On Christmas Eve my family discovered that my dog Marley was not acting himself. On Christmas we took him to the vet and they were unable to tell me a lot of information because I could not afford the x-ray or blood work. When at the pet ER myself and my sister maxed out every card we could to get him seen. The next 48 hours he began to get worse so I gathered what I could together and took him to another vet. Still they cannot do much for him because of my funds issue. He was acting like himself for the most part until a day ago. Now I have to come up with the money to get him to the vet so that we can figure out what is wrong with him. He is not myself and it is causing a lot of stress on him and myself. He cannot do the things that he once did and you can tell that he is bothered. He was once a vibrant dog; able to get around and move without assistance, now he needs help going out to use the bathroom. He cannot walk without losing his balance, he barely eats and it appears that his mind is there however his body wants to give up and I don't want to let that happen. I have been told that they think that he may have a ruptured or herniated disc however I cannot afford the x-ray or blood work at this time to see what the issue really is. I am ashamed of this. I love my dog and pray everyday that he comes out of this but I am no longer sure of what to do. Has anyone else had this happen before? He is 6 years old. I have had him since he was 8 weeks. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
***Edited By: pyrmom on 1/5/2014 8:17:39 PM*** Reason: removed link
With the fees you paid the three vets, you probably could have paid for x-rays at the first. I'm sorry you're having such a rough time with Marley. Might want to check with the vet to see if you can work out a payment plan.
In the meanwhile, I've had to remove the link to your fund raiser until you contact admin and they give permission for it to be posted.
Again, best of luck and here's hoping Marley makes a full and quick recovery.
"Some days you're the dog; some days you're the hydrant". author unknown
if you can travel to Durant, Ok there is a vet there that is ridiculously cheap. Most of the professional breeders travel to use him, I travel 90 miles to do anything that isn't routine. Even most of my emergencies can done there. Pm me and I can help you if you need it. But in the meantime, let's talk about something delicate here. I know you love your dog, and would do anything to help him. But there comes a time that you cannot afford any more treatment or diagnostics. You've done everything and maybe this would be a lifelong condition that is really expensive. There is no shame in humane euthanasia as an option. we love our animals, no doubt. The beautiful fella you see on my ID is Duke. He is 10 now not the robust youth in the picture. He is the most wonderful dog and I love him to pieces. But he is ridden with arthritis. He is having a very tough time getting up and down the porch's 4 steps. He falls a lot. He cannot walk on linoleum floors anymore. There is nothing I can for him except pain meds, krill oil and other joint supplements and putting little carpet squares in a path to the door in the kitchen and assisting him up the steps, if he'll let me. I know the day is coming that I have to make that decision. because I've done everything in my power to give him every moment possible. BUt say there was a new treatment that could give him and extra year or 2, but it's $5,000 a year. I don't have that kind of money. It would be agonizing here, but I would have to opt out of that treatment, because I can't risk losing my home or car or go deep into debt. Sometimes you have to realize the hard truth. We love them but we have to stay practical. And there is no shame in putting an animal out of it's misery because we can't afford the treatment. It's the loving thing to do. I would say get your dog diagnosed and take it from there.. I really frown on vets that don't diagnose first, then treat if they suspect it's a long term condition. The owner has a right to know if this is a long expensive journey so they can make some decisions. I'm sorry to be blunt, but SOMEONE has to say it. I'm very sorry, and I hope this is just something simple that was missed in the first exam.