Leo's Medical Bills
Organized by: Emma Spalding
I adopted Leo from Halo Animal Rescue on January 11. Leo is an amazing dog who we have had no personality problems with so far and a very quick learner. When we were at the shelter doing the paperwork to take him home they took him in the back to microchip him and treat him for ticks as we had found those on him, they also gave us diluted bentadine drops for his left eye as it was irritated and red (they guessed it was cherry eye). His kennel stated he was on a medication but when they went to go get the medication they could not find it and any papers saying what it was/what it was for or if he had finished it. We also asked them why he appeared to be limping, they said it was just a "puppy walk." As of right now we have taken him to the vet multiple times. They diagnosed him with suspected kennel cough, looked at his eye, said it is cherry eye and gave us better drops, looked at his leg and confirmed he seemed to be in pain when you moved it and said it may just be inflammation but it could also be a symptom of valley fever, and he had an infected incision from being nuetered which had also opened. We left the vet with 5 medications and the eye drops. The kennel cough and infection have now cleared up and the ticks are gone. He was still limping and his eye is still irritated. We took him back to the vet and they did some blood work for valley fever, etc. and everything came back fine. We got steroid eye drops to see if they would help. Now. January 27, we have discovered that he actually has a pretty severe fracture that healed incorrectly in his joint and that is why he is limping. Our vet and her radiologist have said that He will need surgery to fix the joint. The fracture is complex and is outside of their expertise. We need to go see an orthopedic surgeon that does complex surgeries like this often. From what we know right now, the radiologist feels that surgery to repair the leg is the best option. Doing nothing is not an option as it will only cause pain and further degeneration in that leg. The last option would be to amputate the leg. Because Leo is only 8 months old we would really like to save his leg and avoid amputation. I love animals and dogs and I would not take Leo back. However. This is something that I (or my family) was not prepared for when we adopted a him. We have already racked up a lot in medical bills taking care of the ticks, kennel cough, and infection, plus all the blood work and xrays done to diagnose why he was limping. I have exhausted my savings trying to get him to the point that he is at now. I normally would not ask for help with bills but right now anything would be appreciated that more than I can express.
Right now we are looking at a cost of several thousand dollars (at the low end) when you take into account the consultation with the orthopedic surgeon, the surgery and the additional care he may need after. If there is any money left over after we take care of Leo, then it will be donated to an animal rescue.