Hi, this is Kyuubi (pronounced Queue-bee). She is a 14 month old Estrela mountain dog, originally from Portugal, that lives in Wales with her owner. I met Kyuubi when she was 3 weeks old and could fit in my hand like a tiny fluff ball. She spent hours napping on my hands and snuggling into them and she completely stole my heart from the start.
Kyuubi got me through one of the most difficult times in my life when I was alone, away from my family and home and without a support system, and most days the only reason I would even leave my bed was to tend to her and walk her. She is my family, my companion and I owe her more than I could ever express into words. She has made my life richer and lighter and happier just by being in it. She is the most cuddly and sweet attention - seeking little diva you could ever meet.
About a month ago (5/03/19) while out on her daily walk, she was playing in a river by her house when out of nowhere she yelped in excrutiating pain. She jumped out of the river but refused to put her right paw down. We carried her to the vets as an emergency and they told us she had a luxated hip - her right femur popped out of its socket. We were shocked this was so random, she didn't fall and we didn't see her slip.
She is insured but as the incident happened within the first 2 weeks of the policy starting, as written in the agreement, the insurance will not pay out. We managed to scrape the funds together to cover the cost of popping her hip back in (closed reduction), and understood there was a 50/50 chance of the procedure being successful. During the recovery process, we ensured that Kyuubi was on bed rest in her crate and as extra precaution, we went for a weekly visit to the vets to check on her well being and to make sure she was recovering well. Everything seemed fine until last weekend (23/03/19) on our weekly visit to the practice, the new vet we saw thought there was something wrong and asked for more X-rays.
The new x-rays show what Kyuubi's hip is still luxated and her femur is out of the socket and grinding against her hip, which is very bad for her and will require surgery to fix. The vets we use told us they offer a type of surgery called femoral head osteotomy where the cut the head of the femur, but if she had it she would never run again. Alternatively we could go to a specialist .
Kyuubi is a healthy happy go-lucky puppy that loves running, playing and jumping up and down and play - fights with her Labrador best friend and I can't bare the thought of her not being able to do the things she enjoys anymore. We will do anything in our power to make sure she runs again, so we asked to see a specialist. She has been referred to see an orthopaedic specialist next week (01/04/19), where we will be briefed on the best surgical procedure for her case.
We asked for an estimate of how much it would cost and were met with the following: "The cost of investigations and treatment can vary widely from £800-1000 for closed (non-surgical reduction) through surgical stabilisation (circa £3500) right through to total hip replacement if the damage is severe (£5800-6000)". We already know that the damage will require surgery which is ridiculously expensive.
We are trying desperately hard to round up the money to both pay for the consultation and surgery to follow by selling anything of value around the home, selling the car and working overtime. On such a small time frame we are struggling to make the cost of the consultation, let alone the surgery.
Kyuubi has her whole life ahead of her and loves to run about and play. She means everything to us and any donation big or small would be so overwhelmingly appreciated, from the bottom of our hearts. The proceeds will go towards the cost of surgery. Anything over that will go towards her recovery which will likely require physical therapy.