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!

9-10 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. If clearing up the UTI doesn’t stop the incontinence, then we will try a Proin trial to see if it is due to USMI (urethral sphincter mechanism incontinence). If that also fails to stop the incontinence, they will pursue cystoscopy (small camera introduced up the urinary tract). We are hoping surgical intervention is not needed, but only time will tell. The striations noted in his kidney are a non-specific change that can be indicative of some sort of inflammation in his kidney, such as with pyelonephritis (infection in the kidneys) or with a congenital abnormality. In the case of a congenital abnormality, this would require a biopsy diagnosis, and it’s challenging to discuss a treatment plan at this time, without a definitive diagnosis. The vets felt a congenital abnormality is considered less likely given that it is only a unilateral change, so  they wonder if he had chronic pyelonephritis that ascended to his right kidney (where the striations are located). This also could be a normal variation for him. This condition is one that must be monitored over time.  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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