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!!!