Katara was the smallest in a litter of six puppies born within the Nursery at our Pet Well being Facilities on Christmas evening in 2020. Whereas her siblings took to nursing instantly, Katara didn’t, and she or he appeared lame and torpid. Whereas the workers opted to bottle-feed Katara, she quickly began to realize weight. Nonetheless, she didn’t appear to be progressing in different areas – akin to standing or strolling.
Ultimately, Katara started having seizures and was identified with hepatic encephalopathy, a dysfunction brought on by a liver shunt that allowed a portion of her blood to bypass the liver and never get filtered correctly, leading to a build-up of harmful toxins. Katara was then positioned in an oxygen cage, which appeared to work nicely for a short while, however Katara would want to have surgical procedure to appropriate the liver shunt if she was going to outlive.
So as to add to her challenges, Katara additionally developed a carpal (wrist joint) tendon contracture in each entrance legs. This could happen when the tendons and bones develop at totally different charges. Katara wore braces on her legs to assist straighten them and had bodily remedy to assist along with her mobility and energy.