Zelda is fighting for her life against a nice combo of pancreatitis, aspirated vom—she's nastier than she looks—and pneumonia. It looks like she's winning, but the vet said she'd never seen a dog go septic this fast from pneumonia, so she isn't out of the woods! She's been through hell, and it has cost sacks of borrowed, stolen, and promised lucre. $2,609 to be exact, which includes estimates for the follow-up treatments to come in the following month and a half. Even if it hadn't come at a particularly bad time, her treatment still cost 13% of my 2017 income, and the bills are currently unpaid or paid with borrowed funds from people who don't really have the money to spare. The funds will go to pay for: an opiate injection, a steroid injection, cough suppressant/hydrocodone pills, three different antibiotic pill prescriptions, a fourth nebulized, breathable antibiotic, multiple courses of a fifth I.V. antibiotic, multiple potassium and 50% dextrose I.V. drips, oxygen treatments, coupage (chest pounding), rides on an electric “jiggle plate” to loosen infection, four to five courses of chest and abdominal X-Rays, two nights of night boarding, one day of day boarding, walks, food, and . . . probably something else I’m forgetting.
Lastly I want to say: fire your vet and go to Riverside Vet Clinic across from Alliance Brewery in South Knox. These women are complete angels, of which I've never seen the like. I'm considering switching to Dr. Wulforst as my primary care physician myself. And she might be able to arrange a ride on the jiggle plate for the biggest donor.
UPDATE: I raised the goal from the original to cover the slice that GoFundMe takes out and because one of the grants we were counting on didn't come through. There is also a small buffer added meant to cover any unforseen costs not covered in the estimates for upcoming care. Anything we raise beyond the costs of care for this emergency will be donated directly to Dylan's Hearts and Lovie's Legacy Veterinary Assistance, two organizations that help in-need folks with vet bills!
Click here for: a video of Zelda in the Cone of Shame.
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