Please Help With Mr. Dickens Road To Recovery ❤️✨


My beautiful 11 year old French Bulldog Mr. Dickens needs everyone’s help.

Mr. Dickens started to walk unusually strange and began to have ataxia in his hind legs with his hind right foot knuckling over whilst trying to stand and walk.

After consultation with a specialist here in Brisbane Dickens underwent an anaesthetic to have a CT/Myleogram scan performed. As some of you may know anaesthetic procedures for brachycephalic dogs is very high risk due to their compromised airways. So you can imagine my relief when he successfully recovered from this procedure and only required one nights stay in the specialist hospital. Dickens is one strong soul!

I am beyond excited to have him back home but watching the neurological deficits increase and his mobility decline is absolutely devastating. In just a few days he has become so unsteady on his back legs that he now slips over when he tries to stand or walk.  He looks to me with such confusion and it is heartbreaking. Thankfully the specialist does not believe he is in any pain.

His CT/Myleogram scan was extremely confronting and hard to digest. My beautiful stoic furbaby has been diagnosed with multiple spinal issues.

They are as follows:
Marked LS degenerative changes including
- Cranial end plate fragmentation, suspect developmental diseased; Osteochondrosis dissecans
- Moderate to marked degenerative disease and spondylosis deformans is noted
- Moderate to marked intervertebral disc protrusion
- The combination of these three changes cause marked cauda equina and L7 nerve root
- Suspect LS instability given the degree of degenerative changes
- Mild T13-L1, L1-2 intervertebral disc protrusions with minimal to mild extradural spinal cord compression
- T7-8 congenital vertebral abnormalities without significant spinal cord compression
- T2-3 intervertebral disc protrusion without spinal compression

To sum it up he has multiple disc protrusions some compressing his spinal cord and other important spinal nerves, several hemivertibraes and it is all made worse by an abnormal spine. 

He has been diagnosed with apparent IVDD.

Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) is a spinal disease seen in dogs. It results in changes in the discs and can ultimately lead to disc herniation and spinal cord compression and paralysis.

With no other option deemed appropriate, Dickens is booked in for what has been classed as ‘MAJOR’ spinal surgery on the 13th of April 2020 . He will be undergoing spinal decompression and concurrent fusion where a plate will need to be placed into his thoracic spine.

He will require desexing at the same time as he also has recently developed an enlarged testicle from what appears to be a Sertoli tumour. We adopted him whole at 6yrs old and had no intention to breed him and due to his age and brachy airways our local vet was happy to monitor with regular checks of his testicles and prostate.. 

The CT scan and hospital stay alone have unfortunately totalled $3,672, (this excludes $764 at our local vet for their own testing and $212 for the initial specialist appointment). I have been quoted a minimum estimate for surgery which includes only five days in hospital for $8,451, which does not include ongoing physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

Unfortunately I do not have pet insurance and have been advised that as this condition would be seen as a 'pre-existing degenerative condition' it would not be covered.

I would very much appreciate it if everyone could please take the time to send all your love and Good Luck Dickies way and if at all possible would you please consider a donation to assist with the amount required financially. Any amount shared will be an amazing support and huge help for him. It will be a long road to recovery for little Dickens but we will fight together with all that we have.

I would also like to say that I understand that the current climate has not been very kind to a lot of people and COVID-19 has been a struggle for everyone. I am not one to usually ask for help let alone financial help, but I am unfortunately not in the best position after being diagnosed with a debilitating condition that required me to be off work for more than two years. To make life for Dickens and I a little more interesting - I am due to return to reduced capacity the Monday prior to his surgery. Timing has not been on our side.

If you are not able to donate, may I please ask that you send all your positive well wishes Dickies way, as he is my everything. I have only had him in my life for four years but it has been the best four years and I sincerely hope that we have many more to share together. His best friend Zoe (an RSPCA puppy farm rescue) also needs more than anything for her mate to be ok.

Thank you all again.


55900884_16178661114645_r.jpeg Dickens & Zoe ❤️

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Renee McCarthy 
Alexandra Hills QLD
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