Portland, Oregon. 3-year-old Rusty was outside playing a regular game of fetch with his human, Asrune, when the wooden stick accidentally poked a hole in his throat.
Rusty had a tracheal tear or tracheal perforation. It happens more frequently than you would think.
A dog just doing what dogs do, Fido gulps down that rawhide, or accidentally swallows his bone, or in this case, stick, and boom! It scrapes, tears, or cuts a hole right in his throat.
The puncture typically leaves a souvenir, like a shard of bone or a splinter. The splinter then travels through the dog’s body, usually into the chest cavity, and the results can be deadly.
The splinter traveled to Rusty’s lungs. All the bacteria from the stick caused his lungs to fill with pus. He wound up with pyothorax and could not survive without emergency surgery.
If left alone, the pus collection could cause him to suffocate as it accumulated slowly, or the dog could get sepsis, a blood infection, and die.
Either way, Rusty needed help immediately, to the tune of $14,000 or more.
Asrune needed help and exhausted her search for financial assistance. On November 22nd, she turned to the internet and created a fundraiser to assist her in paying for the surgery. Her call for help paid off.
GoFundMe; pictured above is Rusty