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On April 15, 2016, Tessa became very ill. She had pyometra, or infection of her uterus. She had to go to the veterinary school at the University of Guelph and have emergenncy spay surgery. She recovered beautifully! Here are the posts we made about Tessa's experience. (Timeline is backwards because that's the way it posted on our What's New page. April 15th is at the bottom of the page.


May 26, 2016

5 weeks post emergency spay surgery, 19 year old Tessa looks wonderful!
THANK YOU Ontario Veterinary College Surgery Team in Guelph and Dr. Cathy Emms,
Ivy Veterinary Services, you saved our beautiful girl's life!

May 5, 2016

New video posted of Tessa (and Ussuri) 16 days after her surgery for an infected uterus. She is doing really well!
Go see!

Photo courtesy of Mary Barros

May 3, 2016

This is Tessa today, 16 days after her surgery, coming to say hi at the fence. She is recovering REALLY well!

April 28, 2016

Update on Tessa - It's been ten days today since Tessa had her surgery. She still has some tender moments
and is cautious of her movements, but is coming along wonderfully. Her appetite is back to normal and she
is putting on some weight again. These pictures were taken this morning. Thank you to all our friends for your wonderful thoughts and encouraging words.

April 20, 2016

Tessa is recovering well at home. She says thanks for all the well wishes and chuffs!

April 19, 2016

All of us at Bear Creek Sanctuary, would like to give a most sincere and grateful thank you to the following extraordinary group of people..... Dr. Cathy Emms, our family veterinary who originally started to treat and
then diagnosed Tessa. Dr. Emms then contacted the next group of extraordinary people at the
Ontario Veterinary College Surgery Team in Guelph..... Surgeons - Dr. Ameet Singh (faculty),
Dr. Katie Hoddinott (resident), Dr. Jacqueline Scott (resident), and Dr. Shannon Wainberg (Intern). Anesthesiologist's - Dr. Alex Velvarde and Dr. Ben Liao. Exotic Medicine Dr. Dale Smith.
We would also like to thank Rae-Lee,our contact person at OVC, for assisting us through this time.
Here are a few photos from the surgery room.
Have a wonderful day everyone!


April 18, 2016

Tessa is currently in surgery, please keep her in your thoughts. This surgery is extremely expensive, if you can
help us take care of our beautiful girl with a donation please visit our Donations page.

Tessa being prepped. Mary is on the right.

After surgery prep, heading to OR

On the way to the OR, Mary is on the right.

April 15, 2016

We have some upsetting news.

Tessa, one of our Siberian tigers, has pyometra. (Her uterus is infected.) Because of her age (19 years) our extraordinary veterinarian, Dr. Cathy Emms, has done bloodwork on Tessa and that has shown that there are no signs of organ failure and she is in pretty good shape. That means she is a good candidate for surgery.

There will be several board certified surgeons doing the surgery. Our appointment is Monday.

There will be additional charges for post surgery medications, as well as the medications she has received so far.

Many of our friends had helped us through our battle with wolf Nequa and his illness of blastomycosis.
(Nequa is doing quite well and will be off of his medications next month as a test run.) He has been
on medications since June of last year.

We are asking if you would consider a donation towards Tessa, for her surgery and her recovery. We will keep everyone posted throughout the day Monday from the time we leave until after the surgery.

Donations can be made here.

Thank you for your kindness!