Please Help Cruz Play Again


Woof! (Hi!),  I'm Cruz, the Bernese Mtn. Dog.  I just turned two and am a very happy puppy, but something has been wrong with my gait for some time now.  I kinda walk and play 3-legged and am in pain alot.  My "mom & dad" took me to my doctor for x-rays.  Berners (as Bernese Mtn. Dogs are called) are susceptible to a lot of genetic problems with hips, knees and elbows.  My regular vet said my left hip looked suspect and I might need left hip replacement surgery (the dreaded Hip Dysplasia!).  So, off to the surgical center I went for further tests and diagnosis.  Well....., the surgeon agreed that I don't have great hips, but the issue causing my lameness is two bad knees!  I have weak ligaments in both knees - also known as Cruciate Disease.  The left crancial cruciate (-big scary words for me to understand!) one has already fully ruptured and the right one is partially ruptured.  So now, instead of the hip replacement, I need knee surgery asap.  The surgery is called a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)...more scary words!  The surgery for both knees is $8,000.  Then after a 3-4 month rehab, I should be back to my young playful puppy self.  Will you please help my "mom & dad" fund my surgeries so I can play again?  They love me very much and are very sad for me.  I hope we can make them smile when they can see me playing pain free once again. Thank you and big doggy kisses for helping.
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Terri Smith 
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Camarillo, CA
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