Although obviously thin and emaciated when she came into our care from Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, it was only later that we discovered that Goat had a major medical issue.
Once healthy enough for her spay she was sent for what would be the first for many surgeries. During her spay abnormal tissue was discovered and we decided that further testing was needed. It was discovered she was suffering from kidney worms, which are intestinal parasites transmitted to animals through raw fish, frogs, or crayfish carrying the parasite that live in and destroy the kidneys of the dog.
During an exploratory surgery on December 21, 2015, veterinarians removed a 2ft+ long worm from Goat’s right kidney, the only visible worm. Although damaged, the kidney was still functioning so the decision was to leave it.
Unfortunately, Goat does not heal well from surgeries. On Christmas morning, her incision line began to open up, resulting in her spending Christmas at the emergency clinic and undergoing further surgery. She recovered from that ordeal, but we discovered there was evidence of worm eggs in her urine.
Once Goat has thoroughly healed from the last surgery she endured another surgery and had her damaged kidney removed. After these four surgeries, she is recovering quite well and will make a wonderful addition to a loving family that can provide her with a forever home. Goat is currently enjoying a lot of TLC from the staff and volunteers, and the occasional cheeseburger from D’Arcy!
Please send Goat good wishes! Donations are always accepted to help pay for her $4500 vet bill. D’Arcy’s A.R.C. is a registered charity (No 861952828RR0001) that relies exclusively on donations from the public to cover our operating costs. All donations over $10 are eligible for a tax receipt.
We're happy to announce Goat was adopted March 2016.