As some of you know, Dexter got quilled by a porcupine 2 weeks ago. He had emergency surgery at Chapelle animal hospital in Fort Collins, Co where they removed appx 220 quills from his face, mouth, left shoulder and rib cage.
During the next week and a half of recovery, I removed nearly 10 more quills that had migrated towards the surface. Dex's recovery began digressing this past Saturday. I brought him into my vet (4 paws Lakewood) to address some recent labored breathing issues. Upon X-ray, the doctor noticed a possible collapsed lung. I was referred to Wheat ridge Animal Hospital for an emergent surgery. They would not perform the surgery unless made a $10,000 deposit. I began calling every vet in the state capable of the surgery.
I was referred to CSU school of veterinarian teaching where they were able to perform the surgery that night. We raced to Fort Colins at midnight to get Dex into surgery. The school was a little more willing to work with us as I pleaded with the doc for any way to get his treatment started. The financial department required half of the cost of the low end of the operation estimate to get started. With 2500 down I was able to apply for a donor fund that CSU had available for emergent services. Thank God! They were able to match the 2500. The total cost of the surgery will be between $6,875 to $8500 depending on the next couple days. I was able to scrape together another $800 but the hospital will not release him to me until the balance is paid. Anything helps.
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