Toy Blocks Intestines
Utah - In February, it was reported that Best Friends lost Bonita, one of Vick's dogs, during a routine anesthesia procedure. This week, Best Friends reports that another Vick dog nearly died. Denzel had ingested a toy, which required surgery to remove. The dog then apparently suffered from a post-operative infection. We find it interesting that Dr. Patti states that pit bulls are "different from other dogs" and that they "don't show pain" the way other dogs do.
"I have found pit bulls in general and these dogs in particular to be different from other dogs that I have seen for the same emergency because they are so stoic. They are particularly food motivated and don’t really show pain like an average dog would. So I made a judgment call based on Denzel’s attitude and x-rays and during the surgery found that he had a chewed up toy caught in his stomach and coiled through the first part of his intestines. It was a pretty severe blockage..."
"Denzel recovered well in the clinic and went back to his area after close observation for about a week."
"...He did very well for two days, eating, energetic and pooping well and on the third day he lost his appetite and started vomiting. Blood work and x-rays were repeated again and the blood work showed significantly elevated white blood cells and the x-rays were very suspicious for a blockage – so in we went to surgery again. This time we found no blockage but an infection in his belly, so I had to resect some of his bowel and rinse out his abdomen thoroughly."
We also find it interesting that when Faron's dogs were humanely euthanized, none of them suffered the miserable near death of ingesting a toy, having blockage and undergoing two surgeries because of it. During the Faron controversy, Ledy VanKavage, a lawyer and lobbyist for Best Friends, called the humane euthanizations "a massacre." These are strong words coming from a group whose care of Vick's dogs seems to boarder on incompetent.
03/09/09: Best Friends and Activists Hold Vigil Sporting "Wildside Kennels" Caps
02/16/09: "Bonita" Merchandise by Best Friends is Swiftly on the Way
01/23/09: Best Friends Steps into the Ed Faron Dogfighting Bust to "Save" Unstable Dogs
11/10/08: Best Friends Announces the Vicktory Dog Wine Collection
11/03/08: Flashback: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Refuses Care of Pit Bulls