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Nikki, a Service Dog, has a serious spinal nerve injury. She traveled to a city over 3 hours away and spent 2 days in the Hospital getting a CT and Dye contrast scan 4//9/18 at a cost of $1200.00+ the scaan did not show any bone involvment it was read by both a specialist and a radiologist. 

Nikis next test is a MRI to determine soft tissue and nerve involvement. This requires her to travel to Washington State to a Neurologist in Seattle. This cost will be an additional $2500-3000.00
We have only started to raise the funds we need, she needs your help to keep going, we are  useing a charge account to cover her costs so far, but will have to pay it off, so we are asking for your help.

Nikki is a disabled companion to a puple heart amputee and is a hard worker. The surgery cost and hospital will be approximately $10,000.00+.  Nikki is currently on two pain killers to get her through her days. 
Nikki is otherwise a very healthy, happy working do.g and not ready to retire and I am not willing to let her go ,she has many years ahead of her.

Nikki is a Service Animal Association  (501c(3)) certified service dog and has been a working dog helping me her entire life now she needs my help. Nikki twisted her neck  while playing and went down in pain. She was in the hospital in Missoula MT waiting arrangements for her CT Scan. She is home on strong pain relievers waiting the arrangements to travel to Seattle WA.
You cannot put a price on Nikki's value as a working dog.
               Nikki is priceless and deserves your help.
If there are excess funds raised, it will be donated to the Service Animal Association and Service Animals for You the non profit that trains the dogs for disabled individuals.
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We are in contact with the vet neuro specialist in Seattle WA and will speak to the doctor this week about Nikki's MRI and procedure scheduling. She is comfortable on medication and can go for short walks with us now. She has to remain quite to avoid a attack of the spasms that cause severe pain. I will keep you updated this week on the plans for her travel to Washington.
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Please go re-read the story and see the updated photos of Nikki. Her back had to be shaved for the contrast dye injection and her leg is bandaged from her IV. Her scan did not show the problem we have to go for a MRI in Seattle WA Nikki is waiting for her arrangements to see the Nero specialist. Keep her in your hearts. I will keep you all updated.
Now a very special thank you to the Gillespi Family in Great Falls for putting me up in their home during Nikkis 2 day hospital stay. And to the Herbert Family who sent a check directly to us for help with Gas for the trip.
Our costs so far are over $1300,00 for her scan and meds. We will not give up on her , We will find the problem and get it fixed. Please share our link with everyone you know and ask them to also share her story. Thank You all Nikki sends her love.
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Nikki is back home until her CT Scan this Monday. She is on strong pain pills anti inflammatory steroids and mussel relaxers
She is still in a lot of pain and stiff but at least she is in her home which is less stress than hospital. We will travel to Great Falls where the scan machine for Veterinary use is. The scan then goes to a radiologist for diagnosis
Based on the findings surgical intervention will be scheduled either back in Great Falls or at the Vet teaching hospital Washington State University in Pullman WA
Nikki has been accepted as a patient at WSU
The travel will be hard on Nikki since it is mountains and two lane winding highway, imagine trying to be stable and not stress your spine for 3-4 hour trip
Thank you all for your support she is an amazing Service Dog and since she can’t wear a collar I will attach a chest strap to her working jacket to use for her leash.
Check back often for updates and share her story
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We have contacted Washington State University Veterinary Hospital in Pullman WA they will accept Nikki as a patient if Great Falls can’t get to her quickly
Meanwhile she is in local vet hospital tonight and the house is very empty and lonely without my girl
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