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Hip Surgery For My Dog, Milly May!!!

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June 29, 2017

I spoke to one of the veterinary surgeons at the University of Missouri last Friday.  We had a nice, long talk about options.  He said he looked  See more
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THE STORY:

Milly May is my 7 year-old best friend. I got her a month after my previous dog was hit and killed by a car while we were away for my uncle's funeral. It took me awhile to bond with her after such a devastating experience losing my other dog, but we soon became best friends. In fact, she is more than a friend. She is my therapy dog helping me to recover from PTSD following several recurring traumas caused by the poor decision-making of my (now) ex-husband. We run together, we sleep side-by-side, we travel together.......we are never apart. She is so in tune with me that she even wakes me when I am having nightmares. Milly was diagnosed with hip dysplasia just over a year ago when I brought her to the emergency clinic after she started limping following exercise. This past April my vet took new x-rays and the hip dysplasia had worsened, so she recommended a total hip replacement. The quotes I have gotten from various clinics range from $4500 to $7000, not including the initial and follow-up appointments and medications. Milly is currently taking an anti-inflammatory, Dasequin with MSM, and 2 pain pills (gabepentin) 3 times a day for a total of 6 pain pills per day. I was devastated to hear the cost because I just went through a horrendous financial year myself - a year that included a divorce, 3 moves, 1 surgery, moving my elderly parents from California to Arkansas to be closer to me, and building a house on my own without any financing because, as a self-employed person, I could not qualify for a loan. I had hoped to get a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) now that the house is built, but Bank of America just pulled the rug out from under me. Even after I followed their advice to help secure the loan, they denied it.  Anyway, I had planned to fund Milly's surgery using the money from the HELOC, which I had been led to believe was a guarantee. Now I have nothing to fund it as I wait on my next series of independent contracts to come through. PLEASE HELP ME TO HELP MY BEST FRIEND - my baby girl that has helped me through so much and I now can't help her. I would like to raise $10,000 to cover all the surgery costs, vet visits, and medications. Any money beyond those costs will be donated to another charitable cause: Soldier On Service Dogs (http://soldieronservicedogs.org/About) in Fayetteville, AR. This charity helps provide service dogs to veterans suffering from PTSD. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION!

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