Poppy Puppy Needs Hips

$2,125 of $4,500 goal

Raised by 28 people in 11 months
Poppy came into my life a squirmy little 8-week-old puppy in August of 2016.  She and her litter-mates were at the Trinity County Animal Shelter after being dumped at a local swimming hole.

Poppy joined her big brother, Starbuck, who was fighting anal gland cancer.  She breathed new life into him and he had six wonderful months with her before he succumbed to the cancer in January of 2017.   We miss him terribly.

At about six months of age, Poppy let out a massive screaming yelp one morning and came running into the living room holding up her left rear leg.  It happened again the next morning and when I moved her rear legs, to my horror the hips popped in and out of the sockets.  

After speaking with two vets, the options are as follows.  I do nothing and Poppy will be completely crippled at a young age;  she has expensive hip replacement surgery that would require travel for which my own poor health will suffer; or we have Femoral Head Osteoectomies at our local vet.  FHO's are in the neighborhood of $2000 per hip, as opposed to hip replacements at $5500-12,000 per hip, plus repeated travel.   The vet says Poppy is a perfect candidate for the FHO's because of her young age and the lack of damage to the hips that usually comes from not noticing it until it is advanced.

Both hips are out of the socket, but the left one needs attention first.  I have been able to manage Poppy's pain and inflammation with a combination of Cosequin and "golden paste", a concoction of turmeric with coconut oil and pepper, and I have curbed her play sessions with her big dog friends so she doesn't hurt herself further.  But damage is occuring every time she moves, and I can see it progressing even at her young age.  She can't stretch her legs out because they don't support her, and if, God forbid, she turns the wrong way she immediately stops play and goes to lie down, clearly in pain.

It breaks my heart to see my little girl in pain.  She is going on ten months at the time I write this, and she is a sweet, wiggly, slinky kissy little thing who is smart as a whip and a fantastic watchdog.   I cannot face a life of suffering for her.  She had a crappy enough start.  I just want her to have a long and happy life, free of pain.  

Any help is appreciated.  This is a tall order on a disability check.   I am hoping to get her left hip corrected early this summer and the right one hopefully by the end of the year.  She is young and strong and healthy, and I look forward to her being able to run and play with her friends.

I am happy to provide copies of the x-rays and her health records via email.  And I have lots more Poppy Photos at this link.  

Thank you!
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Today is Poppy's first surgery. I took her in this morning and stayed with her while the sedation took hold. She is in good hands, and I will be able to call and check on her later this afternoon. Until then we're flying on a wing and a prayer here. Looking forward to getting my little girl home tomorrow! Thank you again, everyone, for coming through for my sweet puppy!
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One month from today Poppy will have her first surgery. I am admittedly nervous to see my feisty little stinker have to go under the knife, but feeling her hips pop in and out of the sockets every time she moves reminds me I just have to be brave for her. My friends and family have donated an astonishing $1500 of the $2000-2500 for the first operation. I have raised a bit more with odd jobs and selling some of my vintage jewelry, so we are really close, and we have six months to cover the rest. Thank you, everyone, for allowing my sweet little Poppy to get the care she needs to get a running start at a long, happy healthy life! <3 <3 <3
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Great news! Thanks to your generosity we have raised a substantial enough down payment that we were able to schedule Poppy's first surgery for May 3rd! Our kind vet is allowing us six months to pay the remainder. Thank you all for donating and for sharing Poppy's plight. She is such a lucky little girl to have so many friends who love her and want her to have a happy, pain-free life. We are officially on our way!
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I am humbled and overwhelmed by the generosity of my friends and family. Poppy is a lucky little girl to have so many aunties and uncles who love her so much. Thank you to everyone, and thank you for the shares!
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$2,125 of $4,500 goal

Raised by 28 people in 11 months
Created March 26, 2017
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$50
Anonymous
6 months ago
$50
Anonymous
9 months ago
$50
Linda Cunningham
10 months ago

Go Poppy, go!

BW
$50
Beta Wolf
10 months ago

Hope everything goes well!!

$150
Anonymous
10 months ago
CF
$100
Christine Fearon
10 months ago

Feel better PoppyPuppy!!xoxoxo

DT
$50
David Towne
10 months ago

For Poppy and Karen.

CM
$75
Claudia & Didi McClure
10 months ago

Hoping for happy hips, Poppy Sundt!!

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