Pepper Mint's URGENT surgery!

Hello! We are Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue (SCLRR) and we desperately need your help! We need to raise $6,000 for Pepper Mint’s URGENT surgery. We have until October 24th to raise the funds.

Let me tell you a little bit about her. Pepper Mint came to us about a month ago from a high kill shelter in Los Angeles. She was dumped by her former family for some unknown reason. We could tell immediately that she needed our help. We noticed that she had blood coming out of her left nostril along with a green discharge. When she sneezes, it splatters everywhere. It looks really painful.

One of our regular vets performed head X-rays and a biopsy of the tissue inside her nostril and performed a fungal test. She is currently on two very strong antibiotics and unfortunately its not helping. We have spent over $1,000 in diagnostics so far. We decided to take her to a specialist, Dr. Rossi at Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Irvine. While it is not entirely good news, there is a cure. She was diagnosed with Aspergillosis. Dr. Rossi said it is treatable, but it requires an aggressive and invasive treatment. It is also costly!

What is Aspergillosis? It’s a fungal infection caused by Aspergillus, a species of common mold found throughout the environment, including dust, straw, grass clippings, and hay.

Step 1 - Perform blood work and chest X-rays.

Step 2 - A CT scan and a rhinoscopy under general anesthesia. This is so they can figure it out the extent of the fungal infection. Dr. Rossi said that sometimes the fungal infections is only in the nasal cavity, but many times it is also located within the blank space in her cranium, above her eyes.

Step 3 - If the infection is found in her blank space a surgeon will drill a hole thru her scalp, on her forehead and aspirate as much of the infection as possible.

Step 4 - They will push inside the sinuses/ empty space a 1% solution of clotrimazole, a topical antifungal lotion. This is infused into the nose and frontal sinuses and the nostrils are sealed. The solution incubates for an hour, during which time the patient is periodically turned to ensure the solution contacts all of the surfaces of the sinuses. At the end of the incubation period, the clotrimazole is suctioned or drained out through the nostrils.

Step 5 - She will be hospitalized for an extra day for observation.

She’s scheduled for surgery  Today! The total cost of the procedure after our 25% discount for being a registered 501c3 organization is $6,000. We are asking for your kind help in reaching our goal.
We have asked what would happen if we did nothing and Dr. Rossi advised that the infection will eventually spread to her brain and she will most likely start having seizures and affect her mobility. Worst case scenario, she can die. We cannot allow that to happen! She is only 9 years YOUNG and she’s so sweet. She is full of life, she’s a fighter and we want to fight for her. Will you please help us?
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SCLRR Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue 
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Torrance, CA
Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue 
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