Buck is my beloved 1 1/2 year old Fila who has been just been diagnosed with an urethrorectal fistula. This very rare birth defect causes urine to flow through an abnormal passage between his urethra and rectum. The bacteria from his rectum causes Buck to have recurrent urinary tract infections which cause heavy bleeding, clotting, and discomfort for him. He also passes urine out of his anus while urinating. Buck has been on antibiotics and pain medication to manage his problem for over a year but it is feared he will acquire an infection that is immune to treatment if he stays on the antibiotics for too long.
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This is a lifelong problem he has to dealt with since he was a puppy. Despite this drastic problem Buck has always been perfectly healthy otherwise. Until January the cause had been a relative mystery, but fortunately a CT scan by Dr. Boel Fransson at the Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital was able to highlight the fistula and confirm it as Buck's problem. Because the fistula is not near the prostate, and is approximately 1/4 of the size of his urethra, Buck has a terrific shot of being permanently cured if he can receive the surgery needed to close the fistula.
This surgery however is expensive ($2500-$3500 quoted) and after spending several thousand dollars on vet bills already I just do not have the money for it. I am a full-time student at the University of Idaho and also work at the University of Idaho Dairy Center. I have been trying to work as much as possible to raise money but it will take a very significant amount of time before I will be able to earn the amount of money needed for the surgery.
Any donation is a blessing and is very much appreciated. I hope that I will be able to get enough money for Buck to be able to get the surgery he needs to help him live the long, healthy, life that he deserves!
If you have any questions about Buck or his condition feel free to contact me through Facebook and I will be more than happy to answer them for you!
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