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Hello, I'm a long time lurker and very infrequent commenter. The dog of a good friend of mine needs help. Her little dog Tu is in trouble and needs surgery as soon as possible to repair his leg; She doesn't make enough money to pay for the surgery offhand, given that she's also supporting her elderly mother. I thought I'd see if the Daily Kos community would want to chip in a little something to help her out. Tu is really all she has, and it would be awful if she had to lose him.

Here's a link to help donate below, if you're willing to help. Check the update tab in the link below for the most recent details

http://igg.me/...

Thanks so much guys

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  •  Poor dog (13+ / 0-)

    I think people might be more comfortable if you say how much she needs, and a contact for the vet where they could call and donate to the bill directly.

    No real names of you or your friend are required, just the vet's. I'm sure they won't have more than one Tu that needs surgery and they'll know where to apply the money.

  •  Another suggestion for your friend, contact (6+ / 0-)

    the UC Davis Vet school to see if they have a clinic for people with pets in need to see if you can get Tu an X ray for less.

  •  I am confused. The link says that $890 of the $500 (7+ / 0-)

    goal has been raised.

    Plus, $400 for one xray? Never heard of it and I work with pets for a living. I would advise shopping around.

    Dr. Nancy Kay in her book, "Speaking for Spot" gives a national average of $125 for an xray. They are about $75 here.

    Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature.

    by ZenTrainer on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 08:34:15 PM PST

    •  She evidently needs 3800 for ACL surgery. (3+ / 0-)
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      gerrilea, Kay Observer2, whaddaya

      Cliclk the link

      The dog has had he x-ray and the x-ray is posted.

      Take a look and tell me what you think.

      To Goldman Sachs in according to their desires, From us in accordance with the IRS.

      by Bluehawk on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 08:53:34 PM PST

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      •  I can't read x-rays, but there are a lot of (5+ / 0-)

        questions to ask the vet. Is it a partial or complete tear?
        Is the other knee affected (in 50% of cases after the first knee is surgically repaired the 2nd knee goes out.)

        What kind of surgery will be done? Is weight loss needed?
        Supplements?

        Whats really happening with ACL surgery is that the
        ligament is being stabilized and an attempt is being made to prevent future arthritis.

        A lot of people can't afford the treatment so use pain management, controlled diet and exercise as well as supplements to prevent arthritis.

        Given the high price of the x-rays already done I would shop around for surgeons that charge less. Some are traveling surgeons that come to your vets clinic so they don't have overhead to pay for so aren't as expensive.

        This is such a common surgery though that surgeons aren't really needed - as in specialized surgeons. Any clinic with 4 or more vets has one that does these every day or so.

        There is a special credit card that any vet can hook you up with- Care Credit that can help pay also.

        Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature.

        by ZenTrainer on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 09:28:51 PM PST

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  •  My heart goes out (4+ / 0-)

    to your friend! I just went through a similar ordeal- my dog was attacked by another dog, and got a scratched cornea which developed an ulcer. It was possible that he would need a surgical procedure, which was $800, in addition to the $260 for the emergency visit, and $350 opthalmologist appointment.
    Its so hard to see our most beloved friends in pain, and know that we can't afford their care.
    What I did was make a ChipIn page, with photos of the dog, and his story, and set amount I needed. People who felt comfortable giving directly to me donated, including total strangers. I posted the link to the page on facebook, twitter, craigslist, anywhere I could think of.
    As it turned out, he didn't need surgery. Through the ChipIn page I was able to raise enough to cover most of what his care cost. (if I had raised extra beyond what he needed I had planned to donate it to a breed rescue) Its free to set up a ChipIn page, you also need to use PayPal or some way of transferring the money. There are small fees involved but its free to set up. There are other fundraising sites, too, I just used ChipIn.
    Also, if the dog is a purebred, try contacting breed rescues and seeing if they can help spread the word of an animal in need.
    I hope some of that is helpful.

  •  Vets (3+ / 0-)
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    Depending on where your friend lives she may be able to find a vet that charges on a sliding scale, here in denver we have a place called max fund which offer services at a reduces rate.  

  •  Honestly. $400 for an x-ray? You must be kidding. (5+ / 0-)

    I am in rescue, xtremely sympathetic, worked for a vet etc., but buddy in a bag, $400 for x-rays?

    Let me say this right off hand. No.

    That could be turned to a big yes of help if:

    1) I could see the actual estimate in a photo by the vet posted. Some clinics are just WAY too greedy. Greed doesn't exclude veterinarians. I want to see WHAT is being done and what charge is associated with that. I can tell you for a fact that big vet bills don't necessarily mean great results.

    2) That the owner had sought help from not only local veterinary clinics, but others (non profit orgs) seeking help.

    3) Is this person a DK person?

    I am very familiar with vet costs. This seems quite high.

    I ask that you repost with a copy of the vet estimate for x-ray views, etc. I cannot, and will not, help until I have a clear picture (sorry for the pun) that this is legitimate and that costs are reasonable.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 10:03:20 PM PST

  •  I don't know about this (2+ / 0-)
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    Kay Observer2, whaddaya

    but my Golden had a dislocated elbow after being hit by a car and in cost me over five grand.

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