In July 2020, French Bulldog Village took in an exceptional pup when he was only 2 days old. We named him Conrad. Conrad’s breeder immediately realized that he was going to be a special case and did the right thing by calling us to surrender him. Conrad was surrendered to us because he had anal astresia. Anal atresia is a congenital abnormality in which there is no opening at the end of the digestive tract, where the anus normally is. It is part of a wider spectrum of abnormalities involving the anus and last part of the bowel, the rectum. Conrad was rushed to the hospital as soon as he came into our care.
After showing some promise, Conrad began experiencing complications. Conrad began defecating from other orifices. After a contrast study, it was discovered that he also had a severe pelvic urethral fistula. These are the only issues we could see in the contrast study, but there very well could have been more unseen issues. His doctors concluded that even if we attempted surgery, he would not survive. He also would require numerous follow up surgeries. He would have been fecal and urine incontinent and prone to infections and sepsis. We felt that the kindest thing to do was to let Conrad be at peace. We wish we could have done more, but his quality of life was in question. We didn't want him to suffer.
RIP sweet Conrad. You were loved by so many in your short life and although you are gone, you will never be forgotten.