Pilot is my 11-year-old Chesapeake Bay Retriever and I've had him since he was a puppy. He's one of my best friends and has been with me through all life's triumphs and tragedies for more than a decade. Through high school and college graduations, the loss of my mother, and the struggle of navigating veterinary school. He's more than just one of my dogs, he's part of my family.
Two days ago, Pilot began vomiting and I could tell that he just didn't feel like himself so I took him to the veterinarian yesterday. After having radiographs taken and an abdominal ultrasound performed it was determined that Pilot had a foreign body. Meaning he ate something that he shouldn't and it was now blocked in his stomach and small intestines. The treatment for this was an emergency surgery to remove the obstruction.
After debating with myself between moving forward with the surgery or humanely euthanizing due to financial constraints, I decided to proceed with the surgery. I couldn't imagine my life without him so I knew I had to do whatever I could to give him his best fighting chance.
I am a 4th year veterinary student who unfortunately has limited funds and no source of income. I'm reaching out to all of you in hopes to help cover Pilot's medical bill. Any little bit would help immensely and we would be forever thankful.
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