Coco Surgery Fund

I met Coco in 2011. I was not want to adopt a larger dog, because I was concerned about future living situations. After meeting with several small dogs, the shelter staff suggested that I meet Coco, who had been bouncing between shelters for three years. I was reluctant because at the time, she was 100 LBs, and most apartments in my area would not allow her as a resident. Nonetheless, the staff insisted that I would fall in love with her, and they were right :'). As soon as she walked in the room, she nuzzled under my arm, and I knew we were made for each other. I immediately adopted her and vowed to take care of her for the rest of her life.

Recently, Coco started having trouble breathing. Despite this difficulty, she retained her energy level and unbridled passion for food. After several visits to the emergency vet, we were prescribed a preliminary treatment that appeared to alleviate her symptoms short-term. However, last night, Coco suddenly started gasping for air. She was rushed to the emergency vet. When we arrived, she was purple. The vet was able to alleviate her choking, and she spent the night in an oxygen kennel with several medications to assist her breathing. The vet was also able to diagnose her with laryngeal paralysis. This condition results in a loss of control over the larynx, which eventually obstructs the airway and causes suffocation.

Fortunately, there is a surgery which can correct the obstruction. However, this condition has also resulted in pneumonia, and she cannot have the surgery until the pneumonia is treated. The vet is recommending that we keep her hospitalized until they can perform the surgery and estimate that the total cost of the surgery and hospitalization will be upwards of $6000.

So far, we have spent over $3000 on emergency and specialty veterinary services, excluding the current visit. As many of you know, we also went through a series of emergency visits with our cat, Charles, who passed away in early September. Although we are both working full-time, we are still recovering from Charles' medical bills, and will not be able to cover the cost of the surgery. While we understand that there are several worthy causes asking for donations at this time, this is our last resort to pay for Coco's life-saving surgery, and greatly appreciate any donation or support.

  • Keith Lucius 
    • $10 
    • 45 mos
  • Lia Thompson  
    • $9 
    • 45 mos
  • Jon macGill 
    • $10 
    • 45 mos
  • Dia Weickum 
    • $25 
    • 45 mos
  • Michael Arredondo 
    • $20 
    • 45 mos
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Brittany Leigh Drake 
Placentia, CA
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