Hi everyone. Jason and I battled with the idea of organizing a fundraiser for our special girl Mia. As two hardworking individuals who have difficulty asking those around us for financial help, we have recently been hit with tough news that has unfortunately left us with no other option.
One evening as we called the dogs back inside, we heard a yelp from Mia's direction. Mia came limping; unfortunately, neither Jason nor I saw the incident. Mia would then continue to limp for 4-5 days. We took her to the vet, who gave her painkillers and sent us home.
Flash forward to a week later, and Mia's limping had worsened. She looked lethargic, didn't want to move, and did not want to go to the bathroom or put pressure on her legs. It was traumatizing. She often looked drunk as she would venture outside for a potty break, only to sit in the grass, not wanting to move. We immediately called the vet concerned, to which they were booked up and explained that if Mia's condition worsened, it could be neurological and to head to the ER.
Unfortunately, the following morning was much worse. This led us to a 5-hour ER visit and, thankfully, a diagnosis.
Mia was diagnosed with Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture (CCL) in both of her back legs. (The cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) is an important ligament inside the knee (stifle) joints of dogs. It is referred to as the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
Aside from two torn ACLs, Mia also has two torn menisci. Unfortunately, there is no telling how this occurred. The vet explained it could of happened from waking up from a nap to running around outside. Our bed is also pretty high off the ground, which has led us to believe it would have happened slowly after jumping off of the bed.
There is no cure for this aside from a TPLO. TPLO surgery eliminates the need for the cranial cruciate ligament by reconfiguring your dog's knee. To perform TPLO surgery, a surgeon makes a curved cut to the patient's tibia before rotating the tibial plateau (top section) to level the tibia and femur. Mia will have two plates put on the back of her legs.
This surgery has been estimated at $9,000. $4,500 per leg. Thankfully, this does include post-op recovery, follow appointments and medication. However, Mia will now face a long road to recovery and will require lots of love and care.
Writing this GoFundMe is truly difficult. Jason and I have pondered back and forth for a month while trying to navigate the process and find the best surgeon. Thankfully, we have found one of the best surgeons in the area! Mia has completed her first surgery, and the doctor does not doubt that she will have a 100% full recovery.
If you are still reading this, we appreciate you for your time. Mia is so special to us, which is why we knew there was no way we couldnt take this hit financially...as this is the only way she can carry out a happy and healthy life. We love our princess, which is why we knew it would be best to reach out to our community. If you are able to donate at this time we are forever grateful. However, something as small as a share or a prayer for our sweet girl will be just as appreciated.
Thank you again!
Brooke, Jason, Tank, Gunner, & Mia