Saturday March 31st, I went on a hike with my beloved dog Banner (one of his favorite things to do.) All seemed well until that evening when suddenly, he began panting more erratically, and looking for a place to hide and rest. He began to drool and dry heave. His body was going into shock, until finally he stopped moving or responding all together. I immediately brought him to an emergency after hours vet, that took x-rays and dropped the horrible news on me he had something called GDV --and that he had "hours to live".
The GDV had caused his stomach to fold over onto itself, and was cutting off blood from his organs in his lower half, and they were rather rapidly dying. His stomach was filling with gas as he panted, and would errupt. They told me that my best friend, and best part of my life was in an egregious amount of pain, and I was left feeling completely hopeless.
To me, there was no choice, but unfortunately it cost beyond what I could pay. They let me know that unless I paid in full, I would have no choice but to let him die, and reminded me I had to make the decision immediately or risk his life.
In order to save Banner's life, I had to borrow money I didn't have in order to pay for the surgery.
I was granted some final moments said goodbye to my friend, and they handed me his collar. He was so scared, and confused as they took him into the back for his surgery. It was by far the worst feeling of guilt, and loss I had ever felt.
Luckily 2 hours later, the surgeon came out and said everything had been a great success. He not only was able to save his life before the organs failed, but Banner seemed to be doing stable as well.
I am so thankful for the surgeon and all that he did, and that Banner did not leave me forever this weekend.
I wish this was as easy a story as that, but unfortunately, the cost of the surgery was so expensive for me, that I am now in a financial crisis. I am having to regrettably, and with a heavy-heart, ask anyone and everyone who can help, to please help. Please help me save Banner and myself from this experience, and if you are able, donate to help me cover the cost of his surgery.
Anyone who knows me, knows Banner, and anyone who knows Banner knows how special he is to me, and how wonderful and sweet of a companion he is. He has been my dog all of his life, and I am so thankful he is going to live and stay in my life that much longer. If you can help, I want to thank you so very much. It is an incredibly unfortunate emergency, and I appreciate everyone who cares. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my friends who have supported me beyond my imagination during this time. Banner wouldn't be here without you.
Thank you again, and please share with anyone you'd like, if you are able.
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