Reaching for Love ~ Mama MaeDog's Surgery fund
$155 raised
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My name is Cynnara and am reaching out to you for your help. I'm manifesting financial assistance for Mae~ my dog. I am a single mother and owner of a local island business, that everyday serves the community & the environment.

Mae is an 8 year old ...
My name is Cynnara and am reaching out to you for your help. I'm manifesting financial assistance for Mae~ my dog. I am a single mother and owner of a local island business, that everyday serves the community & the environment. Mae is an 8 year old lab mix. I adopted her when she was a puppy from the local Animal Shelter, sparing her life by a few days…she had been in the “slammer” for several months in a kill shelter. She became my best & loyal friend ~ and over time became my daughter’s best friend. Last year at an annual visit, we discovered she had 4 tumors ~ 1 of which was cancerous. Several weeks ago, Mae ruptured her Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). The vet has given me a few different options. All requiring surgery. The best choice for a dog of her bodyweight and active lifestyle can range from $2,500-3,500. The second option is a conventional surgery, generally used with smaller animals, costing around $1,000. Any donations you could make would help us greatly. Love & Light ~ Cynnara TPLO Surgery: TPLO, or tibial plateau leveling osteotomy, is a surgical procedure that changes the angle of the tibial plateau by cutting the bones in the dog's leg with a special saw. The damaged ligament is removed and a metal plate is installed, allowing the joint to function fairly normally in most cases after healing. Serious side effects occur in some cases, including complete failure of the surgical procedure. However, many veterinary surgeons still consider TPLO the "gold standard" in treatment for a ruptured ACL. This procedure costs an average of $2,680 for average-sized dogs. Giant-breed dogs may incur additional costs for anesthesia and time spent in surgery. TTA Surgery: Tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA) is a newer alternative to TPLO surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in dogs. This procedure is somewhat less invasive than tibial plateau leveling osteotomy. TTA still involves cutting into bones in a dog's leg, but in TTA surgery a non-weight bearing area of the bone is cut. The bone is then moved to change the relationship between the patellar tendon and the tibial plateau angle. The cost of TTA surgery is comparable to that of TPLO surgery, at about $2,680 for average-sized dogs. Additional Costs: The cost to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament is not limited to the price of surgery. The injury must first be diagnosed, which may require X-rays and/or an ultrasound. After surgery, the dog will need pain medication, follow-up visits to the vet and at least two sets of x-rays to ensure that the joint is healing correctly. All told, the total cost of treating a dog's torn ACL with TPLO or TTA surgery is likely to be over $3,000. Total costs with conventional surgery are likely to come to $1,000 or more.
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