Prime Minister Vindaloo's Vet Fund

$2,500 of $3,200 goal

Raised by 73 people in 14 months
Samantha Hegre  ALEXANDRIA, VA

I adopted Prime Minister Vindaloo (aka Vinnie) last summer and almost immediately he started having health problems. First it was (and continues to be) chronic ear infections, requiring a visit to a specialist, as well as GI issues. Now, the GI issues have intensified and he's currently in the hospital (VCA Alexandria) with obstipation (a completely impacted bowel.) I spent most of last night and early this morning at the emergency clinic with him. Without going into too many gory details about a cat's bowel, I'll say they tried a few things to get him some relief, to no avail, and are now going to have to go in intranasally with a drug called Golytely, which will hopefully break things up over the next 24 to 48 hours in the hospital. The estimate for this is just over $2500.

I am a freelance musician and have already racked up credit card debt for his medical care and this is going to cause me significantly more. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. 

Vinnie spent at least three of his estimated five years living on the street in Washington, DC. He's lived a hard life, is terrified of noises, and eats every meal as if he thinks it might be his last, but he is absolutely the happiest cat I have ever known. He purrs contantly and everything is a toy in his world. When I adopted him, I vowed to give him the pampered life he deserves and I would love to see him back to his normal, playful, cuddly self soon. 

You may also help out by purchasing jewelry from my etsy shop:
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Thank you!

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Update 7
Posted by Samantha Hegre
14 months ago
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Well... after a bizarre day, it has been determined he does not need surgery at this point. I drove all the way to Richmond and just had to drive back (200 miles round trip.) He's got some medications and I need to keep an eye on him, but for now, he's been spared the knife! I lowered the amount needed back to what I put on my Care Credit card at the emergency vet over the weekend.

Thanks again for following the saga of the PM's bowels and hopefully this is the last you hear of it!

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Update 6
Posted by Samantha Hegre
14 months ago
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Howdy, Poopwatch 2016 followers. Well, no poop. He's reached the time when the only option is surgery. VCA Alexandria is faxing his records to Helping Hands (the discount place in Richmond, where they can do it for a fraction of the cost) and as soon as I hear that they can do it, I will pick him up. He'll be hanging out in a friend's dog's crate at home until our appointment.

I have to do this. This poor cat has survived so much on the street. We have a BRUTAL winter last year and I have no idea how he's still alive. I can't give up on a young cat who's this tough. I will keep everyone updated on how the surgery goes. Again, thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart.
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Update 5
Posted by Samantha Hegre
14 months ago
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Well, still nothing. They're going to give it until morning and then surgery is the only option. I can't afford surgery where he is, though, so if things haven't changed by tomorrow, I will bring him home and call Helping Hands (the low-cost clinic in Richmond) and get him in there and try to keep him comfy in the meantime.

Thanks again for all the thoughts and concerns (and donations!) and I will keep you posted.
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Update 4
Posted by Samantha Hegre
14 months ago
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Still no action as of 10:00am this morning, and all of the IV fluids and the constant drip of the Golytely is causing his heart to struggle so they had to back off. I don't know what happens if they can't get him to go. If they do, though, he'll be on a super high fiber diet forever, which will hopefully stave off the need for surgery, and someone has recommended a charity vet surgical center in Richmond, VA which does surgery that usually costs thousands of dollars for a few hundred, so if it comes to that, I'd take that route.

In the meantime, think good thoughts that this all gets moving and Vinnie can find some relief. He looked absolutely miserable when I went to check on him last night (although he was high as a kite, so I'm sure that helped.)

Thank you again for all of your donations, shares, and good thoughts. You're restored my faith in humanity. <3
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David Wilkinson
14 months ago

So wonderful to see so many good hearted folks stepping up and lending a helping hand!! Good luck to PM Vindaloo

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$2,500 of $3,200 goal

Raised by 73 people in 14 months
Created January 15, 2016
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Anonymous
14 months ago
$25
Melanie Barker
14 months ago
$25
david wilkinson
14 months ago

Glad he's been spared surgery.

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Anonymous
14 months ago
$100
Anonymous
14 months ago
$50
Edmond Rosen
14 months ago

Good luck and health on ya Kitty.

HO
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Haleigh Orand
14 months ago
JF
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Jennifer Farley
14 months ago

Cheers to a healthy Prime Minister!

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Stephanie Smith
14 months ago

Good luck with the surgery!!! May Vinnie be feeling better quickly.

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Anonymous
14 months ago
David Wilkinson
14 months ago

So wonderful to see so many good hearted folks stepping up and lending a helping hand!! Good luck to PM Vindaloo

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