Please help our "buffalo"
$190 raised
48% of $400 goal
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Our beloved four-year old toy poodle, Tatonka (Tonka for short), needs help. On Sunday, July 15, I opened the back door and let the dogs outside into our fenced backyard. I began to walk away when I heard Tonka cry out. She somehow injured her left ...
Our beloved four-year old toy poodle, Tatonka (Tonka for short), needs help. On Sunday, July 15, I opened the back door and let the dogs outside into our fenced backyard. I began to walk away when I heard Tonka cry out. She somehow injured her left rear leg, and though I suspect that her 80-pound retriever sister accidentally ran into her or stepped on her foot, I can't be certain. Regardless of the cause of the trauma, Tonka immediately began limping and was clearly in pain. A late-night visit to the emergency vet resulted in the discovery that poor little Tonka has a luxating patella (a painful condition wherein the patella/knee cap slides out of place) in both rear legs, and that surgery would be required. This visit cost $248. A second visit to the vet today, during which Tonka was sedated and examined further, confirmed that she indeed needs to have surgery to correct the luxating patella in both hind legs, as well as cruciate repair in the recently injured leg. This visit cost $171.91, for a total of $419.91 in vet bills to date. We were able to cover that amount, thanks in part to my wonderful mother as well as a recent, fortuitous trip Dave made to the Riverside Casino. Tonka needs to have the surgery in the next few weeks to avoid further pain and physiological complications. I obtained a written estimate for costs of surgery from the vet that performed both examinations, and the total cost is $2210.45. Unfortunately, we do not have this kind of money. I will do anything I can to get my little Tonka the care that she needs. I am going to sell things on Ebay, I am going to have a garage sale, and I am going to call around to other vets to compare prices. If anyone has any suggestions or ideas on how else to raise money quickly, I would be eternally grateful to hear them. Additionally, donations (in the form of emotional support, bad jokes, or monetary assistance) are welcomed. Thank you for reading this, and thank you in advance for helping my little buffalo be able to roam again. ***Update*** My friend Kristene, who is a vet tech, literally provided a shoulder for me to cry on today. She recommended a vet in Cedar Rapids who might perform the surgery at a lower price. I followed her advice, and the new vet gave me an estimate of $1300, and they can get Tonka in as early as next week. Thank you Kristene, you just saved us $800!!! And in other great news, my dad decided to contribute a very generous amount, so thanks to the lower vet estimate and his donation, we only need to raise an additional $400. I am so grateful to my dad, my mom, Kristene, Lindsay, and to everyone else who has offered suggestions or sent me notes of support. I couldn't get through this without you all!
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