Our Little Buddy's Vet Expenses
Our poor innocent dog was attacked while he was in his own yard.
On Tuesday, January 5th we left home to go get dog food. We were gone for about an hour. When we returned we heard a commotion in our backyard. We walked around to see what was going on. It was dark outside but we can normally see the glow of our dog's eyes when we are shining the light from our phones. We didn't see the glow of Buddy's eyes, our Beagle. Instead we saw something that we'll never forget. A pitbull standing over what looked to be our little Buddy dead.
Buddy was still hanging on but he was in terrible condition. We immediately rushed him to the vet. They found that his trachea was torn almost completely in two, 270 degrees. He also had nerve damage in his neck. He has a few broken ribs and had a tear in his diaphragm. He lost a lot of blood and had several puncture wounds. After giving him fluids and pain medicine to get him stabilized, they had to perform two operations. As of Wednesday night, they are keeping him comfortable so he can rest. They sewed his trachea back together and we are waiting to see if it will hold. The initial night and surgery was over $3200. He will be staying with the vet for several more days. We are looking at several more expenses from the days to come, possibly another surgery, and rehabilitation.
Any donation at this point will be greatly appreciated.
Buddy came home Sunday, January 24th and is doing okay right now. He has a feeding tube that we are feeding him through but he is also eating on his own some. He has prescription dog food to help him gain weight and continue to repair his body. He will have at least about two months of recovery with frequent doctor visits. He will most likely have these frequent doctor visits for the rest of his life. He has nerve damage, possibly permanent, that has paralyzed the right side of his face. This affects his eye and his mouth, that we can see. He seems to be acting like his old self but he has his good days and bad days.
We still have multiple fundraisers going on. Funds raised so far have gone to pay on both bills. Although the vet bills still have large balances both veterinary hospitals have been very understanding during this whole process. Anything raised going forward will also be used to pay the vet bills and go towards Buddy's aftercare. Thanks everyone!
Thank you everyone for your continued support, your concern, your prayers, and your generosity.
This is the first rime i saw thid campaign so i read the updates from the beginning and was praying that Buddy made it through. My one question is that since the vet did the surgery i wasnt sure if Buddy was going to need another one. Have you gotten a total of his care to date? I gad a pit bull for 17 years before she passed a ling time ago. I always had a six foot high fence but i never left her alone because i was always afraid someone would try to steall het to use as a fighting dog. I am cobfused about the pit bull that did this. It doesnt seem like you gad trouble getting Buddy away from the pit bull so i wasnt sure if you knew the dog. If so the dogs owner might have honeowners insurance to cover part of these costs. It wouldnt hurt to find out if thats an option. I really pray Buddy is ok. He looks like such a sweet boy and to have to go through this because someonr let their dog loose is a sin