My name is Amy Jo and I have a Doxypoo named Zweigle who needed emergancy Spinal Surgery. I do not have the financial means to fund such a costly illness. However, I feel strongly that our furry family members deserve a fair fight regaurdless of their "mom and dads" income. So, I not only want to help my doggie get better but I want to aid in the recovery of furry friends from families in similar situations. No one should ever have to choose between a family member or money and a life should never be lost because of a financial inabilty.
We came home xmas night from an amazing day spent with family to a scenario that was anything but a xmas miracle! Zweigle, our little hot dog became very sick that night. I took him to emergency care thinking that he broke his leg. Turns out it was not his leg, it is a herniated disk putting significant pressure on his spinal cord. Xmas night he lost the ability to use his left leg, by morning he lost movement in his right leg. I was given the choice of surgery that 100% had to be done that day or to put him to sleep. I did not have time to rate shop or call around for a clinic that had payment plans, better prices etc. The emergency clinic suggested Cornell Unverity since they were less expensive & very knowledgable. So I called & made arrangements for him & then transported him to Cornell. They examined him and said he is healthy with the exception of his current back situation. Zweigle is not just a dog or a pet, he is a part of our family. Because of our finances my head said I have no choice but to put him to sleep, my family said the same but when it came down to it I just could not do it! It is not fair! If your child is sick you take care of them with out a doubt. However if your furry little child is sick it depends on your ability to pay a vet bill as to whether or not they get to live. It simply is not right. So my baby went in for surgery. I may have maxed out credit cards or not be able to pay my utilities or fix our cars or replace everything that is broke around our house but I will give Zweigle the opportunity to get better! I have had people respond with the opinion that I should have put him to sleep due to cost, committment to his after care and the ability to get a new dog. My response is Zweigle is so much more than a pet to myself and children. I can not put a dollar value on his life. It is what I had to do. If the Dr.'s had said he would not have a good quality of life then I would not have done it. But I spoke to half a dozen Dr.'s who all agreed it was not inhumane. He would have a great quality of life and if it were there furry family they would go ahead with it. I understand that this is not everyone's point of view but I could not take the path of least resistance. He is a life, not an object to me!
So Zweigle was out of surgery at midnight on the 26th. It went well but once they got in there they discovered he had a ongoing chronic deteriorating disk as well as an acute ruptured disk. They got it all cleaned out but he is not out of the woods yet, it is still possible that his spinal cord could start to die off at each end from the damage that was done. I'm praying this does not happen, I am so nervous! The recovery from this is going to be EXTREMELY intense! A complete lifestyle change for the whole family. He will be crate bound for 6 weeks. Only able to be carried outside to go potty 3 times a day. After that no stairs ( not even the 2 from our living room to the kitchen), no jumping up. no terrorizing the cats, no rough housing with his big brother. We will need gates and ramps all around the house to keep him safe. So their will be additional costs beyond the surgery. He will also need a slightly bigger crate to have the proper amount of space for the cone he will have around his neck but small enought to keep him from walking to much or trying to jump up on his hind legs.
We need approx $6,000 to cover the initial care and then the follow ups from there after will be additional. I am super passionate that no family should have to face these financail decisions. It is stressful enough having your furry family member in pain let alone needing to worry about your finances. So if I by any chance I raise money beyond our needs, I will work with all of the wonderful Dr.'s and clinics that helped us through this to find a family with similar needs to support with the additional funds. I believe I have found my calling in life and plan to put our pain & distress to positive use! I want to help all I can & hopefully can come up with a non for profit way to help additional families!
Thank you so much for your support! Please know that even if you can not help with a monetary donation that spreading the word and sharing this with your friends and family is equally as helpful. Not only do I personally appreciate you, Zwiegle sends you doggie kisses!