Veterinary Bills

£555 of £200 goal

Raised by 52 people in 32 months
Meet Cedric, a 4 year old spur thighed tortoise I rehomed just last night!!! Immediately after taking him in it became clear the poor guy has suffered a prolapse of the colaca (basically his willy) that requires immediate treatment. This will involve either an amputation of the prolapsed area or re-insertion and stitching. 

Unfortunately I am not able to front the cost for this treatment alone and as this is my first pet (that I have owned for less than 24 hours!) I have no pet insurance in place, neither am I eligible for RSPCA or PDSA funding. 

Besides the obvious issue of the proplapse, Cedric appears to be in very good health (shell, weight, mouth etc) and it would be a shame to see him suffer as a result of this, when at just 4 years old, he could be looking at another 90+ years of life, provided he can get the right treatment. 

Please help me get this awesome little guy the treatment he needs. Any donations no matter how small will be greatly appreciated.
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Update 6
Posted by Miles Jelfs
30 months ago
Hello all.

Apologies for the gap between updates. Here is the latest on Cedric's progress

On Sat 10th May, Cedric went back to the Highcroft Veterinary Group who confirmed that he had made great progress and was in good health, having put on weight and regaining a healthy colour in his mouth. Happy he was in good shape, the operation to remove the prolapsed area took place that very day! The operation was a success and Cedric came home the next day.

He was a little slow in returning to his usual eating habits at first and was largely inactive during the first couple of days after the operation and so we were hesitant to post an update until he had finished his course of antibiotics and painkillers and we were sure of his progress. Sure enough, he was quickly back to his usual self and returned to the vets again on Sat 17th May for his post op check where they confirmed he had actually managed to put on more weight and was in continued good health.

Just as we were nearing the end of his medication we came home from work on Weds 28th May to find Cedric sat in a large amount of blood. He was immediately taken back to the vet where he was prescribed more antibiotics and booked a return visit to see a reptile specialist for the Monday however he continued to lose blood the following day and so we were re-booked sooner for Friday 30th instead when he was seen by one of the reptile specialists who removed a blood clot and cauterised the site. He was then provisionally booked in for a second operation for Monday 2nd June to investigate the bleeding further should this continue.

Thankfully, the bleeding did not return over the weekend and so his operation for the Monday was cancelled at the advice of the vet. We have since continued to keep a close eye on this while continuing with his course of medication. He currently only has a couple of days left of this before his treatment will hopefully be completed. At this point Cedric seems to be making great progress; again there has not been any sign of continued bleeding, he is eating properly and has been very active.

In total, the GoFundMe page generated a staggering £555 in donations. £57 of this was deducted by Paypal in fees, leaving us with a grand total of £498. His operation cost £342. Combined with consultation and medication costs (follow up meds not yet paid), his treatment thus far has totalled £445, a cost we would not have been able to cover without the incredible generosity of all of you who have so kindly donated. . This leaves us with approximately £50 which we are currently hanging onto until we are sure he is totally in the clear. The vet has also recommended we replace his current UV light soon which should cost around £25.

Once again, our deepest thanks go out to all of you and we look forward to giving Cedric many happy years in his new home :)
Update: Operation and Aftercare
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Update 5
Posted by Miles Jelfs
32 months ago
Hello all. Cedric is just back from his visit to the brilliant Highcroft Veterinary Group.

It is now confirmed Cedric will almost certainly require an amputation of the affected area, which is going to cost £350.

Unfortunately, after a full check up, it appears Cedric is currently too thin and anaemic to undergo the operation at this time. We have picked up some Reptoboost and Nutrobal suppliments to accompany an intense shake up in his diet and care with the hope he will be fit for the operation in the next 3-4 weeks.

Thank you to the wonderful staff at Highcroft and to everyone for the continued donations. Once again, all excess proceeds will be donated to charity. More info and updates to follow in due course.
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Update 3
Posted by Miles Jelfs
32 months ago
Thank you so much to everyone who has donated. The level of support from you all is overwhelming and we are very grateful.

We should have an exact cost by tomorrow but in the meantime I am confident enough money has now been raised to help Cedric on his way. Any excess proceeds will be donated to animal charities, namely the British Chelonia Group and the PDSA, however please send in any other suggestions on where you would like to see this money go.

Many thanks once again. You rule!
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Kurt Braget
31 months ago

You should definitely try to save his penis. After all, cutting off his penis will destroy his chance to do one of the things he was put here to do: reproduce. Perhaps you can sell his offspring to the donors of this campaign too :) "I saved a tortoise's penis, and all I got were his lousy babies".

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Michelle Ekin
31 months ago

Thank you all so, so much for your amazing help & support. You have no idea how grateful we are. In the week we have had him we've fallen in love with him so desperate to get him treated ASAP & you all have made it so much easier for us. Thanks again, Cedric's new mum!

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Andria Harrison
32 months ago

Don't worry Miles....I'm certainly good for a bit more and I'm sure many of the other donors are....we'll get him there - he's now a celebrity!

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£555 of £200 goal

Raised by 52 people in 32 months
Created April 17, 2014
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melissa o'brien
32 months ago

Hope Cedrics operation goes well!

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32 months ago
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32 months ago
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Pia Sylvest
32 months ago

Good Luck cute little Cedric. x

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LUCY WALKER
32 months ago

I do hope Cedric is feeling better very soon. I will say a prayer for him....... Best wishes Lucy X

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Emma Poyntz
32 months ago

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Gladders The Tortoise
32 months ago

Ouch mate! I feel for you, hope it gets sorted soon. Tortoises rock!

Kurt Braget
31 months ago

You should definitely try to save his penis. After all, cutting off his penis will destroy his chance to do one of the things he was put here to do: reproduce. Perhaps you can sell his offspring to the donors of this campaign too :) "I saved a tortoise's penis, and all I got were his lousy babies".

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Michelle Ekin
31 months ago

Thank you all so, so much for your amazing help & support. You have no idea how grateful we are. In the week we have had him we've fallen in love with him so desperate to get him treated ASAP & you all have made it so much easier for us. Thanks again, Cedric's new mum!

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Andria Harrison
32 months ago

Don't worry Miles....I'm certainly good for a bit more and I'm sure many of the other donors are....we'll get him there - he's now a celebrity!

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