Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Asking for your help.

Hi guys,

Hope everyone is having an amazing New Year and that you are enjoying the posts I've shared with you.  Today I'm sharing a totally different type of post and to be honest it's a little uncomfortable for me. Over the past 4 days I've spent almost all of my time at veterinarian and veterinarian specialist offices, having tests, x-rays, & ultrasounds done on my Pup.  Over the weekend my 8 year old mini schnauzer Bailey came down with illness, he wasn't eating and had no energy which is totally out of character for him.  On Monday I took him into the vet's office and they told me he was dehydrated and needed fluids, blood tests, & to spend the day with them.  I received a call around lunch that just made me feel indescribably numb; the doctor explained that what he thought was Bailey's full bladder was really a grapefruit sized tumor.  Now he is only a 22lb dog and 20 inch long dog so you can imagine just how big this was for the doctor to mistake it for his bladder. At first I was in shock and began to cry and couldn't seem to find my breath, I was actually in the pick up line for school to pick up my 4 year old from preschool.  He obviously doesn't understand what is happening so that is a good thing but he wants to know what is wrong with Mommy and why I've been crying for the past few days.  Yesterday we took Bailey in to see a Veterinarian Internal Specialist and have an Ultrasound to see if there are multiple tumors and if anything had spread.  The Internist called us around 4 and let us know that Bailey has not only a large tumor at the back of his spleen but also in the front part of spleen, as well as a stone in his bladder.  Once again I went into a numb state but managed to ask the questions I wanted to know, such as what do we do, what is the prognosis, and what can we expect after? The Dr says we can have surgery to remove the tumors and stone which will buy us more time since he is a healthy 8 year old Pup otherwise and that no other organs have been effected by this.  The surgery is Friday and will cost somewhere around $3500, in addition to the Ultrasounds, x-rays, and blood tests that have already been done and the initial vet visit.  I'm humbly asking for you help, as I am a stay at home Mom with our 4 year old; we simply can't afford the surgery with the surgeon's office not having any payment plans available and would appreciate any assistance that you could give.  I included a link to the site we created as well as pics of our sweet boy so that you can donate if you'd like, Thanks for reading our story & thanks for your help. :)

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Resting with his new shave job from his Ultrasound
My 4 year old gave Bailey his favorite toys since he didn't feel well
Thanks for your time and thoughtfulness,

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