Shazam suffered a devastating injury this morning, 4/21/17. Shazam was shot twice and he's in need of specialized reconstructive surgery to repair the damage to his hard palate and jaw.Initial Emergency Treatment
Shazam has already received emergency surgery at Stoneridge Animal Hospital this afternoon for one entry and one exit wound on the side of his head and below his shoulder.
Shazam's family brought him to Cornell Animal Hospital this evening.
From his DVM in Rochester: He may have a broken lower jaw and has a lot of damage to his hard palate (roof of his mouth) There is a lot of damage so a lot of work is needed. Cornell needs to perform a CT scan of his head to determine the extent of his wounds and from there repair the damages.
He is stable at this point but his mouth is a mess.
He will need a lot of pain medications and antibiotics and rest but he should pull through.
In a phone consultation with Cornell University Hospital for Animals in Ithaca, NY, from Stoneridge Animal Hospital, the very approximate estimate was in the area of $3500 to $5000 just for the tests and procedures and does not include any of the hospital care, overnites or medications needed.
Shazam's owner has just purchased a new home in the last month and funds are tight. He has managed to get together about $2000 to cover Shazam's urgent care. The bill with his surgery this afternoon and overnite care waiting for surgery has already surpassed that amount.
Frank, Shazam's Dad, said Shazam made the 2 hour trip fairly well. Shazam's pain medication began to wear off as they arrived. Cornell immediately took him in and is now controlling his pain and keeping him comfortable for the night. Cornell will be doing a CT scan in Saturday morning to fully evaluate the damage and give a full estimate of expenses.
Frank, Shazaam's owner, his family and extended family are devastated watching him go through this. As with many of us, their dogs are part of the family.
Frank explained that as they rushed him in for emergency treatment earlier today, Shazam walked into the hospital on his own and just sat down, waiting for his care. The staff has said he's a very sweet boy who has been nothing but happy and cooperative through it all.
The first picture you see of Shazam, he is just being woken up after his shoulder surgery to prepare him for his trip to Cornell. What a happy fellow he is, even after surgery.
The pictures following, show the entry and exit wound where the emergency surgery already has been done and you can see both have been repaired and stitched closed. The head and mouth wounds show the entry and exit and all the damage to his mouth including the extensive damage to the roof of his mouth, loss of teeth, a possibly broken jaw and probably a lot of things we can't see. The picture of the two dogs smiling laying on the floor are Shazam, on the left and his brother Bobo, on the right, before today.
We have no funds left in the till to assist in this surgery after numerous ones you have donated to help us assist with. Shazam cannot be discharged until the bill is paid in full and right now, we have no idea if he will be there a day, a few days or a week. We need your help to raise the money to keep Shazam part of Frank's family.
Please help this happy pup and his owner and family that love him more than we can even begin to describe.
Every dollar helps and no amount is too small to make this all possible.
Frank called from Cornell to tell us they will be updating him with what the CT scan shows and the official estimate. Once we have all that information we will post an update.
Thank-you for caring and being there for them.