My partner and I are hoping to raise $4000 for our dog, Biggie Smalls. My dog turned 4 on the 1st of May, 2021. The week prior, Biggie had been feeling unwell and had vomited twice. On the day of his birthday, I came home to my partner telling me Biggie had thrown up again and within 5 minutes of being home, he threw up again. It had been 5 hours until he vomited again and I said to myself that if he threw up again, i'd take him to the vet.
We arrived at Yokine emergency 24-7 vet at midnight and they suspected there may be something lodged in his abdomen. They wanted to keep him in overnight to do scans and X-rays in which I had to paid $1500 before saying goodbye to him for the night.
My partner and I got home at 2am, and at 4:30am, I received a call from the vet that there was an obstruction in his small intestine and they were going to operate and depending on how bad it looked when they opened him up, the surgery was going to cost anywhere between $4-6k. I had to transfer another $1500 to secure the surgery.
I was woken up at 7am to another phone call from the vet saying that they were about to go ahead with the surgery and then Biggie had diarrhea containing mostly blood and that this was a good sign. This meant his bowels were moving and that whatever was lodged may potentially be moving. They insisted on keeping him longer to do more scans and x-ray to ensure that it was indeed moving, to rehydrate him and to do parvo and blood clotting tests.
I went and visited him that evening and he did not even recognize me because he was so dopey from the painkillers. They didn't complete the extra scans and tests and have results for me until the next morning in which I was able to pick him up. They are hoping whatever was lodged will pass naturally but I must be around to monitor him closely.
I paid $3000 upfront and had a $1500 credit because the surgery didn't go through, but after all the testing, blood tests, medication, and round the clock care, that credit quickly disappeared, and I had to pay another $988, the bill totaling just under $4000. The funds will be used to help my partner and I live for the next week or two and possibly go towards a potential operation for Biggie.
Biggie is home now and is resting but we're still not 100% out of the woods. He is being treated for intestinal infection and is on a course of antibiotics and painkillers. If his health declines, we will have to operate.
We are asking humbly for your help. I have drained my account trying to keep my baby alive. This comes on the back of my partner and I getting engaged in which he drained his account to do. I am a small business owner and feel very stressed as I am having to take off of work to monitor my boy and there is no such thing as 'sick pay' for me, unfortunately. We all are truly grateful for any and all donations. My boy is irreplaceable, and I couldn't imagine not having him around. Please go hug and kiss your animal from me, you never know what tomorrow will bring.
Lots of love,
Moose, Digby and Biggie
- Seth Reisenauer
- Louise Bibra
- Mark Ingold
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