It’s been four weeks since How Now arrived at Edgar’s Mission, dangerously thin, too weak to stand, eat or drink, yet somehow still miraculously clinging to life. During her initial veterinary exam, it soon became clear what had led to this dear girl’s shocking condition when X-rays revealed two metal nails inside How Now’s gizzard. The gizzard is an essential component of a chicken’s digestive tract, where hard stones and grit reside to grind down seeds. The presence of the nails in How Now’s gizzard had hindered this crucial digestive process and, even worse, one of the nails had begun to work its way through the thick muscular lining of the gizzard. The diagnosis was in — the foreign material needed to be removed and there was little time to spare.
After gaining a little strength in our care, How Now was soon in the expert hands of our trusted veterinary team, who skillfully carried out life-saving surgery to remove the nails, along with two other pieces of metal debris that were uncovered during the procedure. With the surgery complete, we knew it was still a long road to recovery for How Now with even more questions looming before us. Could her body recover from this? Had she found her way to us too late? And did she still have it within her to keep up her fight?
One thing certainly is not in question is the incredible Five Dollar Friday community that has made How Now’s journey possible. Because of their kind support, we were able to leave no stone unturned when it came to seeking out treatment options and giving How Now the best chance at a life worth living.
It’s been one week since How Now’s surgery and she is gaining strength daily. With her pain and comfort tended to, her cheeky personality is beginning to shine through. Eagerly eating her morning mash, gobbling up grapes and even beginning to explore the great outdoors – it is our hope that these glimpses of what life could become are enough to spur How Now along.
One question we know in our hearts to have been answered is, “How to save a life?” That answer being, of course, with kindness, determination, expert care and the support of a wonderful community.
For just $5 a week, you too can be part of our kind-hearted community helping to save the lives of dear beings like How Now. Find out more here.
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