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Carol Fisher – Flash

Flash – March 14, 2000 – November 7, 2006 Flash was born in 2000. He was neutered at age 2 and has had urinary tract problems ever since. He may have even contracted MRSA at this surgery because I remember him taking a lot of antibiotics for a hard to cure bacterial infection (my vet’s words). When we went on vacation in September he seemed fine. The day after we got home, September 25 2006, he could not pee. This never happened before. We took him to the vet and they said he had bladder stones and that he had to have surgery to save his life. Also, the surgery that he had to have was called an urethrostomy. They completely rerouted his urinary tract. I have been going to for 20+ years and trusted the vets completely. Two days after his surgery, he started bleeding profusely through this new opening after urinating. MY vet was away. We took Flash to another hospital and this vet put him on Rimadyl and the bleeding stopped after one day. She said he probably was just inflamed. A week or so went back and Flash was not able to pee again. Back to his regular vet and they catherized him and said he still had some post-op swelling then again he was ok for a few days. Then, not able to pee again. He began this routine of just lying around and panting all of the time. I asked the vet about the panting and he said that he was just anxious. This went on for several weeks, we took him and had to have him catherized to get him to pee. After a while I noticed that his eyes were turning yellow and he was running a fever. At this point, I asked our vet to sign a release so that we could take him to the Virginia Tech Teaching Animal Hospital. He spoke with them on the phone and they recommended that a sterile urine culture be taken first. We took Flash in the first thing the next morning and they drew urine out of his bladder with a syringe and sent it off for testing. The next day, Flash wasn’t able to pee again. They said to bring him in and they would put him on a liquid drip and catherize him again. That night we went to visit him at the vet hospital was the last time. Flash died in the middle of the night. Two days after he died, the culture came back positive for MRSA. My Flash is gone after six weeks of uncalled for suffering and after only living for six short years. He was the absolute best dog. He was a beautiful dog. He was a graduate of obedient school and was the most intelligent dog I had ever had. He also very loved. He would kiss and kiss you. He was also the most playful dog I ever had. He was always bringing his toys to you for you to play with him. Everyone loved him who met him and that was because he loved everyone he met. He was so special. I found out about the Bella Moss Foundation over the internet while I was researching MRSA in pets. Jill was so very nice to me and let me tell her about my Flash and let me cry. MRSA is a horrible way for pets to go and I truly hope that the foundation in time can stop this senseless dying.

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