Please help us pay for Griffy's vet bills.
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Griffy is a wonderful, loving 3 year old golden retriever who has neurological problems with his hind legs. We are trying to find the underlying cause and then the potential solution to give him a better life. When he was 7 months old, he started ...
Griffy is a wonderful, loving 3 year old golden retriever who has neurological problems with his hind legs. We are trying to find the underlying cause and then the potential solution to give him a better life. When he was 7 months old, he started having trouble with his hind legs. He fell down while running and that is when it became obvious there was a real problem. His legs started getting wobbly and his walking became very stilted along with limping. He would gradually worsen after 30-45 minutes of walking. He started standing with his hind feet hyper-extended so that his paw pads appear as bumpers in front of his feet and his reflexes were determined to be delayed and diminished. He was checked for injury, for neurological problems and for orthopedic problems. At that point (after a lot of tests) the vets did not know if he had ortho symptoms caused by neuro problems or the other way around. He gradually improved a little and held his own for about a year. This past Christmas, he started a rapid decline for several months and currently seems to remain at a new plateau. He is able to run and play for short periods of time because he is then using multiple muscle groups, but afterwards his walking suffers for the rest of the day. We also have to worry about injury because of muscle weakness, delayed reflexes and instability. He cannot walk for more than 10-15 minutes without his feet and legs getting wobbly and his hyper-extension becoming so severe that it is difficult for him to walk & we have to stop and put leather booties on his hind feet. He is not able to get the exercise a young dog needs so he is very frustrated. We have been back to ortho, neuro and medical vets and more tests have been done. We went to new vets and got 2nd opinions. All of these vets feel strongly that the problems are neurological rather than orthopedic. We were referred to an excellent neurologist who thinks that the problems are most likely related to abnormality of Griffy’s spinal column/cord and he has proposed a list of tests that he would like to do in order to find the specific underlying problem. This will include x-rays, MRI’s, spinal tap, electro-diagnostic study and possible biopsy. If we can pin down the cause and there is any chance of helping him, I would like so much to do so. Finances are such that I cannot afford these tests. Then there will be follow-up surgery or treatment needed. I am trying to help him in the only way I can think of at this point which is by asking for help from others. We are hoping for dog lovers out there who would be willing to donate some funds to pay for these tests and follow-up care. If a lot of people each helped even a little bit, maybe we can find out what is wrong and make his life better for him. He so deserves it. Griffy has a happy,sweet and joyful attitude and has been amazingly well behaved even through his most frustrating times. I would love for him to have a normal, or as nearly normal a life as possible. After all is said and done, any remaining funds will be donated to Golden Retriever Rescue in Griffy's name. Thank you so much!!! DONATIONS CAN ALSO BE MAILED TO: (make sure you put notation "for Griffy Curley- owner Mary Curley") East Bay Veterinary Specialists Attn: Angela 2803 Ygnacio Valley Road Walnut Creek CA 94598 phone 925 937-5001
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