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Give Bruce a Chance to Breathe and Save his Life!
$2,952 raised
84% of $3.5k goal
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4 Years running
Recently, The Siberian Husky Emergency Life Line Fund, Inc. (The SHELL Fund) has taken on a very serious medical case with a young husky, Bruce, who is just barely one year of age. He was an owner surrender by a young 18 year old that was getting ...
Recently, The Siberian Husky Emergency Life Line Fund, Inc. (The SHELL Fund) has taken on a very serious medical case with a young husky, Bruce, who is just barely one year of age. He was an owner surrender by a young 18 year old that was getting ready to go off to college and her mother wanted this poor little guy given away. She didn’t want to just give him to anyone so she looked to us for guidance and ultimately surrendered Bruce over to our rescue.

Here's the scoop...Bruce, was diagnosed with Laryngeal Paralysis when he was 12 weeks old. He underwent corrective surgery to open up his airway with a laser and seemed to be doing well immediately following. The previous owner thought that he was “out of the woods” and would live a happy life besides from a small chance of aspirating and therefore requiring an elevated food dish. We took Bruce into rescue assuming his hereditary condition was resolved, but we were wrong. When we had Bruce at the vet to be neutered (a requirement for adoption) our vet found it was very difficult to intubate him because his airway is about the size of a dime. This is when we found that the procedure that was done only caused more damage. With Bruce’s airway being this small he is constantly struggling for oxygen, this causes anxiety, which then makes him breathe harder, and struggle more. We started doing some research and found out that the procedure that had been done was a very old procedure that the girl was hoaxed into completing by her vet because she could not afford the procedure that would give this boy a nearly normal life. Currently Bruce’s life consists of being crated all day, going out to a small pen to potty, eating, but no play time, no running around with other dogs, and no walks.

BUT THERE IS SOME HOPE FOR BRUCE...this can all be corrected and fixed with your help, and Bruce can go on to live a nearly normal life of a one year old husky.

Bruce went to see a "soft tissue" specialist, Dr. Sheldon Padgett, at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital in Akron, OH. After some diagnostic testing we have decided that there are only two options for Bruce, a Laryngeal Tie-back, with risks for aspirating, or having a Tracheostomy done, with a lot of wound managment care until the Trach-Stoma heals. The President of the organization, Kristen, is a Registered Nurse, so she will pick which procedure will benefit Bruce the best especially since she will be providing all the medical care in recovery. Dr. Padgett said it is up to us to decided what we are most comfortable with and he supports either decision.

HERE'S WHERE YOU GUYS COME IN...Bruce needs one of these $3000+ procedures to save his life. Without it he faces an inhumane life of confinement and therefore the vet would recommend euthansia if neither procedure can be accomplished. Currently Bruce's tongue turns blue and he will pass out if allowed to romp around the yard like a normal dog. Emergency surgery in needed ASAP or we will be forced to have Bruce euthanized because it is not fair to him to see him struggling so hard to breath and suffering due to lack of oxygen. Please donate NOW so Bruce can go on and be a happy adolescent husky...Bruce THANKS YOU IN ADVANCE!!!!
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