Chanel

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We bought our dog Chanel, who is an American Bully, in May of 2013 from a breeder in NC. As soon as we picked her up we knew not only did we have a great pet but a wonderful addition to our family. Chanel has the sweetest temperament and personality and out of our three dogs is most loved by our two girls. Our dogs are a huge part of our family, and are like my other children.

On a Saturday morning we woke up to let the dogs out, as usual, and came in to a kitchen full of vomit and a very, very sick dog. Chanel had been throwing up all night! We took her to our vet, and after some blood work she was diagnosed with some type of unknown infection. She stayed at the vet for the day on IV fluids and we brought her home that night with some prescriptions to keep her from vomiting.

Saturday night she took a turn for the worse and would not lift her head off the ground, was extremely weak, and would not eat or drink. We took her in to the emergency vet where she was diagnosed with stomach ulcers that were causing severe internal bleeding. We almost lost her because of the significant amount of blood that was lost. We were told if we did not do emergency surgery right away she would die, and even with the surgery that was done there was not guarantee that it would stop the bleeding. She also needed a blood transfusion possibly two because of the significant amount of blood that was lost.

After a long night we received a call from the vet who performed the surgery saying that she was able to stop the bleeding temporarily, but due to where the ulcers were she was not able to remove the ulcers completely. On top of going through surgery, Chanel also had a reaction to the second blood transfusion that was given and had severe swelling in her face. It was so difficult to watch our sweet girl, in just two days go from being a healthy 80 pound dog to weighing 65 pounds and on the verge of

When we picked her up the next morning, she looked awful and was extremely weak. We were told for the next several days she would have to be under constant monitoring and we would need to take her back and forth between our regular vet and the emergency vet. All of this went on for a little over a week…trips back and forth to each vet and sleepless nights worrying. On top of all of the emotional stress there was the financial stress of not knowing how we were going to be able to afford these huge medical bills. We were faced with putting our one and half year old dog to sleep or paying out thousands of dollars in vet bills.

Thankfully, our sweet baby has pulled through, and is doing so much better. We owe a HUGE thank you to the amazing staff at Peaks View Animal hospital, especially Dr. Clements, the staff at the

Emergency Animal Clinic of Lynchburg, and the RHCCF for the huge blessing and help they so graciously gave financially! In the midst of the emotion and dealing with these emergency situations, especially when it comes to dealing with pets, you are faced with some hard decisions on whether you can afford to basically save your dogs life. Without the donation from RHCCF that was a very real and unfortunate decision we faced. We are so thankful for the financial relief they provided us in an extremely difficult time and for helping, along with the vets and technicians, save our sweet Chanel’s life! We are forever grateful!!!

Gypsy

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A year ago my pit bull named Gypsy was diagnosed with congestive heart failure due to heartworms despite being on a preventative medication.

Gypsy was on death’s door and the bill to help her was estimated to be at least $1,000.00. I am disabled with a set income and my dog Gypsy is not just a pet but an Emotional Support Assistant Animal, i.e. a PTSD dog. Without Gypsy in my life I would have gone downhill very fast. I would no longer be able to do simple things like going to the grocery store or just walking out of my fenced yard. Saving Gypsy’s life meant saving mine.

Gypsy was rescued from a breeder who planned to breed her again and again. I got her when she was 7 months old she was trained to assist me with my PTSD and without her my life would not be as full as it is now. Before Gypsy, I was unable to leave my home and now I can. When she is with me I feel able to cope with stressors that otherwise would make it impossible for me to have a normal life.

Gypsy’s ears were cut off by the breeder and she has other medical issues from improper breeding but none of those are life threatening like the congestive heart failure.

I look back and say Gypsy was rescued but in the end she rescued me, and the RHCCF rescued both of us. The RHCCF paid over half of Gypsy’s bill and with the help of family & friends and my vet working with me Gypsy got the care she needed. She is now 5 years old.

If not for the RHCCF help with funding the treatment Gypsy needed my rescuer wouldn’t be here with me today… for that I am very grateful.

Support RHCCF and help other disabled people like me help their best friends which in my case is my service dog. Trust me; your donations help more than you know it saves lives both human and animal.

~ Virginia

Christmas ornaments on sale now!

» Friday, November 28, 2014   » Support

 

[Updated 12/7/14] We are selling these ornaments exclusively at Gentle Care Animal Hospital for $2 each! All proceeds go to support the RHCCF.

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Lady

» Saturday, February 16, 2013   » Helped Pets

 

Lady is an elderly dog who started having urinary issues. She went to her vet who found out that she had bladder stones. Her owner applied for help to pay for the surgery. Lady had a cystotomy and the stones were removed. She had a rough time in recovery but the final word was that Lady is doing well.

June Bug

» Saturday, February 16, 2013   » Helped Pets

 

June Bug is a kitty who decided that a piece of ribbon might make a good meal. The ribbon did not agree with her however and her owners applied to the fund for help in getting it removed. She went to surgery and did well.