I immediately bundled him in a blanket and took a taxi to the all night emergency vet, he was X-rayed and given pain relief, there were no fractures or dislocations and he was sent home to come back in the morning.
The vet in the morning tested his reflexes which were not good and suggested neurological damage in his spine. This was my worst nightmare. His little spine and legs have worried me for sometime but he has always been such a stubborn little resilient piggy that he never complains of pain.
The vet instantly suggested a CT scan and spinal surgery. That same day. Costing upwards of £6000 plus whatever else for care and treatments and the £500 we already spent on pain relief and X-rays plus another £100 just to walk in the room again. I panicked, spinal surgery is a HUGE leap, I know many dogs that have had issues like this and a vet would not dare operate and take risks like that, especially on the spine, unless it was completely necessary (just for everyone in the UK, this was Medivet, who I will NEVER use again, I urge you to do the same, this is not the first time they have suggested extortionate treatment that involves anaesthetic without looking at other paths) I took Fang out of the hospital and decided I would take him to see our old vet on the other side of London for a second opinion. A vet that loves animals and has always cared for ours with love and empathy. Fang didn't seem to be in pain at that time and had slept through the night, unfortunately our other vet (who agreed to see him even though we had moved so far) could only see him the next morning.
By that evening Fang was crying, clearly uncomfortable and in pain, I couldn't make him comfortable I tried everything, food, water, beds in every room, trying to take him out to pee, pain meds. Nothing. The crying got worse and by 10pm I couldn't take it and decided to take him in a taxi out of London to the Royal veterinary college in Potters Bar.
They are the absolute best there and surprisingly slightly less then a regular vet, as we had taken our other dog there for a broken leg, we were still on the system from when we lived in the area and prayed they would see Fang, they did.
They kept Fang in over night, made him comfortable and checked his blood and got him ready for CT scans and MRI in the morning. (£2000-4000£ just for those scans)
When I got the call yesterday telling me Fang didn't need the spinal surgery at all, I was so glad I had made the decision to take him out of Medivet and have him seen by real vets that care. Unfortunately it was not all good news, Fang has legions on his spine, a compressed spinal chord and missing pieces of vertebrae. The vets said this was a long time condition and he must have upset it the other day. This would take a lot of healing time.
At this moment Fang is still in the vet, I am waiting on them to call me and tell me the latest update, when I can collect him, what the treatment plan is and how much I owe from this trip. So far the cost of everything is looking at around £5000 but I will update later today if it is more or less. Our insurance will unfortunately not cover the bulk of it :( I'm hoping it will cover some. I wanted to get the ball rolling and just ask my fellow animal lovers and people of the internet to please help us out. I am heavily pregnant and as my main source of income as an aerial and yoga teacher means that I'm currently not able to work that much until after the baby is here, I am not able to generate even close to the kind of funds needed to help my little piggy.
If you can donate even a couple of pounds to help I would be forever in your debt. If you can't donate please share this page for my little pig and I. Thank you <3
Samantha and Fang pug
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