Ellie the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever surgery fund!
Organized by: Linn Miriam Svensrud
Ellie was born Feb.13, 2016, and she have six siblings. She is pure of race and came from a very good and serious breeder. On April 11, she finally moved home with us in Jessheim- Norway, and she changed our lives. She's loving, full of joy, and is very willing to learn. She loves children and people and she is very caring of others. We quickly fell in love with this four-legged ball of fur and had the desire to train her in the Norwegian Rescue Dogs association. After a month with us, she was suddenly ill. She underwent a lot of tests and went in and out of clinics to find out what was wrong with her. She had to go through a number of blood samples, X-ray, CT, anesthesia and was eventually so ill that she had to be hospitalized in intensive care. This was a rough period for her, and it took a lot of time before she recovered. After a while using both the local veterinary clinic and The Norwegian Veterinary University Clinic she was diagnosed with "intrahepatic shunt". It turned out that Ellie was born with this disease and nobody could anticipate this before she got symptoms. You can read briefly about the disease here: http://www.nytk.no/lever-shunt-pss/ http://www.vet.utk.edu/clinical/sacs/shunt/faq.php This means that Ellie have to eat a special diet and take medication daily that keeps the condition at bay, but she still have to undergo surgery by a specialist for the desired life quality and length of life. If operated she will be 100 percent again. At a daily basis Ellie is functioning well with this diet and medicines (Hills l/d, antibiotics ++) . She is acting as her self, and as other puppies - she is energetic, plays a lot, and fun filled. She is still absolutely great fun to train. But she's still not well, and she can become quite ill when she ingests something she should not. The only way to get Ellie well again is a surgical procedure that basically is not available in Norway. Norway has the equipment but not the expertise. The surgery can be done by a clinic in Strömsholm- Sweden that have offered us surgery in a limited time period in december. There is a specialist/surgeon from abroad that will perform the procedure. The price of surgery is set to 60,000 SEK ($ 7000). Large parts of the insurance is used for assessment and Ellie therefore request support. We still have about $1000 left from the insurance, $2000 - has been repaid by the breeder and of course we are going to take a large part of the cost. We hope there are other animal lovers / dog lovers out there that would like to support Ellie, that someday in the future will be trained to become a Search And Rescue dog. It was hard to imagine that Ellie might not be part of the family anymore, so we decided to give the operation a chance that she may get well again. The operation is performed by specialists and the prognosis is extremely good. Brief description of how the procedure is performed can be found here: http://www.evidensia.se/specialistdjursjukhuset-stromsholm/avdelningar/kirurgi/irie