Combat Vet's Service Dog Needs Treatment
Libby is 5 year old Golden Retriever, and what I found in her was that she seemed to already know what I needed. If I ask her to "block" for me she stands between me and any person I am conversing with; she alerts me when someone walks up behind me so I am not startled when approached; she finds my car when I forget where I've parked, and wakes me up when I'm having nightmares to comfort me until I can get back to sleep. Most of all she knows when I am having a panic attack and helps calm me down. She is so good at her job that now my wife knows when something is wrong or I've had a bad day because Libby just sits and stares at me, lifting my hand and urging me to pet her for comfort. Everyday Libby is selfless in her love and devotion to me, and now it is my turn to be there for Libby::.
Libby's right rear leg has suddenly become paralyzed. I took her to the vet for x-rays and found that she has an impinged nerve or nerves in her back from a slipped disk. The doctor put her on prednisone in hopes she would bounce back, but so far there has been very little improvement. Her leg drags behind her and she still needs help getting up to go out to relieve herself. Thus I have found myself in a position to ask for help for Libby. She needs physical therapy and possible surgery and I am not in a financial position to fully pay for her care. I cannot imagine my life without her nor doing all that I can for her, as she has done for me. So I am reaching out to my friends, family and dog lover community for assistance.
Her care will most likely exceed $2000 so I am asking for donations. If she responds well and does not need surgery it could be less, in which case any exceeding money will be donated to the organization: America's VetDogs the Veterans K-9 Corps www.vetdogs.org , who train dogs like Libby. Any amount ($5, $10, $20:..) is immensely appreciated and I am humbled by your support!
Please contact me if you have any questions or would like additional information
Thank you all who donated making her current treatment and consultation possible! I would like everyone to know how your donations have been spent. Libby has seen to two different specialist, had blood work done, given medication for elevated liver enzymes/other issues, two complete examinations, and an adjustment at Dr. Gigglemans office. Libby will require further treatment to help aid her throughout the recovery process so continued donations would be greatly appreciated.
A special thank you to Dr. Giggleman with Parker College Veterinary Clinic and Dr. Kathryn Sarpong with the Metro Paws Animal Hospital in Dallas, TX! The compassion you have for animals shows through your work and I highly recommend them to anyone within FLIGHT range. That should pretty much cover anyone and everyone!
I will continue to post periodic updates as Libby recovers. If anyone has any questions or concerns please feel free to send me an email.
Libby and Matt.