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Family Dog Blood Transfusion

Organized by: Shirley Hicks

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Hi, my name is Shirley and I have three children and a beautiful dog named Tigress which has been with us for about five years now. About a month ago we sadly had to say good bye to Tigress's mother Crystal due to ingestion of rat poison, by the time we had enough money to take Crystal to the vet to find out what was wrong with her it had already caused tumers and internal bleeding so we had to put her down. Crystal was my fourteen year old daughter's dog that she had since a puppy and she has been a part of our family for eight years. After discovering the cause of Crystal's illness was rat poisoning we were concerned of our other dog Tigress but hadn't had the money to take her in to be checked out so we just kept a close eye on her and prayed. Soon after, within a week, we noticed Tigress was pregnant and going to have pups. We thought the scare of poisoning was behind us, until she gave birth and three out of four of her pups didn't make it. Tigress was hemorrhaging badly but we still didn't have money to take her to the vet. I know that people that have money problems and can't afford to take care of a dog with regular visits to the vet should NOT own animals but how do you tell your children that we are too poor to have pets? So after nursing Tigress and a thought to be healthy pup for several days, we have noticed blood coming from the puppy's nose and yesterday her mouth. Now she is having respiratory distress and what seems to be a tumer on her left side of her abdomen, these are all signs of rat poisoning which means that the mother, Tigress (our beloved family member) has poison in her system which will require a blood transfusion to start with. Being a low income family we can not afford the $920 transfusion and the $105 vet hospital charge just to have her checked out, not to mention money for testing. Please help my family to save our dog so that my family don't have to suffer another loss of a family member! I'm begging for your help, I am at a loss of what to do and don't want to take the option of having her put down. PLEASE HELP!!!!!

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