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Milt and Sue – Corky T

Milt and Sue – Corky T

Our beautiful Golden Retriever, Corky T. (for trouble and terrific) Miles suffered with allergies for most of his life. Although he took many pills everyday to manage these allergies along with biweekly injections, he never complained. Even when it was discovered he had cancer and had to undergo chemo, he continued to be sweet and wonderful. He was your typical Golden, sweet and loving. He loved his swimming pool and stuffed toys, which he was always willing to share with us. We loved him dearly and were rewarded tenfold by his love.

This past January, he suffered a spontaneous pnemothorax. We rushed him to the emergency vet and they immediately put a tube in him to get the air out of his body cavity. Thanks to their quick thinking, it appeared that Corky was going to survive. After consulting several vets, including his oncologist and regular vet, it was decided to do surgery to remove the bula on his lung. The surgery went well, and after 3 days recovery, he returned home to us. At first he seemed to be on the road to recovery, but after a few days, he developed a fever and would not eat or drink. One of his vets even made a trip to our home to treat him, giving him fluids and increasing some of his pain killers. Again, he seemed to be getting better, only to have a repeated episode of fevers. When we took him to have his stitches removed, he seemed a little better, but when we mentioned to the surgeon that he just wasn’t eating, he didn’t seem too concerned and said he would probably start eating better once he felt better. After all he wasn’t doing anything but lying around. Three days after that we finally took him to his regular vet who decided to keep him at his clinic each day, giving him fluids and antibiotics. This went on for a few days, and on the third day, an abscess that had been hiding behind a fatty tumor on his right rear leg exploded.

The vet removed 2 cups of blood and other fluids along with discovering dying skin. He had this huge hole in him, big enough to stick your whole thumb into and he was unable to walk. We took him home and cared for him and returned the next day to the vet. Unfortunately, he was open for only half a day and it was suggested we return to the emergency vet so they could keep an eye on him. The emergency clinic again consulted with all our vets and we ended up taking Corky back to where he had had the surgery to consult with the surgeon and an oncologist. X rays were taken and finally an ultra sound was done. Corky had multiple nodules on many or his organs along with fluid in his lungs and around his heart. They felt for sure they would need to remove at least his spleen and maybe his leg. None of the doctors felt he could survive and after many tears, we decided to euthanize him; to stop what was now suffering.

As anyone reading this knows, this is so very difficult to do but we loved him so and could not allow him to suffer any more. Three days later, we received the results from the lab report telling us that Corky had MRSA. Of course it was too late to do anything for him.

Our vet said he had never had a case of MRSA in his clinic. The other vets we had seen were unaware of MRSA. The symptoms were all there but went undetected by vets. There is no way to know if Corky got MRSA during the surgery or while recovering in their clinic. He also could have had it all along on some of the sores he had on his groin as a result of his allergies.

After Corky died, we were looking up MRSA on the internet and came across the Bella Moss Foundation. Through continuing professional development seminars for vets and nurses the Bella Moss Foundation has had a positive impact on what vets in Britain know about MRSA. Jill Moss is truly an inspiration. Hopefully, we can help the Foundation do something here in the US to have the same impact on our vets. I intend to do what I can to spread the knowledge about MRSA to vets and other doctors here. I welcome any help. There is much to do. It is our hope that our Corky, just as Bella, can help other animals avoid their fate and live long, happy lives.

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