GH-1159 Wrigley

Meet Wrigley, who is doing great in his GoldHeart foster home, where we anticipate he will reside and thrive for several months.

He was just 9 weeks old when surrendered to GoldHeart on July 22, and he was given to rescue because one or more expensive surgeries were anticipated for this little guy. At arrival, we were told that his penis could be extruded through the opening, but the opening is abnormally small. He had a PH level of 8 in his urine (his give-up owner’s vet thought it should be much lower). Only one testicle could be found and information received was he had Struvite Crystals and a Urachal Diverticulum that will need to be repaired. GoldHeart realized Wrigley could be facing several thousand dollars in medical bills and with Covid-19 restricting our ability to participate in normal fundraising activities, we sought support from our membership and friends to help us get whatever this little guy needs. The response and donations came pouring in for this adorable guy – thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Wrigley thanks you too!


9-26 Update: Look how much this adorable guy is growing! (See latest pictures below,  with his Foster Sister keeping a loving watchful eye over him too.) His Foster Mom advises that Wrigley is still leaking and dribbling quite a bit. His vet team at Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital will perform renal biopsies as the next step. Prior to those, they will recheck full blood work, coagulation panel, and a urine specific gravity. Before anesthetizing him for the procedure, his vets will also likely recheck a focal urinary ultrasound to see what his kidneys are looking like too. These invasive diagnostic procedures will land around $2,200, and while this is not a treatment, the hope is it will help us figure out Wrigley’s renal status and potential prognosis. Barb (GH’s President) and Wrigley’s foster mom will take him down to Matthew Ryan on October 19, where he will spend the night. They will do the procedure on October 20 –  Please keep all those positive thoughts coming in for adorable Wrigley – Thank you!

9-10 Update: Wrigley’s recent urine culture came back negative for bacteria, so that’s good.  But, he is spilling protein into his urine.  Matthew Ryan at UPenn wants samples for a Urine Protein to Creatinine analysis, which involves taking urine samples over 3 days.  This will be done by his foster mom Sat, Sun, and Mon, with samples taken in for testing Monday the 14th. Depending on the results, Wrigley will either proceed with the proin trial or go directly to the cystoscopy or even a kidney biopsy.  Please continue to send positive thoughts for Wrigley, and huge thanks to his awesome Foster Mom!.

8-15 Update: 

Wrigley is now under the care of Internal Medicine at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital, University of Pennsylvania. After a thorough exam, blood work, radiographs and ultrasound we got very good news that the original diagnosis of urachal diverticulum was not evident. The Matthew Ryan vets also felt that Wrigley’s small genitalia were consistent with a puppy his age. There were no crystals found in Wrigley’s urine. His bladder also looked normal during the exam, and no stones were found in either his distal urethra or kidneys. The vets are also not as concerned about his urine pH (previously we were told it was 8), and they advised it is just a bit higher than normal (normal = 7). That being said, he is an intact male dog, so being a little bit higher/alkaline/basic is to be expected – more good news.

They did not yet locate the second testicle, but were not concerned about that due to his young age. For his kidneys and incontinence issues, we are in a treatment (antibiotics for his UTI), wait and see approach..  Here are some pictures of Wrigley after getting shaved for his recent procedures – what a wonderful foster sister he has!

Thanks to the recent outpouring of generosity from so many members and friends of GoldHeart, we are now confident we can meet Wrigley’s current and ongoing medical needs. Your donations and ongoing support, make it possible for us to help dogs like Wrigley, our other Long Term Foster Dogs, and also ensure we meet the needs of other dogs coming into our rescue.  All donations are sincerely appreciated!

You can donate to GoldHeart on line, or if you prefer, mail a check to P.O. Box 394 Chester MD 21619.  GoldHeart GRR, Inc, is a 501(c)3 all volunteer nonprofit organization. Your donation is deductible for income tax purposes consistent with IRS rules and regulations.

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