"Annie"'s emergency surgery
Organized by: Mary Hager
"Annie" is my 8 year old German Shepherd companion and furry child. In March the vet accidentally ruptured her left anal gland and since then she has been having severe infections that cause very large open sores (larger than a quarter), bleeding, and puss. She has a large abscess inside that cannot be reached, and there is no cure except to surgically remove it. She has been taking antibiotics off and on.
I am now taking her to a long time friend who is a vet (Dr. Janet Davis, for those of you that know her) and she referred me to a surgeon. The surgeon (VCA in Gaithersburg, MD) said the only solution is surgery- $2,400 - $3,000.
The vet who caused the problem refuses to take responsibility. I have reported him to the Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and they are investigating the issue. However, all they can probably do is slap him on the wrist, they won't ask him to pay her medical bills. I would have to sue for that and that will take way too long.
Many of you know, that the other unfortunate thing is that I have been unemployed 1 year and 5 months and, as a result, I don't have the money. During this time I was on unemployment for 6 months, I did temp work, used up my retirement funds, used credit cards, and received help from family and friends.
I just started working last week but still won't have the funds needed due to my recent needs. I have applied to 3 organizations that financially assist pet owners with medical bills (all the rest are cancer related.) Even if they come through, from what I can tell, they can only afford to make small gifts like $100 - $500. Of course I'm still grateful! I will also be selling some personal things on the net (I've sold a lot already, as you can imagine.)
During my time of unemployment family and friends helped me a lot and I don't feel comfortable going to them with this need. I am hoping that some of you, especially those of you with furry children, might understand and can find it in your heart to help with this situation. I would greatly appreciate it!
I adore my Annie. She is a beautiful, wonderful pet and excellent companion. I would hate to lose her over something this weird and, as they say, an easy fix, though an expensive one. She should not have any more problems in this area after the surgery.
Should you have any questions I would be glad to answer them and even show you copies of the medical diagnosis and treatment plan.
Please prayerfully consider helping me save Annie.
By the way, she is a rescue from Tails of Hope in Maryland. I adopted her when she was about 1 yr. old. Thank you.