Please Help Nabisco Live pain free
Organized by: Michael Stewart
Nabisco is a young 22 month old Landseer Newfoundland. Biscuit (Nabisco’s nick- name) is a gentle giant that we fell in love with the moment we meet him. He is a AKC certified Good Canine Citizen, and was being trained as a therapy dog before he started to show signs of extreme discomfort, which you can read about below. Nabisco is a little jokester. He thinks that he is a lap dog and tries to fit his whole body on your lap, when he content that he has enough of his body on your lap he will bark at you to let you know that he wants you to start to pet him. Nabisco also enjoys having his belly rubbed, when he thinks that you are not paying attention to him he will start to roll around making grunting sounds so that have to stop what you are doing to check on him. His idea of drinking water is get his face at wet as possible; the bathtub is his favorite drinking hole and waits very patiently until you give in and turn the water on for him. He is such a sweet puppy and although he has been through so much in his short life, he is still as loving and gentle as ever. We first noticed signs that something might be wrong with him when he was around four months old. We had him in puppy training class, and one Saturday he started limping. The trainer suggested that we just let him rest, thinking that he might have overexerted himself. Over the next few week the limping continued but came in waves, so we decided to take him to the vet just to make sure that nothing serious was wrong with him. The vet told us that he had torn a ligament and proceeded to put him on some medication and bed-rest for six weeks. After the six weeks were up, he still wasn’t acting right and soon started to cry at night. We would have to adjust him in order to make him comfortable. After a couple of weeks things started to take a turn for the worst. So we decided to get x-rays taken, in hopes that we would discover the problem. We ended up having to take Nabisco to an orthopedic specialist who told us that he had OCD (shoulder dysplasia) in both shoulders and needed surgery right away. The orthopedic specialist didn’t feel comfortable doing both shoulders at the same time on a large breed dog, so he referred us to Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The specialist told us that the surgery would cost up to $5,000 and recommended that we apply for CareCredit. It took us three months to get an appointment at Purdue Veterinary Hospital to have him looked at. We took Nabisco in December 23, 2014 and he had his second surgery (first one was his neutering). When we picked him up Christmas Eve Nabisco had just been given a strong dose of pain medicine for the long car ride home so he was out of it. He woke us up at 3 a.m. Christmas Day wanting us to cuddle with him on the floor. Nabisco ended up having to go back for two checkups after the surgery for the OCD. The first checkup went as expected his plate test showed that he was distributing his weight a little more evenly then before he had the surgery. The second checkup I thought went well, but when I got a call from the vet later that night they told me that Nabisco needed to come in for more x-rays. The x-rays ended up showing that Nabisco not only had elbow dysplasia, but also had Panosteitis in his front limbs. Panosteitis is known as growing pains and could last until he was eighteen months. he Nabisco was schedule for his third surgery and given We had Nabisco was born with a hernia, and elbows that were injured. he has had multiple surgeries and has to have at least two more surgeries. I am still paying on 4 grand from previous surgeries and am having to put 8 to 12 grand on care credit for two hind leg surgeries. I could use any help that is available to pay for his surgery. Nabisco is a certified AKC good citizen. and was being trained as a therapy dog before he started to show signs of extreme discomfort. Around Christmas Nabisco started to show signs that he was in pain again so we took him to the vet thinking that he just had arthritis Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital told us Monday that Nabisco has still the happy go lucky dog that he always is.