Members and volunteers working for the MSPCA are currently reeling from the unfortunate loss of one of their beloved dogs, who died under the knife after falling ill to Pyometra.
Shortly after Maggie, the female dog residing at the MSPCA fell ill to a preventable illness known as Pyometra, volunteers received news that Maggie did not make it through surgery.
Pyometra is a condition caused by an infection in the uterus. Known as the silent killer, it is 100% preventable through neutering.
Maggie could not be neutered earlier due to other health complications that made her a bad candidate for surgery at the time but had been cleared to receive the surgery in September. Other female dogs at the sanctuary remain to be neutered.
The Parliamentary Secretariat For Fisheries, Aquaculture And Animal Rights had recently promised a renewed scheme to help cover some of the costs for intakes to animal shelters.
“However, scepticism that this will ever happen is growing as grants for the same scheme have not been fulfilled since 2021, and more animals given to the MSPCA by Animal Welfare (AW) for rehoming still await their appointments,” the MSPCA said in a statement.
The MSPCA is trying hard to combat these costs brought into the shelter by AW, but rising veterinary costs create a challenge for shelters, to mention just one of the costs that are increasing.
“Maggie is not a young dog, putting her under anaesthesia in this state, at this stage, is risky. If we don’t go for surgery first thing in the morning, Maggie will not make it. Vet bills are also constantly on the rise and are becoming a bigger challenge for shelters to cover each year,” said a Facebook post on the MSPCA page when Maggie was still fighting for her life on Thursday.
“We urge the public to neuter their pets to prevent their suffering and unnecessary death from Pyometra, while we appeal to the public for sensitivity as we deal with yet another loss in such a short time.”
“We thank everyone who responded to our appeal for help.”
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