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Closed 17/09/2017

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    Weʼve raised £565 to Help pay for 'Wellie', my golden retrievers 7th operation

    New Forest District, United Kingdom
    Funded on Sunday, 17th September 2017

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    Wellington 'Wellie', is my 8 year old golden retriever. When he was 2, he had an accident, which caused damage to the ligaments in his left paw. He had an operation to fuse the bones in his paw. Unfortunately after 6 months the operation had failed, and so he had his second operation to fuse his paw and his wrist. He had a bone graft and a metal plate down his forearm with 9 screws. These two operations were covered by his pet insurance. Sadly 3 days after his surgery he developed a horrible infection, which ultimately developed into osteomyelitis (infection in the bone) He had multiple gaping sores all over his paw, which I dressed daily for 9 weeks. He remained stoic throughout, and allowed me to dress and bandage his wounds every day without complaint. I took over his dressings, because by now, we had run out of insurance money. He was on antibiotics for a year to keep the bugs at bay. A year after his 2nd operation they were finally able to remove the metalwork, which was harbouring the bugs. All seemed fine, until 3 months later he became very poorly again with a high temperature and swollen leg. I then discovered a broken screw had been left in place, and this had resulted in a recurrence of his infection. This meant a fourth operation to locate and remove the final screw. He then had a fairly prolonged good spell, before he injured his paw out walking one day. Because his leg is rigid, he is unable to flex his paw, as a result he has a very abnormal gait. He scuffs his middle toenails, and ultimately in April this year the decision was made to remove the 3rd toenail. After 4 months the wound still hadn't healed. 2 weeks ago he had more surgery at SCVS to amputate the whole toe. Once again the wound has broken down and become infected. He is having daily dressings under sedation, and yet he remains my gentle giant, who never complains. His on-going costs are financially crippling me, and have reached around £13,000, but, will do anything to keep him on 4 legs



    • Melanie Healey3 years ago
      Melanie Healey

      Melanie Healey

      3 years ago

      Thank you so much again for all the incredibly generous donations. Wellie had another dressing change yesterday, and there is an improvement in the wound. Much less discharge, and no need to cut away any dead tissue. Back again to the vets tomorrow. He's much brighter in himself, and is walking slightly better.

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    • Melanie Healey3 years ago
      Melanie Healey

      Melanie Healey

      3 years ago

      Wellie remains typically happy in spite of the fact he has had no exercise for 3 weeks. Back again to Southern Counties tomorrow for the wound to be flushed and debrided again. Poor chap has to be starved every other day, as they sedate him to do the dressing. He takes it all in his stride, and I'm sure he now knows what's going to follow. He greets the reception staff by putting his front paws on the desk, and loves it when they welcome him with lots of cuddles.

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    • Melanie Healey3 years ago
      Melanie Healey

      Melanie Healey

      3 years ago

      I'm overwhelmed by the donations received so far. People's generosity is quite unbelievable, and I am so grateful . I have just collected Wellie from the. Yes, having had the wound debrided again. As usual, he greets me with huge enthusiasm, and always puts his front paws on the reception desk to say goodbye to the girls. What he doesn't realise is that we will be repeating this process again on Monday, and potentially for a few more weeks to come. At £200 a visit, the costs continue to mount. Every penny donated will make a difference.

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    • Lesley Harris

      Lesley Harris

      Sep 13, 2017

      Love Wellie ❤️


    • Penny Lovell

      Penny Lovell

      Sep 12, 2017

      Thinking of you all xx


    • Dena Saunderson

      Dena Saunderson

      Sep 3, 2017

      Meant to do this a while ago! Better late than never. X


    • Cheryl Boettger

      Cheryl Boettger

      Aug 26, 2017

      Every little helps to get him back to a dogs life !


    • Dominic Healey

      Dominic Healey

      Aug 23, 2017

      Get well Wellie


    • Sue Farwell

      Sue Farwell

      Aug 23, 2017

      Get well soon Wellie! Thinking of you Mel. Big hugs xxx


    • Anonymous


      Aug 22, 2017

      get well Wellie xx


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    Melanie Healey

    Melanie Healey

    New Forest District, United Kingdom

    I work for the NHS, and live with my 6 dogs. 4 golden retrievers and 2 cockapoos. When I was forced to give up all of my sporting activities, my life was suddenly very empty. My dogs have completely transformed my life, and I cannot imagine a life without them.

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