Anabelle needs spinal surgery

On Sunday, March 29th, 2020 - I woke up to my Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Anabelle, walking slow and shaking uncontrollably. A couple of hours later - she couldn't walk on her left hindquarters and was dragging her foot. I immediately took her to the vet who diagnosed her with a slipped disk (IVDD) and while Anabelle has a history of IVDD - I still felt something was wrong on Monday, March 30th, so I called my normal vet to have an x-ray done. 

I took Anabelle in today to see my normal vet, and it was discovered calcium buildup in between L1-2. It was recommended that I see a specialist for the possibility of surgery. 

Several hours later, I ended up at VCA Animal Hospital, where I paid $1500 of the $1800 (remaining $300 will be paid by me on April 10th) for an MRI to discover it was more severe than anticipated. She has a bulging disk that is putting pressure on other vertebrae. Meaning, she can become fully paralyzed in the back end at any point without the surgery. I've maxed my credit cards (including my care credit) out and borrowed money from family to pay for the MRI. 

In addition, due to COVID-19, my job decided to furlough (temporarily lay people off) or force a pay deduction...I fell underneath the latter which has resulted in almost $400 dollars less a month.  I am asking for assistance in helping pay for the surgery and the quicker it can be done, the better for Anabelle being able to recover. 

The speciality vet stated that she has a 80-90% chance for recover with the surgery versus 50-70% without. 

In addition, I have reached out to several organizations to see about assistance in helping pay for this. I will literally pay as much as humanly possible towards it. 

The current estimate for surgery is $3,465.33 to $3,811.86.

Here is the quote from the vet. 



  • Kyra Shidler 
    • $35 
    • 5 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $10 
    • 5 mos
  • Liz Culbertson  
    • $40 
    • 5 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 5 mos
  • Mary Meek 
    • $60 
    • 5 mos


Megan Riffey 
Maxwell, IN
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