Care for Kerbe!

DIAGNOSIS: T10-T11 intervertebral disc extrusion

SURGICAL PROCEDURES: A hemilaminectomy was performed to remove disc material that was pressing up on the spinal cord.

COST: $6,200. 

The campaign amount of $6,500 reflects the final charges for the operation which was $6,200.00, and part of the GoFund me Admin fees.

Any donation you can make will help me to pay back the 3 Angels who so lovingly put their credit card on the line for the $3,000 deposit to admit him to emergency surgery and the $3,200 for his release back into my care.

What happened:
On January 3rd Kerbe suddenly developed partial paralysis in his back legs. It was discovered he had a narrowing of the intervertebral space between T10 & 11 which was impacting the spinal cord. Within 4 days he had lost complete control of his back legs and had developed a severe bladder infection from not being able to toilet. He required a urinary catherter and was put on a drip. It was absolutely heartbreaking to watch his rapid decline, and for him to not be able to walk or wag his tail anymore.

On Monday January 8th he was rushed to the Animal Emergency Services  and Veterinary Specialist Services in Carrara. A Myelogram confirmed Kerbe had been affected by the rupture of an intervertebral disc which had lead to the contents of the disc squashing the spinal cord in the spinal canal. This required back surgery.

A hemilaminectomy was performed. This is where the side of the spinal canal is removed to allow surgical removal of the compressive disc material, thereby taking the pressure off the spinal cord.

Although the pressure has been removed, the recovery of spinal function can be highly variable with it taking 3 weeks to 3 months to walk again. It will be a gradual process and my hope is that he will return to normal or near normal function and not have any ongoing neurological deficits and dysfunction.

He does require ongoing medication, physiotherapy, nursing and revisits, but I am reaching out to have just the cost of his operation covered.

This amount of $6,500 reflects the final charges for the operation which was $6,200.00,  and the GoFund me Admin fees.

This is thankfully less than the first estimation of $9,500, plus Admin.

Any donation you can make will help me to pay back the 3 Angels who so lovingly put their credit on the line for the $3,000 deposit to admit him to emergency surgery   and the $3,200 for his release back into my care. 

Wishes for Kerbelicious:
Kerbe and I have this ritual everytime I come home where he meets me at the door and we race each other to my bed and have a cuddle frenzy. It automatically shifts my energy from whatever has transpired, brings me back to what’s important, us, and has been the highlight of every day for 8 years. I don’t get that kind of unbridled love and affection and enthusiasm for my company from anyone else. 

I look forward to getting back into our routine once this new one of rehabilitation has come to pass. And I can't thank you enough for helping me to relieve the financial burden of this highly emotional experience. Thank You!

Big Love & Kudos to all your caring hearts X


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Kita Melinda 
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