Help pay for Hermann's Surgery

In 2018, our friend tragically passed away in his flat and circumstances were that we did not find him until a few days later. By his side was his much loved little schnauzer, Hermann, unfortunately  without any food and only a little bit of water. 

When we finally discovered the two of them, Hermann was weak and dehydrated to the point that he could not bark and barely lift his head. You could see the bones on his back. 

Liza, who had known our friend and Hermann for a long time, decided to adopt him. She took incredibly good care of him, continued his special diet, gave him love and attention, paid for acupuncture to help him deal with his trauma and got him an insurance, which he didn’t use to have. Unfortunately, after a few months, Hermann developed his first major problem, a serious infection in his testicles. It is possible this was part of the side effects of the stress from his trauma. He had to be urgently castrated to remove the infection which was starting to poison his blood. Liza took out the insurance to pay for the surgery. Unfortunately, the insurance then decided to increase the monthly price by 300%. Liza managed to get another insurance, which was slightly cheaper, though Hermann was already 8 and a half at the time. Thankfully, Hermann recovered well from the surgery and bounced back. 



Now, only 2 years later, he has developed a tumour on his lip which grew at a frightening rate. He was due to have it removed and biopsied by the local vet, but on the day of his operation was refused due to the tumour having gotten infected. The vet then changed her mind regarding doing the operation herself, as she was worried about taking out such a large chunk of his lip and wanted a second opinion. It then became clear that only a specialist could go ahead with such a surgery as not only does he need to get the tumour removed but also his lip remodelled. These are costs the insurance doesn’t cover, given his age and the fact that he was operated on just a couple of years ago. Liza already owes the vet 300 pounds plus the costs of the in-depth biopsy, another 300, and the removal and remodelling, which will add another 2500 pounds to the bill. If the biopsy reveals traces of cancer, the bill could easily climb to 5000 pounds. 

Liza is not only self-employed and needless to say her employment plummeted during the covid crisis but also had a baby during the pandemic so her possibilities of working more now are very limited. As a direct consequence, she is struggling to pay these vet bills, which seem to be rapidly adding up. 


With your help, she will be able to give wee Hermann another fighting chance at life. Hermann is a very sweet and good natured dog, who has been through a lot. He is so brave to have survived what he did, and clearly has the will to live. I think that our friend would have been touched to see what Hermann has come to mean to all those who meet him and relieved that Liza has been taking such great care of him. 



 *** Liza and I have agreed that any excess funds raised will be donated to the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home (https://edch.org.uk) to help other animals in need ***






 




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Alix Villanueva 
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Edinburgh, SCT
Liza Tobay 
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