Back Posted on Friday 14th of September in Auckland, under Asking for time > Animals

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I desperately need help from a vet

I need vet help for my dog, but nobody will let me pay their services off. My love dog is not in pain, but I am desperate for help from a vet who will let me work off or pay off their services please

I have a beautiful old spaniel, our 'love dog', who is extremely special to our family, and who we got many years ago from the SPCA in easier times. But these days, as a solo mum, I am now struggling to feed us all, let alone magic up money for vet care.

I have begged for help from our vet, and many others, but nobody including the SPCA will see my dog and let me pay off their services.

My dog is not in pain, but she has an issue that requires help, possibly minor surgery and it is causing us huge stress, and my children and I many tears over her every day.

Because she is an old girl, I just get told that if I have no money to surrender her to be put down (oh dear, more tears!) and our hearts are breaking. She is so happy and healthy, eating and drinking, full of energy and we don't want to give up on our love dog yet. I would never be so selfish as to let her suffer, and recently an animal welfare inspector agreed with me that she is happy and not in pain.

We are having a difficult time because of financial issues, now this is my last resort to avoid loosing my beautiful much loved little dog because of this too.

I am not asking for anything for free, I am asking for some leniency. I am so capable and can handle any office duties, cleaning cages - heck I can do anything to work off the cost - or I will set up an AP to pay off everything as best I can. I am trustworthy and honest, have references if needed - I am just beside myself, in desperate need of help for my dog and I will do/work/help/give anything to get it.

I hope my plea makes it somehow to someone who can help us, we so dearly love our dog, and we can't go on crying over her every day, trying to change dressings and being turned down everywhere because I don't have the money upfront.

Thank you for your time, and bless you for your consideration!

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Location: Auckland, Auckland

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    Hi Dragonseeker, I feel for you because I know what it means to love your dog like a member of the family. I have emailed my vet the link to this listing to see if they could help at all, its not much but I hope something might come of it - perhaps other people could also try to spread the word? Best wishes.
    by Little Dog () on Friday 14th of September  (report this comment)

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    Hi, I hope we can find a solution for you and your dog. I know you are not asking for money, but in order to try and figure something out, it would be helpful to know what the cost of the treatment would be? Best wishes,
    by Liger () on Friday 14th of September  (report this comment)

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    Hi. It is the mandate of the SPCA to help animals. The SPCA in my area has helped me when my little girl needed surgery to remove a half a kilogram mamory tumor and the vet pulled the same stunt on me as you ran into no services unless paid at time of services, then I had to cancel the appointment for the surgery because I couldnt come up with the 430.00 dollars for her surgery. THen the vet doctor had the odascity to tell me that he was going to have to report me to animal welfare SPCA for not looking after my dog for not having the surgery done on her. I went to the SPCA and told them the situation I was in financially, and how I did go to the vets and what I was told there. Right away the Inspector of the SPCA took matters into his own hands, made arrangements with another vet booked the appointment for the surgery, took my dog for her surgery, paid for the surgery and delivered my dog back home to me also made arrangements for me to pay the bill off in weekly installments that I could afford. So my suggestion is to go back to the SPCA and ask to speak with the Inspector him or herself and just be honest with them and tell them the situation.
    by makala () on Friday 14th of September  (report this comment)

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    This Offer was accepted! by Dragonseeker on Saturday 15th of September.

    tidybug () responded on Friday 14th of September:

    hi Dragonseeker... this vet was on fair go ( watch Wednesday August 22nd on demand) his name is William Baird and he provides low cost vet care, Automatic payments and direct debits.He is at Great South Vets, 785 Gt South rd, Papatoetoe ph 278 4165. He seems an extremely compassionate and kind. please let us know how you get on..xx

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    Dragonseeker rated tidybug
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    Thank you for your time and advice :)
  • Comment

    I wish I had the money to pay for you. If you get stuck I will try and help. Maybe if likeminded people like myself and others can make donations? Im really struggling with this one. I just want to say I will pay it. But like you I cant. Must be so heartbreaking, why can't vets understand sometimes. I know its business.
    by dreamdancer () on Friday 14th of September  (report this comment)

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    Hi there, I am very sorry to hear about your current plight.. I m not in a great financial situation, and have little to spare, but should you be unable to find a solution - I would readily be willing to loan 1000... I wish I could give you the money! But like you I struggle.. I am sure that anyone who has a dog would be able to relate to this and I wish you the best, like I said although I do not have a lot to offer if it would lend you the money to get or contribute to the treatment I would be most obliging :) Best of luck.
    by aucklander () on Friday 14th of September  (report this comment)

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    This Offer was accepted! by Dragonseeker on Saturday 15th of September.

    rustymoths () responded on Friday 14th of September:

    Hi, You could try the vet in Te Atatu Peninsula. They let a friend pay off her vet bills, but don't know if this is standard practice for them.

    rustymoths rated Dragonseeker
    and gave the following feedback:
    Thanks for the updates about Sophie.
    Dragonseeker rated rustymoths
    and gave the following feedback:
    Thank you for your time and advice :)
  • Comment

    Aww wata cute doggy. All the best :)
    by ducky026 () on Friday 14th of September  (report this comment)

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    This Offer was accepted! by Dragonseeker on Saturday 15th of September.

    starfish64 () responded on Saturday 15th of September:

    Hi Dragonseeker yes the Great South Vet as tidybug has mentioned do allow automatic payments and are very lenient and make it affordable for you as I had I had a similar problem but with my cat 2years ago and wasn't in a financial position for a visit to the vet so I rang around and they were the only vet I found allowing time payment I was so happy and very grateful and even when I missed a few payments here and there they were more than understanding as long as I rung them and let them know they were fine with it here is there website http://www.greatsouthvets.co.nz/ under services at the bottom will be payment methods mentioning they allow automatic payments/Direct debits.God bless you my heart goes out to your family and dog x0x Please let me know how you get on: )

    starfish64 rated Dragonseeker
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    All the best : )...I'm glad the Great South Vet was able to help you out in some way thanks- for the updates.God bless your family & Sophie dog x0x0
    Dragonseeker rated starfish64
    and gave the following feedback:
    Thank you so much for your time and great advice :)
  • Comment

    Dragonseeker (the listing owner) commented:
    Thanks everybody, for so much kindness, I know animal lovers understand.. I'm heading to Great South Vets today as they do have a fee I can pay today to get advice at least. I'm terrified and already pretty distressed about what the outcome will be, but I do need to know what the options are. Please god, let there be options... I will comment again later when I know more...
    by Dragonseeker () on Saturday 15th of September  (report this comment)

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    Hi there I was just going to reconmend great south rd vets and seen some one else has let us know how you go
    by wenz3 () on Saturday 15th of September  (report this comment)

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    Hi Dragonseeker, So sorry to hear your story. I wish I can help but I am not a vet :( I wish you all the best for finding the vet to help your dog. Would be happily help and do some fund raising for your dog - do you know how much the treatment would be? I am sure there are lots of animal lovers out there would hate to see your dog and your family suffer over this. Best Wishes
    by Candice () on Saturday 15th of September  (report this comment)

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    Agree with Candice - happy to do some fundraising for your dog. Hope the advice from the vet is positive.
    by Liger () on Saturday 15th of September  (report this comment)

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    Dragonseeker (the listing owner) commented:

    Hi everyone, wow thank you all for your kind thoughts and wishes! I'm not usually one to ask for help, so it's quite overwhelming how caring everyone is!

    I found Great South Vets to be amazing, a whole team of lovely ladies, they were so efficient and busy, but also really caring and understanding too. Their price at $29 (vs. $53 at my local vet) meant that I could get in to see them, and a beautiful friend had funraised and paid for the treatment that was over and above this (heartwarming and humbling to say the least!) and looked after my children while I went. It was the hardest thing I've ever done, and thought they would advise that I put her down - but the vet said that she DID NOT NEED to be put down! (SO happy!). But that the tumours (most likely benign, but she has several that have ruptured and are exposed, and quite large) would require quite extensive surgery. The surgery would cost about $1000 and she would need liver and kidney testing first, and realistically, at her age there is a chance that she might not survive the surgery and recovery.

    She is on a long term of antibiotics to stop the tumours getting infected, and deal with an infection already deep within one, and has a special wash to help. My decision now, is whether or not to risk the surgery... and need to consider price, risk and ultimately distress to my dog. I don't know what to do, but I wanted to update you all, lovely caring responders, that she is okay!! Not going to loose her yet! But I have lots of thinking to do, as the tumours are weeping, large and ugly wounds on my love dog..

    Thank you all again! I am leaving the listing in case another vet could offer me an opinion regarding surgery and the risks, and maybe help with the testing to see whether she would survive it.. Bless ya all! xxx

    by Dragonseeker () on Monday 17th of September  (report this comment)

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    Best wishes to you and your family and of course doggy. Big decisions, but at least you have choices and some hope as before there was nothing. Hope is a good thing. :) And good friends you have.
    by dreamdancer () on Monday 17th of September  (report this comment)

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    Oh your poor family!!! My heart breaks for you! Sometimes we have to make these decisions to put our loved pet to sleep. I know it broke my heart when I had to several years ago. I still have the wound it made in my heart. But, I made the choice for him and I couldn't have chosen differently. It makes me mad that a condition gets worse, to acute stage because of blimmin money...or rather, the lack of it. When I moved towns, I had to change Dr's and these ones don't allow accounts, regardless of the situation and the fact my child has high medical needs. It is sad. So sad these days. I wish you and your family all the very best, *HUGS* from me and David xx
    by Assistance Dog for David () on Monday 17th of September  (report this comment)

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    Dragonseeker (the listing owner) commented:

    Thank you again everyone :) And huge love and blessings back at you all! Sophie dog is doing well on the antibiotics, the dreadful smell from the tumours has gone and they are not weeping so much. I still have decisions to make, but I am comfortable that I am not being cruel keeping her with us and that I have some time to consider them.

    She's been by my side through some tough times, and I'm not leaving hers until she lets me know that she's had enough!

    by Dragonseeker () on Tuesday 18th of September  (report this comment)

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    This Offer was accepted! by Dragonseeker on Monday 1st of October.

    maggie005 () responded on Tuesday 25th of September:

    Wow.... I have an offer/suggestion. At first this might seem a way out there, and, I am not into this anywhere else in my life, but there is an animal whisperer I have used twice for 2 animals and it really helped make some decisions similar to what you are going through. It is done remotely and I am happy to pay for the consult if you wish to go ahead.

    If it doesn't hurt them or my family then I am very open to exploring ideas and options further. Let me know it you want to find out more. I am not related to this lady in any way, I saw her one morning years ago on Breakfast TV when I was so stuck about whereto go/what to do about my fluffy darling. The response from her you can take or leave it.

    maggie005 rated Dragonseeker
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    all the best :-)
    Dragonseeker rated maggie005
    and gave the following feedback:
    Thank you so much Maggie005, for your kind offer! What a lovely idea, and I appreciate it a great deal. So far so good, the antibiotics have cleared up the tumours to an extent that we are able to hang in there. They are not worrying Sophie Spaniel and she is still lively, happy and pain free and so I don't have to make this decision quite yet. I also was just blessed with a job that works around children and has made life a little easier regarding options. I still can't afford surgery and doubt that I could put her through it the more that I think about it. Would you be so kind as to foward me this ladies details for the time that this decision weighs heavily on me?? Sending you many blessings! Regards, Tavia
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    Dragonseeker (the listing owner) commented:
    Update... and I'm still torn... her antibiotics finished today and already the stench from the tumours is back, they weep and bleed and look so awful.. let alone the smell from them :( I don't know what to do... doomed if I do, doomed if I don't?
    by Dragonseeker () on Sunday 7th of October  (report this comment)

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    This Offer was accepted! by Dragonseeker on Monday 8th of October.

    U-CAN 2012 () responded on Monday 8th of October:

    Hi to you , your children & your beautiful dog.Like you I had a very sick puppy that needed expensive heart surgery costing up to thousands of dollars.She was a present from my father to his grandchildren .This is what I did.I took a photo of the puppy and made up some appeal posters which I put up in shopping centres ,notice boards where ever I was able to put one.Then I went to see a reporter from Wanganui Midweek which is the free paper that every household in our region has delivered each week.They put out an article and the response from the Wanganui Public was awesome.Further more I took the poster down to Massey Vet Clinic in Palmerston North where the surgery was going to take place.The surgeons donated the surgery time and vet students donated some money as well. Our heart puppy is now 7years old.All thanks to kind & generous people.Have posted a link to my facebook page .Hope it helps you.

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    Liger () responded on Monday 8th of October:

    Hi Dragonseeker. Sounds like you need to get more antibiotics as a first step. And then if you have the tests done to see whether your dog will be ok with surgery, that will help you make your decision about the next step.

    We can fundraise to cover the antibiotics to start with, if you would like to do that.

    Candice, Aucklander and Dreamdancer previously offered to help with raising funds, are they still able to do that? Can anyone else help with fundraising? You mentioned the surgery is $1000, but do you know the cost of the tests?

    Best wishes,

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