Help Lyla get a new paw!

Lyla, my St. Bernard/Great Pyrenees puppy/best friend, was born with a defected paw that has impacted the way she walks, runs and plays for her entire life. You'd never know by her sweet, loving personality but she is in frequent pain and rarely uses her right front paw. At times she won't even get out of her kennel or go down stairs because of the weight she must put on her paw. I still lift her out of the car at 70 lbs because of the pain it can cause her.  This video shows how as she has grown, the worse her quality of life gets. The technical term for her paw is ectrodactyly or split paw and is very rare. Amputation (which can be worse on a pup her size) or euthanization (very last resort!) are her other options if I cannot find the funds for her surgery.

Mizzou's vet school, the top in the nation, has the only vets that can perform surgery on her paw to give Lyla her quality of life back.  Right now she is 7 months old and they want to wait to do surgery until she's a year old, which gives me until around Feburary 2018 to raise the funds. Below are some attachments of her X-rays which show how extreme her condition is.

 What they would do is fuse the bones in her wrist together to give her a stable platform to support her weight and then fuse the toes together as it is a high possibilty she could tear her paw apart on accident if it stays seperated. She would have 8-10 weeks of recovery time and therapy after surgery but then would be able to live her life to the fullest and pain free!

However with Mizzou having great vets they also cost a pretty penny and are anticpating her surgery to be 6-8k by the time all is said and done. As for me I am 25,  just bought my first house and have an insane amount of student loans so I am looking for as much assistance as I can get to help my poor girl. Any donation, no matter what size, is appreciated! Even if you cannot afford to donate, sharing with your friends and family and social network that can help spread the word about Lyla is appreciated. She really is my best friend and I'm trying to do everything I can to give her the best life!!

For more pictures of Lyla, feel free to check out her Facebook page.(
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Kimberly Ann 
Ballwin, MO
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