Fernando is a fighter!

Fernando at his vet apptIt was not quite two weeks ago that Fernando was rushed to the hospital with pneumonia-like symptoms. Things were really touch-and-go that first night even as the best veterinary specialists cared for him and, quite honestly, they didn’t expect he would make it through the night. But Fernando is a fighter!

Yesterday Fernando had a follow-up visit with Dr. Sherrill (one of the specialists who cared for him during his stay) and she was very pleased with his progress. A new chest x-ray was taken; his airways are clear and his lungs appear back to normal.

The fact that Fernando is doing so well is a testament to the excellent veterinary care he received at the hospital. We cannot adequately express the depth of our gratitude to Dr. Bradley, Dr. Sherrill, and all of the amazing staff at VCA Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado.

What caused Fernando to become so ill? We don’t know for sure, but it is likely that Fernando had developed bacterial pneumonia, and though additional diagnostic procedures may have given us answers, they were invasive and even risky, so we chose to forgo them. There is also the chance that Fernando’s heart condition (pulmonary hypertension) had suddenly worsened or that there may have been a blood clot in his lungs, and we’ll know more about that in a couple weeks when he has an echo-cardiogram.

Fernando is currently being given the following drugs: Clavamox (antibiotic), Sildenafil (increases the blood flow in the arteries of the lungs), Gabapentin (for arthritis), and also Clopidogrel (blood thinner).

Fernando is back to his old self and so happy and loving, always wagging his tail and giving kisses. We’re so very grateful for all the prayers and positive thoughts that were sent his way … THANK YOU!

Fernando being examined by Dr. Sherrill
Fernando - day 2 in the hospital
Fernando (day 2 in the hospital)


  1. Fernando I’m glad you’re much better!! I didn’t know you were sick, Omg!! Thanks to the vets helping you!! Sending you get well wishes!! Aww poor Sweet boy. You’re a fighter!! ❤❤❤

  2. So glad the little guy is doing better. Always good to have a great vet team!
    I have a fabulous vet who is amazing and so very caring, lots of coming in at night etc. on the Colorado vet board, does acupuncture, laser, food supplements,a truly gifted man😛

  3. Bless his heart! He is so precious. I will keep praying for him.

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  4. I’m so happy that Fernando is improving. He is just the sweetest little guy. I know Harley is smiling down knowing that he sent you such a sweetheart.

  5. So thankful for Fernando’s continued improvement. Praying for continued healing

  6. Thank you ever so much for the update on little Fernando. I’m so glad he’s getting better. You so lucky to have such great vets close by. Please give the little guy a hug from me. <3

  7. Oh no, how did I miss this?! So glad that sweet baby is better…snooter kisses baby.

  8. Fernando, it is with true joy I read how well you are doing.
    It’s rime for life to bring lots of shining moments to you, while you shimmer with this love of life.

  9. Phew
    Fernando knows he has the best home ever and he will fight fight fight to stay there.

  10. So happy to hear Fernando is doing much better and back to his old self… loving and being adorable as ever. He’s a fighter just like his older beloved brother, Harley… mighty and warrior❤️❤️❤️🐶

  11. What a tough little guy. Prayers that he continues to get better. God bless all who are taking care of him and especially his human mom and dad🐾❤️🐾

  12. Great big Harley Hugs to you Fernando. You’re in the best possible home you could ever hope to be in. You are a very blessed boy now so just lay back and enjoy. Oh , and make Dan hand feed you every now and then. 😄😃😂😁

  13. Fernando IS a fighter!
    He wants to stay with his wonderful new family and to enjoy his marvelous new life, with Rudi and Dan.
    Thank you for giving Fernando something to live for…
    something worth fighting for!
    God Bless Fernando’s medical team and his loving family. ❤️

  14. So happy about the improvement he had me worried and am Thankful he had such good doctors Hugs and Kisses from Oklahoma

  15. The Good Lord cares for all his creatures. Thanks to all the vets and to his loving parents also. Fernando is in good hands.

  16. So glad he is feeling better. Just an FYI, Gabapentin is an anti-epileptic medication, also called an anticonvulsant. It affects chemicals and nerves in the body that are involved in the cause of seizures and some types of pain.

  17. So happy your doing well
    You definitely are a little fighter
    God bless 💕💕😍

  18. I am so happy Fernando is doing good, he has a great mom and dad, he also has someone watching him from Heaven, and he also has all of his new friends that Love Him. Prayers for my new friend. Love Mary Ann.💓💓

  19. Keep fighting little guy. Rudi and Dan your are such special people to do all that you are doing with this little guy and Winston…especially so soon after losing sweet Harley!!

  20. Love you sweet one, I am so happy you are doing better. Thank you to all Fernando’s caregivers. I know that Harley and my little Billy and all those across the Rainbow Bridge are looking out for you. Much love to all of you ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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