Meet Buddy. Buddy is a small dog with a giant-sized heart. Being the young Jack Russell Terrier that he is, Buddy dreams of burying bones, chasing his tail, running after squirrels, palling around with kids, and jumping on laps. Unfortunately, all of these things are not a reality for him. It seems that Buddy has lived the majority of his life in chronic pain.
Buddy doesn't have a voice to share his story, so we know little of his life before. Buddy was abandoned at the door of North Country Animal League (NCAL) three weeks ago, in so much pain he could barely walk. One of our staff members found him alone, curled up in the corner confused, scared, and in intense pain - so much that it made his body tremble and muscles seize. We knew that we needed to do everything we could to help him.
Buddy, we learned, suffers from Intervertebral Disc Disease, the degeneration of one or more spinal disks causing pain and neurological problems. If left untreated, this disease, in severe cases such as Buddy's, can lead to permanent paralysis.
Buddy has received three weeks of drug therapy, which has had little-to-no effect due to the severity of his injury.
The only solution for Buddy at this point is an immediate high-cost surgery that will decompress the spinal cord at the site of his injury and herniation of his disk material.
With this surgery, Buddy would be expected to make a full recovery within 3 to 6 weeks, allowing him to realize the pain-free life that he so deserves. He will go on to set an example and teach others about bravery and perseverance against the odds.