Weʼre raising £8,000 to pay for scans, arthroscopies and surgery for a rescue dog with arthritis and suspected dwarfism.
- Reigate, UK
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I rescued Frodo in Uganda, on 20th August 2014. He was living in a pile of rubbish with his brother and sister.
They were all starving, dehydrated and days from death. We fought Parvovirus together three times; they had such a fighting spirit!
When Frodo was around 3 months old, he started showing signs of abnormal bone growth in his legs.
Frodo's bones were growing in a curve and he was having more trouble moving around. Our vet in Uganda took x-rays and told me that Frodo had a congenital bone disorder but there was nothing that they could do over there to help him. We put Frodo on daily calcium, glucosamine and chondroitin tablets to help with his mobility. These tablets did help and Frodo was able to run and play with his pack.
When I returned to England in 2016, I decided to bring Frodo with me. He was least likely, out of my pack, to be re-homed in Uganda as not many people want a disabled dog and most couldn't afford or wouldn't be willing to pay for his daily medication; I thought Frodo might die if I left him behind. I also hoped to find someone who might be able to help with his limbs in England.
Frodo has been really happy living in England but recently his mobility has started to decrease and he has been unable to climb onto the sofa or the bed (Yes, I know...I spoil him!) His pain has also seemed to increase. Our vet here has put Frodo on daily Metacam for his pain and we were referred to the Supervet, Noel Fitzpatrick.
As you can see in this photo, not only are Frodo's bones curved, but the humerus is a lot shorter than it should be. We saw the Supervet on Tuesday 3rd April 2018; they say that Frodo has arthritis in both elbows and knees and think that he may have dwarfism. Scans and radiographs were inconclusive so they want to do an arthroscopy on both of Frodo's elbows and both knees.
I had to pay for the scans, radiographs and consultation, which was £1,700, on my credit card. I can not afford for Frodo to have the arthroscopies and resultant surgery. The Supervet think that the surgeries will cost over £10,000. I am asking you to help me to get Frodo the treatment that he needs. He is only 3 and a half years old, he shouldn't be in this much pain so young.
Thank you for your consideration, compassion and care, Jackie & Frodo
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About the fundraiser
I lived in Uganda from 2011-2016. I loved teaching an accelerated learning programme in an orphanage; I tried to help street children to go back home and participate in school; and I rescued 80+ street dogs, helping to get them well and re-homed with the local USPCA.