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Emergency Surgery needed to correct Laryngeal Paralysis!!

Organized by: Deb Petersen

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Dear Friends, Please help save our wonderful family dog. She is a vivacious Australian Shepherd named TiAmo. Her name is from the kitchen scene in my favorite movie, Moonstruck, when Loretta (Cher) announces her engagement to Johnny Camerrari. Her upset father finally shares champagne with her and says to her, "Ti amo mio piccolo angelo" (I love you, my little angel). Our TiAmo was just diagnosed with a fatal condition Laryngeal Paralysis. This means that one side of her larynx is paralyzed and not opening to allow air to pass. If she has any exertion not enough air will pass and she will go into respiratory crisis. Anxiety from lack of oxygen causes rapid breathing and in turn more swelling and paralysis in the larynx. This respiratory crisis typically leads to death. The equipment to perform a corrective surgery does not exist in our community. We checked into getting the corrective surgery done at Iowa State University Veterinary College, 200 miles away where they have the equipment and expertise to perform this surgery. The cost is $3,000 and must be paid up front. Being a single mom, going to graduate school to get a teaching degree and having an upcoming 16-week unpaid practicum along with the expenses of having a rising senior who will be graduating in the spring, $3,000.00 is an amount of money that just isn't available. Please support this project so that our wonderful furry family member can have this necessary surgery and not die a horrible death by suffocation. Right now we need to keep her calm at all times because any increase in oxygen demand could trigger this irreversible and deadly series of events. She is a lively and active pet. Every minute that she is awake we must monitor her to keep her calm and relaxed. This is not easy and we are in constant fear that she will see a squirrel or deer or other dog and start barking. She is alive but this level of restriction is not a maintainable life. Please help us quickly before something disastrous happens.

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