Who is Buster?
Buster is a 6 year old Terrier/shih tzu mix, in the prime of his life. He spends his time napping, chasing tennis balls, and growling at animals on the TV. Before his diagnosis, he was proficient at jumping and chasing crows away from our property. He also enjoyed Mexican Fiestas from time to time.
After the new year, Buster began to walk slowly with his tail between his legs. We took him to the vet on January 15th, where he was treated for inflamed glands in his posterior. He did not recover.
On the 19th, we went back to the vet, who ordered x-rays, and reported back to us that his intestines were inflamed, along with an air bubble stuck in his stomach. Buster was treated with an anti-inflammatory and a dog's version of advil. Buster showed some improvement at first. After 2 weeks, his pain meds were gone, and his symptoms returned.
With Buster's condition getting worse, we went back to the vet who noticed nerve damage in his back legs. He recommended and performed chiropractic therapy along Buster's spine three times. Buster cried out loudly each time. Although we didn't know it then, chiropractic care for his condition should not be performed by any vet. After the therapy, he tried to walk toward me, but couldnt move his back legs at all. He was completely paralyzed from the waist down.
Buster has been diagnosed with Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD). This disease is common among his breed due to their long body and short legs. In order to get Buster back on all fours, he will need an MRI, spinal surgery, and 6+ weeks of physical therapy.The total cost of these procedures ranges from $7,000-$10,000 along the course of 6-12 months. As a full-time college student, these costs are nearly impossible to afford.
For those of you that don't know Buster, he is the kindest, gentlest dog that, if you let him, would do nothing but lick your face all day. He has filled my life with love and happiness, and is undoubtedly the Prince of our family. I don't know what we would do if we lost him at such an early stage in his life.
We need your help. No donation is too small. If you can't participate financially a link share to your friends and family is greatly appreciated.
Any extra money raised will go to the Seattle Humane Society.
Also, to learn more about IVDD you can go to:
The many adventures of Buster!
4th of July Party, demanding to be held by our friends:
He's our little model pup:
He loves that froggy:
This is how he demands attention:
Prince Buster sits upon his throne:
After the Incident:
3rd day of cage rest, first time he was able to pee entirely (what a relief!):
Always willing to give mommy kisses:
First day on his meds :(
Thank you for your time and donations. Every penny is appreciated! Stay tuned for updates on Buster's progress.
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