Marley, my baby boy of 10 years, has hurt his back and ended up with a slipped disk. He is a joyful playful boy even at his age. He suddenly stopped being himself last week. After a few days, he wouldn't move much and was in a lot of pain. So I took him to the Greenside Animal Hospital right away.
Upon examination, the vet said she thinks he definitely has a slipped disc. We haven't done any x-rays yet as I cannot even afford to do that at the moment. So the vet prescribed some pain medication and an anti-inflammatory for a week. He seemed to be doing fine on it but as soon as the course of meds ended, he started to feel the pain again and couldn't even move or walk much. I've been having to lift him to take him out to pee and poo.
The vet says surgery is definitely the way forward and says the chances of recovery and getting back to normal is extremely good. Unfortunately it is a very expensive procedure, one I simply cannot afford at the moment.
Marley is still the same spunky dachshund that I both know and love with all my heart. His vitals are good and he is otherwise still healthy. He is not dying of any illness, he just has serious injury in his back that requires surgery to save his life.
The surgery costs at least 25,000 South African Rands plus other expenses for x-rays, blood work, post-op meds, etc.
I know my baby is simply not ready to go yet. I would not be posting this unless it was a dire emergency and I have nowhere else to go for help. Marley is a major part of my life and he has way too much life left in him for me to even think of putting him to sleep.
I kindly ask that you open you hearts and help my save my baby's life. Any amount, big or small, will go a long way in saving my precious boy.