Cinnamon is a beautiful 4 year old miniature dachshund girl. She was born to my mini dachshund girl Coco in August 2014. Cinnamon was out of a litter of 3 puppies and was the only one to survive as we lost the other 2 at birth. We decided not to sell cinnamon and my parents who helped bring her into the world, fell in love and adopted her when she was 8 weeks old.
Cinnamon is not just my parents pet. She is my dads companion, my mums antidepressant and best friend. After raising 9 children and all flown the nest now, Cinnamon is like their 10th child. She loves walks, cuddles and most of all food.
Yesterday, Thursday 14th March, cinnamon woke and was finding it hard to walk and could not bare any weight on her back legs. My mum managed to get an emergency appointment at the vets. The vet told mum cinnamon had slipped a disc in her back, something which was common in dachshunds and the cause could be as simple as coming down the stairs or scratching herself. He went on to say a slipped disk usually fixes itself in a couple of weeks but it would take some medication and bed/cage rest.
My mum left the vets with pain killers, anti inflammatory medicine and most importantly her beloved cinnamon.
Today, Friday, only 24 hours later cinnamon has deteriorated and has totally lost the use of both her back legs and is unable to go to the loo herself. Back to the vets she went.
The vet has informed us that in some rare cases the disc move into an awkward position where it presses up against certain nerves, which is what’s happened in cinnamons case. Thus paralysing her back legs and cutting off the feeling to her bowls, making her unable to walk or go to the toilet on her own.
The vet said the dreaded words, if she continues to deteriorate at the pace she has done over the last 24 hours he doubts cinnamon will survive until Monday. 50/50 chance he said.
The vet informed us an operation to reposition the slipped disc and save cinnamons life would cost £4,000 (1,000 of that is just for an mri so they know exactly where to operate)!
I know it’s a lot to ask but if you could spare the smallest amount. I hate asking for money but I know my mum would sell her kidney to help save her precious cinnamon.