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Seamus is a six year old chihuahua and fiest mix. I've raised him since he was a puppy. He is protective over his mommy and does not know his own size.
Over the weekend my boyfriend and I took home a Staffordshire dog who had been removed from an abusive home. We don't know much about her story other than when the police were called to remove her no one had been living in the house with her. She has scars from having hot water poured on her. She had been doing well and getting along great that we let her play with Seamus and our Whippet.
Seamus didn't like her getting too close to me. It happened so quickly that when she big his stomach it punctured through him. I took him to an emergency vet that was unable to treat him due to what she called a sucking chest wound. They were thankfully able to locate a vet in Jacksonville able to perform the life saving surgery on him. Seamus was very lucky there wasn't excess air to remove from a tube outside his lungs. He has cracked ribs that led up into his tail, a hole through his stomach where he needed stitches.
The vet recommended I take him to his primary vet in Gainesville for pain management. Unfortunately he is running a fever and his pain level is too high for them to care for him. He is currently in UF small animal hospital on a pain drip and tests are being run to make sure he hasn't sustained further compliance. He has fluids peeking out. He has gone through so much already from surgery to not make it through now. He needs to pull through the recovery process. His family needs the little tough boy.
He does wag his tail and limp over to his family when we visit him. He doesn't understand why this happened to him. It is devastating to hear his little cry needing to be touched.
[UPDATE 9/20/16 FROM Lauren F.]: Seamus went home from Icu on Friday with plans for a check-up Monday. Seamus wasn't eating for the vets and wanted to be at home with his family. He was happy and cheerful as he could be. He didn't like his granny placing a hot compress on him, but he enjoyed walking around his room and could even jump on the rocking chair by Monday morning. Unfortunately, he started panting heavily which indicated he is having difficulty breathing. Seamus suffered cracked ribs and a sucking chest wound only to have fluid surrounding his lungs now from a bacteria infection.
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