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Help Sylas get the life-saving surgery he needs!
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Ended Nov 25, 2013
Sylas is my best friend. He needs surgery. Specifically, he needs Prophylactic Gastropexy (Stomach Tacking)

Sylas spent the first couple of years of his life locked in the bathroom of an animal hoarder's home. When he came into my care he was 30lbs ...
Sylas is my best friend. He needs surgery. Specifically, he needs Prophylactic Gastropexy (Stomach Tacking)

Sylas spent the first couple of years of his life locked in the bathroom of an animal hoarder's home. When he came into my care he was 30lbs under weight, had fleas, worms and was bald most of his under side. He would not come to anyone and spent most of his time hiding from everyone. Over the course of a year and a lot of therapy, he has blossomed into the single most amazing dog I have ever had the joy to live with. He loves learning new tricks, is incredibly intelligent and makes strangers fall in love with him immediately. Every night he wants to cuddle; every morning he wakes me up by jumping on my bed and playfully biting at me. He has helped me through some pretty rough times; I have done my best to return the favor. I love him more than I ever thought I could love an animal. I am willing do anything I possibly can to ensure that he lives a long, healthy and active life: Which brings me to why I'm writing this.

On 9/14 at 11pm, Sylas began to display symptoms of "Bloat". For those who are new to the term - it's when a dog’s stomach fills with air, fluid and/or food. The enlarged stomach puts pressure on other organs, can cause difficulty breathing and may eventually decrease blood supply to a dog’s vital organs. In larger dogs an enlarged stomach will completely flip itself over, which leads to death if not treated immediately. It is considered one of the highest killers of dogs, second only to cancer.
I've read many depressing stories about humans loosing their best friends to the disease and have taken many precautions in his everyday life to reduce the chance of it happening.

Naturally, fearing the worst, I took him to the emergency vet who assured me that he was just gassy. I reluctantly returned home, but less than 30 minutes after we arrived, his symptoms quickly intensified. Not wanting to risk it- we returned to the vet and had him x-rayed, which confirmed our fears. He was at the beginning stages of Bloat. His stomach had expanded, his organs were being pressed and moved around, and his stomach was starting to rotate. Luckily, it had not completely flipped yet. His stomach was pumped, he was medicated and is currently under strict supervision with a medicated diet until we can get him in for surgery.

Without Prophylactic Gastropexy Surgery - Bloat will recur, followed by flipped stomach, followed by a very painful death. Sylas is a joy and a blessing. He deserves only the best that we have to offer.

Please help my best friend get the surgery he desperately needs so that he can continue being the amazing companion that he is.
I will be Grateful for ANY contribution, no matter the size. It ALL helps!
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