Paige's Medical Treatment & Surgery
Paige is only 4 1/2 years old. A few months ago, she began having a slight limp in her back legs. We attritibuted it to her probably running around outside and possibly slipping on the deck, which she did frequently as she is such an active dog, and that it would heal itself gives a few weeks of keeping her quiet. After about 3 weeks of it looking better, than looking worse, than looking better, we presumed she would need a vet visit to figure out if something was more damaged than we originally thought. However, we never made it that far.
One night Paige completely collapsed - going from walking around and playing that morning to absolutely zero ability to stand up on her own. We got her to our local vet and testing immediately began. Unfortunately what's wrong had been difficult to diagnose inititally, leading to where we are now, nearly 4 weeks later and no progress on treatment, just diagnosis. We initially thought it was FCE and began therapy, presuming she would walk again on her own in a few weeks. With no such luck, she developed a pneumonia approximately two weeks later from inactivity and we expressed to our vet that she was definitely getting weaker in general, not stronger. So after more testing and ruling out many other possible causes our vet thought the next most logical step would be to test for Wobbler's, which she's pretty confident would result in a positive diagnosis, and begin treatment and probable surgery ASAP.
Our problem now lies with the fact that our local vet can do no more...we need a neurologist. There is a clinic called NorthStar Vets that has a neaurologist on staff and the ability to perform the surgery she would require if the diagnosis proves operable. This veterinary clinic is our only option left to figure out what's wrong with our little luvvin's, Paige, and to hopefully have her back to her old self in no time.
We have already put down a few thousand dollars for general vet bills for treatment and tests, but also including at home therapy products and multiple types of medication to try to keep her comfortable until we can afford surgery.
Time is of the essence
The longer we wait for surgery, the larger of a chance that she could become inoperable, leaving us with no option other than letting her go. This is the absolute last thing we want. She is such a young dog with so much vibrancy left! We ask anyone and everyone to please help us out with her care. My mother and I are both pet groomers and while we do provide a living for ourselves, we both do our jobs because of our love for animals, not the financial perks. We've done okay up to this point in paying but the tremendous financial burden this has suddenly put us under in overwhelming. Even if $5 is all you have to give, anything and everything helps. We're saving our money and cutting back where we can to get her on her feet as soon as possible but it may not be soon enough without your help! Please - as puppy parents I hope we can all understand each other as to how painful and tragic it can be to lose a pet. Help us to be spared that pain and Paige spared hers of having to suffer through this terrible paralysis.
The funds will exactly be used to cover NorthStar Vet costs from this point out including the testing required to diagnose where her spinal injury is, how to procede with treatment, medications, and whatever surgical procedures will be needed to get her up and running again. The surgery alone I've been told costs $6,000 - I've added extra for what is my best guess towards costs for the testing, followup visits and medication. However, if for whatever reason we have anything extra, we will be donating it to a Doberman rescue group so that hopefully some other puppy can get the help they need that maybe their family wouldn't normally be able to afford to give them!
This little girl has been with us from Day 1 - Both of her parents were our family dogs. Her father passed away just over 18 months ago and her mother, who is now almost 8, is still with us, along with her biological brother, who is almost 7. I can't imagine losing this little girl and not coming home to her wet kisses every night. She walks and hikes with us, she watches baseball games with us, she takes care rides with us - she is as much a part of this family as myself, my mother or my sister. Please help us to keep this family together!
Thank you all and God Bless