgery to have the masses removed and a dental. It was so nice to see all of the vet techs there come out and say hello to Sweetpea and comment on how well he looks! We told Gina about our breathing concerns and the things we’re seeing/hearing and after a brief physical exam, she too is concerned that the mass may be attached and potentially causing breathing issues. Unfortunately it’s a pretty decent size mass on the underside of his “chin” neck area – my hope is that it can easily be drained/removed without issue, but it’s something I wanted to make Gina and you aware of ASAP. Sweetpea is going to stay at the ER vet for a few days for monitoring and examination by the vets and surgeon who will be doing the surgery Friday morning. Sweetpea will also be having a suspicious looking spot on his shoulder removed – at first glance Gina said it looked like a cigarette burn that was scabbing over. The scab has since fallen off and revealed…well, let’s just say that it’s not a pretty skin growth of some sort. Gina is going to have the surgeon look at it and evaluate what our best course of action will be. She said that she will most likely be sending the lumps/fluid/skin samples out for histology to confirm/deny the possibility of cancer.
Gina said she will also start Sweetpea’s series of vaccinations while he is at the vet’s office. He needs rabies, DHLPP, and bordatella. He is HW negative and had a negative fecal already.
Gina was very kind to us tonight – she obviously recognized the fact that I was having a hard time with leaving Sweetpea there for the next 5 days and was very reassuring and kind. Gina said that she would call me when she hears back from the surgeon, as well as the second he comes out of surgery Friday morning. I”m sure the vet tech at the counter thought I was nuts as we left Sweetpea there, went home and packed up more of his normal food, and drove right back to Harper Woods to deliver the extra food so he could stay on the same diet while he’s there. He’ll be staying at the ER vet through the weekend depending on how things go and what they find when they get in his neck.
I’m sure Gina will give you a much more technical version of the above situation but I wanted to personally let you know how the little guy is doing and to once again thank-you both for your kindness in helping this wonderful dog be healthy again. He is already very much loved and adored and we’re anxious to have him home soon!