Speedo Man's Medical Fund

$1,075 of $2,700 goal

Raised by 30 people in 30 months

Ray and I adopted a kitten from a shelter that was going to be put to sleep. His name is Speedo and he is a 1 year and 6 months old now. Speedo was born with what was thought was Swimmers Syndrome- a condition where the animal's legs are splayed. But after much therapy and no improvement, the doctors thought he had a breached birth and that maybe, soon after being born someone stepped on him and damaging his legs and spine. Despite all this Speedo is in no pain at all and gets around fine and is even able to run. The decision to euthanize him was made due to a potenially small pool of people interested in adopting a special needs kitten. We could not let this happen and took him in. Since day 1 he has been a joy!

Sadly, Speedo is now experiencing recurring bowel and unrinary problems. He is a unique case for the veterinarians due to his condition and every case sets a new presedent for his doctors. Since late October, Speedo has suffered through 2 bad cases of constipation and is on a life long treatment of Lactulose. Speedo now is battling what we think is a urinary infection.  All his tests came back negative for bacteria but he is on antibiotics and we are observing him closely.

We are at a point that we have depleted our savings since Speedo has no pet insurance due to his pre-existing condition. We would be very grateful for any help you can provide to help him. Speedo has another follow up visit to the vet on 12/31/15 since he has not improved much and this will cost at least $450.00. We are trying to raise $2700.00 to help cover his trips to the ER, test and medications. Speedo is also facing surgery on January 14 since a mass was foun in his abdomen. The veterinarian does not know what the mass is but suspects a granuloma. The vet estimates the surgery will cost $1,500 in addition to the $1,200 we already spent on the Emergency Room visits. 

Your help will mean so much to us as Speedo means the world to us. If you ever had an animal that your rescued and gave him the care and love despite his special needs you know what we mean. He is a joy to have around, is very spunky and willful yet very affectionate. He deserves a chance at a healthy life!
We thank you in advance, Ana and Ray.

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Yesterday was a whirlwind day with Speedo and he had his follow up with his vet. As we mentioned, the mass in his abdomen has grown a bit but instead of going in blindly and operating on Speedo, his vet called for an Ultra Sound. No kidding, there were 2 veterinarians and 5 assistants in the room with Speedo. It took all their man and brain power to figure out what the mass is! And it's his bladder!! Speedo's insides are not like any other cats' and some of his organs are not where they are supposed to be. The good news is that we now have a baseline for future treatments and surgery has been avoided. On the downside, he is has an increased risk for kidney failure and his life expectancy is shorter- 8 to 10 years. His treatment protocol has been tweaked and we are now treating the kidneys and not just the bladder for inflammation. He had an anti-inflammatory medication added too. What is happening is that due to his incontinence and inability to completely empty his bladder, the urine back up into his kidneys causing urinary re-flux. The new medication should help with that, lessen the inflammation and help him pee better and more often. He has to be on prescription wet food too. All this of course has added to our expenses and we are hoping to continue fundraising since our savings are completely depleted. Please continue to share his fundraiser and if you can, please donate. All donations will help Speedo maintain a good quality of life free of pain and illness.
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A bit of good news! Speedo is feeling a bit better and is finally out of his play pen (or as he would call it- confinement). He is not bleeding as far as we can see and is able to hold his bladder. He is very happy to be finally out and about and be able to explore and move around as much as he wants. His appetite still leaves a lot to be desired but he is eating a bit. This afternoon he laid in his favorite sunny spot and felt well enough to try and pick a fight with his brother Doober.

Ray and I are very happy with his improvement but Speedo still has a ways to go. We still don't know what the mass in his abdomen is. Speedo has an appointment on January 14 with his regular vet to follow up and to see what the mass is and what to do about it. Speedo is facing surgery to have the mass removed and the vet estimates it will run $1,500. This is in addition to the $1,200 we spend on 3 prior emergencies. I am afraid that our savings fund is now wiped out. Please continue to share his fundraiser and if possible, consider donating if you can. Every little bit helps Speedo. Thank you again for all your support and for loving this special little guy!
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Saturday Speedo Update: It seemed that this early afternoon Speedo was a bit better. He ate a decent breakfast after some coaxing and took his medicine. The sun finally came out and we moved his play pen to his favorite sunny spot so he can bask in it. He is still passing a bit of blood in his urine and his energy in not as normal. Poor little guy needs another bath. Since he is in the grips of this infection he is having more accidents. Please continue to share his fundraiser and pray for him. If you can, please donate as every bit helps us get Speedo on to recovery and cover his upcoming surgery. Thank you all again! We are so grateful to have such wonderful friends.
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There has not been much change in Speedo since yesterday. He spends most of the time sleeping. What is concerning us now is that he is not eating much and had to be coaxed to eat. We are hoping it's a phase but are keeping a close eye on him.

He had his first bath this morning since his illness started and behaved like a champ- no crying, swatting or yelling! We are taking it as a good sign since cats love to be clean. Poor guy was so DIRTY from all the accidents and examinations!

Speedo has a long way to go and we are very worried. We are so grateful to you all!

Please consider donating to his fund or spread the word with your friends.

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Raised by 30 people in 30 months
Created December 30, 2015
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Hollie Moors
29 months ago

Sorry it could not be more at this time, We will try to send more soon ok sweetie, please stay strong ok Sending you all our prayers and positive wished Loving you XOXOXOXOOXO

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Andy Dean
29 months ago

Get well soon Speedo!!!!

$5
Linda Simeone
29 months ago

Best to you and Speedo. xox

MO
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Melissa Oelschig
29 months ago

Get well soon Speedo Man!

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Georgina Snaize
29 months ago

Get well soon Speedo!

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We wish our little wonderful friend Speedo a speedy and smooth recovery!

$10
Hollie Moors
29 months ago

Get well sweet man, Sorry I can not help more. Loving you XOXOXOXO

From Trooper the Handicapped Kitten. We sent mew something from our own donation piggy bank!

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29 months ago
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