2018 Frankie

2018 Frankie

You can't help falling for this 3mth old Frankie. He is simply adorable with his fluffy soft baby fur and big innocent eyes. Frankie is camera shy but at the same time loves the attention he's getting. He is melting the hearts of those who saw him.

Frankie was first rescued by Benji from a car workshop. He was found having difficulties in breathing and Benji decided to seek help from Purely Adoptions. We took on the case and sent Kirin to the vet immediately for treatment.

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4 January

Rescuer Benji took Frankie to the clinic for a checkup. A few tests were carried out and Frankie was found to be anaemic, with harsh breathing observed. Good new is that he is tested negative for Heartworm disease.

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He was kept at the clinic for further observation as his harsh breathing worried and puzzled us.

 

6 January

Frankie was discharged from the clinic on 6 January. The blood test results seemed ok but we are not ruling out the possibility of Babesia. He is also anaemic. 2 weeks worth of medication was taken and he is condition will continued to be observed at the fosterer's place.

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18 January

Furry Frankie went for his check up on 18 January and he is still anemic. He had been on Doxy for the past 2 weeks but there was no improvement. Poor Frankie, what is happening to you? We decided to put him on iron Supplement and see how it goes. Get well soon Little Frankie!

 

27 January

Frankie recuperated well at his potential adopter's place, putting on 0.5kg over the past 5 days. It was a joy seeing him so happy at last!

 

29 January

Frankie, now renamed Kirin, went for his Blood Test on 29 January and once again his report showed that he is Anaemic. However, Mr & Mrs Lee decided to proceed with adopting him and is dedicated to see through his medical issue. Picture1

Despite being a stray puppy, Kirin is very well behaved and constantly received compliments from Fosterers, Pet Transporters and passerby. He is definitely a very sweet dog and deserved a good home.

We are thankful to Mr & Mrs Lee for their love for Frankie and decided to give Kirin his forever home despite his current medical conditions. It is not easy to find such a lovely family who will accept a sick dog who requires greater care. Kirin is indeed very fortunate to have found his Daddy and Mummy.Picture1

We would also like to thank his fosterer Diwakar and Maddie for coming forward when we need a foster home for him.

We are Purely Adoptions and we are yet again thankful for the love that exists everywhere.


Updates

May 2018
*Credits to: Mount Pleasant Veterinary Group

Frankie was found to be suffering from portosystemic or liver shunt, which is an abnormal blood vessel that diverts blood around the liver instead of to it. Our liver plays a role in most of the metabolic processes in the body. Normally, blood from the abdominal organs flows to the liver via the portal vein. The blood brings the liver nutrients and is cleansed of toxins and impurities. The liver is deprived of necessary nutrients and fails to grow normally. Congenital shunts can be extrahepatic (outside the liver) or intrahepatic (inside the liver).

Before the surgery could be performed, Frankie was managed by veterinary specialist Dr Nathalee Prakash. The aim was to reduce the amount of toxins produced and improve Kirin’s health  to decrease the risk of anaesthesia and surgery. Frankie was placed on an appropriate hepatic diet, antibiotics to reduce intestinal bacterial overgrowth, and lactulose to encourage rapid transit of faecal matter and bacteria through the intestinal tract.

Once Frankie's condition was stable for general anaesthesia, surgeon Dr Dennis Choi performed the challenging procedure to close the shunt. The abdominal cavity is opened and the liver shunt identified. An ameroid ring constrictor is then carefully placed around the shunt, allowing it to close progressively over time and restore normal blood flow to the liver.

Gradual occlusion is important to prevent excessively high portal system pressure, called portal hypertension, which can result in death.

Frankie was then hospitalised for a few days and was being monitored closely.

It takes time for liver cells to regenerate and regain normal function as the shunt slowly closes in the weeks following ameroid constrictor placement.  Frankie  will continue on a hepatic diet and medications while returning for regular blood tests to monitor his recovery. Meanwhile, this sweet little boy is bright, active and happily enjoying his time at his new home!

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