Unfortunately he has suffered with complex breathing problems since he was a puppy. Although he has been insured since the day we got him, he needed to visit the vet for his breathing within the 14 day waiting period of taking out the policy - this meant that everything breathing related was not covered.
In January of this year he was struggling to breathe so much & deteriorating so fast that we almost lost him. We took him to a vet who specialises in bulldogs and he underwent 'BOAS' surgery. His nostrils were widened, his palate was shortened and his tonsils were removed. This improved his breathing and undoubtedly saved his life. For the first couple of months he was improving and we were hopeful that he was going to live a happy and healthy life. However, he has since became poorly again.
He can no longer lay down because when he lays flat (on his throat) this blocks his airways and he can't breathe - causing sleep apnea. He is so exhausted that he tries to sleep sitting up (see photo) , but as soon as he starts to fall asleep he obviously falls forward and wakes himself up. As well as this, he cannot go on walks like normal dogs or meet new people, because as soon as he gets excited he cannot get enough air and is sick (which makes his sleeping even worse as this inflames his throat).
Our vet has now referred us to Cambridge University for specialist LATE surgery. LATE is performed when standard BOAS surgery makes little to no difference (which is rare). Cambridge (230 miles away from us), is the only place in the UK which provides this surgery & they do not offer any sort of payment plan. With the current situation regarding Covid-19 & not being able to work, we cannot afford the thousands of pounds needed for Loki to have this surgery - especially having just paid thousands for his last operation. This is breaking our hearts because he is getting worse every day and needs it ASAP.
Rest assured we have tried everything to try and help him, including various medications, dog beds and propping him up in different positions. We take turns staying up with him during the night, not only to make him as comfortable as possible, but also to make sure that when he does stop breathing (which happens almost every time he drifts off), we can wake him straight back up.
He is the happiest little dog usually, who has brought me SO much joy when I needed it most. He lives for cuddles and kisses! ... But he is so fed up at the moment and looks so depressed. He doesn't have a bad bone in his body and definitely doesn't deserve to be suffering.
I understand it is a hard time financially for most people, but if you would like to help and have the ability to do so, any help at all would be amazing.
Thank you so much x