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Weʼre raising £5,000 to help fund surgery for our border collie called Dexter, who has severe hip dysplasia, to have bilateral total hip replacement.

Essex united kingdom

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We are a family of 4 and me and my partner both work but are on low incomes. We collected our new addition in March 2017 and called him dexter. Over the following weeks we noticed he was in pain and so made the trip to the vets where he under went xrays. We were then told the news that he had severe hip dysplasia and will require bilateral hip replacement. We spoke to the Fitzpatrick centre and were told that the cost of this is £7000 per hip. We have pet insurance but the total they will cover per condition per year is £2000. This means that this year they will cover £2000 of one hip but if the other needs to be done before the insurance renews next year we will need to fund the whole amount for the second hip. This will total £12000 for the both hips. Once he has the surgery he will have a new lease of life. The alternative as he ages is unthinkable if we are unable to fund the surgery. We are doinh everything else possible to help him and this includes weekly hydrothetapy sessions to build up his muscles around his joints and also vitamin supplements and an addition of tripe to his diet.
We would appreciate any help as every little donation will take us a step closer to being able to help dexter to gain a new lease of life.

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  • Rachel ottosen-gowlett4 months ago
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    Rachel ottosen-gowlett

    4 months ago

    Dexter is doing well so far. The hydrotherapy has done amazing for him. He now does the little things that we never thought he would do due to his hips, like cocking his leg to go for a wee or being able to jump up at you on his back legs. He still really needs tbe surgery as his hips will only deteriorate as he gets older so we do really appreciate all donations. Thank you to all the people that have donated so far, you dont know how much it means to us. We absolutely love dexter and cant imagine our lives without him x

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  • Rachel ottosen-gowlett7 months ago
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    Rachel ottosen-gowlett

    7 months ago

    Here is dexter at a year old now, just snoozing in his favourite spot where he can keep an eye out for neighbourhood watch. With his energy and love of playing fetch, you would not know that he was struggling at all with any pain. We have been taking him for weekly hydrotherapy sessions but the pain will still gradually increase as he ages which is why he needs the hip replacements so badly. All your help and support has been so very much appreciated and we just want to say thank you and a big woof woof from dexter too.

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  • Rachel ottosen-gowlett9 months ago
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    9 months ago

    Dexter is now 10 months old and such a cheeky character. His hip pain is improving with hydrotherapy and It is the little things that many people would not think anything of. For example: dexter being able to lift his back leg to go to the toilet or when he jumps up at you (not something people want) but to us it means more improvement in the strength of his legs. We know that he will struggle as he gets older but until then we will continue to fundraise for him. Please do share this page as any donations are appreciated so much. Thank you.

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Page last updated on: 7/14/2018 10:31 PM



  • Anonymous


    Jul 14, 2018

    He's so funny and adorable. Let's hope people can dig a little and help give him the lifemhe deserves xx


  • Sarah kell

    Sarah kell

    Jan 31, 2018

    i hope this helps x


  • Anonymous


    Nov 10, 2017

    Hope you get all the donations that you need as Dexter so deserves it x

  • Deborah James

    Deborah James

    Nov 6, 2017

    Sorry I can’t give more. Good luck


  • teri woodward

    teri woodward

    Aug 27, 2017

    A gift from Chloe and rapunzel. Hope dexter is better soon xxx


  • Peter Crowhurst

    Peter Crowhurst

    Jul 19, 2017

    Not a lot I know but I hope it helps


  • Donna Harley

    Donna Harley

    Jul 17, 2017

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Rachel ottosen-gowlett

Rachel ottosen-gowlett

Essex united kingdom

I am trying to raise the required amount to help our family pet. He is a part of our family and i need to do everything i can to try and help him. He deserves every chance at a full and happy life.

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