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PLEASE help Chewbacca get an MRI of his spine
$955 raised
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Chewbacca is a kind and gentle 5 1/2 year old male Malamute who is well known in his community (some call him famous) and loved by many! He loves howling at firetrucks, belly and chin scratches, going "bye-bye" with his head out the window...
Chewbacca is a kind and gentle almost 5 1/2 year old male Malamute living in North Bend, WA. He is well known in his community (some call him famous and he has his own facebook page to prove it) and liked by many! He loves howling at firetrucks, belly and chin scratches, going "bye-bye" with his head out the window, going for walks with his momma, and hanging out with his "pack". He is not just a dog to his mom, Christy, but her "fury bff" whom she loves and adores and spends almost all of her time with.

Chewy started yelping in pain when he gets up from the laying down position Wednesday, July 31st and ended up in the doggy ER late Saturday night August 3rd. A physical examination and many blood tests were run and everything came back "normal". Doctor's had ideas and theory's but could not find the reason for his pain so refereed the Olson family to a Neurologist. Meanwhile, Chewy was prescribed pain meds, muscle relaxers and a Neuro/nerve pain medicine to help manage his pain until he was able to see a specialist.

Today (Wednesday, August 12th) Chewy had his long, yet extensive Neurologist consult appointment @ Seattle Veterinary Specialists in Kirkland, Washington. A lot on information was received along with discussions on different avenues of how to go about his pain/treatment. His diagnosis is that he has nerve pain between the L4 and SI vertebrae on his left side. He will need an MRI of his spine ($1700) to find out exactly what his issue is and most likely surgery (another $5700+) if it is what they think this is, which is a spinal disease of some sort (intervertebral disk disease, neoplasia, diskospondylitis, meningitis/myelitis, or a degenerative disease). As of right now we are taking a more conservative approach and are managing his pain and discomfort with medications to "watch" and see where this goes. Chewy's mommy is looking in to some "Integrative medicine" as well which is canine physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, hydrotherapy, homeopathic and naturopathic means of controlling pain. Chewy's mommy is sad and trying to take this news all in. She wants to "fix" Chewy but the money it will cost to "fix" Chewbacca she simply does NOT have so that is really putting a strain on her heart as Chewbacca is "family" to the Olson's and such a large fixture in their every day lives.

Can you help the Olson's get Chewy the care he needs? Any amount is welcome and very much appreciated. Thank you <3
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