Qpit Gets Lifesaving Surgery Thanks to HAV Supporters
The story is told by Misty, Qpit's best friend.
“About 7 years ago, my neighbor saw someone throw a dog out of the car at a park. He knew that I was an animal lover and so I took her in for safety and shelter. It was Valentine’s Day so I named her “Qpit” (Cupid).
She had obviously been abused. Her teeth were all busted and I had to have 8 teeth removed. She was terrified around brooms or tools (still is) and it took me years before I could get her into a car.
I’ve worked with her for years on overcoming her fears and now she is a wonderful dog! She loves to lie on the couch and watch television and enjoys playing with her sister. She’s my baby and I don’t know what I’d do without her.”
For a few years, Qpit would bleed from moles on her tummy. It would last for a few days and then stop. I’ve had a few moles removed over the years, but they recently gave me a quote of $1,200 to provide the full treatment. I’m on disability and as hard as I tried to save, I couldn’t reach the necessary goal.
Then, the bleeding got really bad. Qpit had a mass hanging about 3 inches down off her belly and it was bleeding so profusely, that we had to be with her at all times just to keep up with it. I realized that if we didn’t do something for her, she probably wouldn’t survive the next few days.
Without the help of generous Hearts Alive Village supporters, my baby wasn’t going to live. Thankfully, the rescue stepped in to help just in time.
We took her to the Emergency Vet. Her blood count was down to 13 and they said she had internal bleeding and couldn’t be saved. But I know my baby and I knew this wasn’t an internal bleed. We got her over to Legacy and they diagnosed her with a type of skin cancer and anemia caused by the cancer.
They removed the tumor which was in her mammary area, and she began to bounce back. Her blood count is now up to 45 and the vet said my Qpit is a total rockstar!
She had a setback about a week after the surgery and had to go back in so they could clean up the wound and re-stitch it. She’s on prednisone right now and an immunosuppressant but, she’s doing so much better.
She’ll need to stay out of the sun and wear a shirt when she goes out to protect her skin, and she’s got a few more tumors they’ll remove once she’s stronger. She wants her belly rubbed which is something she hasn’t asked for in a long time.”
-Misty, Qpit’s Best Friend
Become a Hero for Animals Like Qpit
Thanks to you, animals like Qpit are saved each and every day from sad fates. At Hearts Alive Village, we believe in the power of coming together as a community to help each other and in these times, we need our neighbors’ help now more than ever.
There will be many more dogs and cats across the region in desperate need of a helping paw, and we will give them the help they need, thanks to the heroes who support our mission.
With that in mind, we created a very special program called the Hearts Alive Heroes – a dedicated group of monthly givers on a mission to make a difference in the lives of animals in Las Vegas.
Your monthly donation will go to feed, vet, and care for animals in need – and provides funds we can rely on each and every month to help the pets looking to us for care.
But it’s not a one-way street. We want you to feel empowered and proud when you become a Hearts Alive Hero. Here’s what you can expect when you join:
- A Hearts Alive Heroes-only quarterly newsletter delivered to your inbox, updating you on the lives your helping to protect
- A one-time thank you gift so you can show off your support to friends and family! Choose from a tote bag (1) or magnet decal (2) with the Hearts Alive Heroes logo.
- A 10% discount on Hearts Alive Village branded merchandise in our Pet Supply Store and online
- A downloadable Pet First Aid Manual so you can be ready if disaster ever strikes
- And most importantly… the knowledge that you are protecting animals
Thank you for becoming a Hearts Alive Hero – we need heroes in our community now more than ever.