Ariel is a 10 month old cockapoo puppy, unfortunately she needs surgery on her back legs to enable her to walk and to save her life.
A couple of month ago Ariel started to limp, I called the vet who said due to COVID they are only seeing emergency’s and said it’s likely a sprain, if she carries on limping in a few weeks to call back. After a few weeks Ariel was still limping and it seemed to be getting worse, we went to the vet who said Ariel has grade 4 luxating patella in both back legs (grade 4 being the worst) the knee is permanently out of place and only surgery can fix it, if she doesn’t get surgery she will need putting to sleep.
The vets Ariel is with doesn’t do this type of surgery so we went to another vet a few weeks later (next available appointment) who said he’s able to do this type of surgery. Ariel really struggled with walking at this point, both legs are extremely bowed and there was a clear deformity. So we went for a consultation, I couldn’t go in due to COVID. The vet came over to my car and said Ariels luxating patella is grade 5 (basically off the scale) and it has now gone on to cause contracture of the quadriceps femoris and gastrocnemius system, which has caused the hips knees and hacks to be permanently flexed and distorted.
He said he’s unable to do this surgery and the only way is to see a specialist orthopaedic and she will need multiple operations over the course of a year which will likely cost around 20 thousand pounds in total - money I simply do not have. The other option is to put her to sleep due to the pain it will cause her he said. I cried and begged but he was unable to help.
I drove home in tears not knowing how on earth I will ever get 20k and the thought of loosing Ariel kills me, my sister set up this page for us in hope with peoples generosity we can get Ariel the surgery she needs.
An appointment with an orthopaedic has been made for 28th April and then we will hopefully no more and pray something can be done to let her live a long healthy life.
Ariel is still very happy and full of life but her ability to walk is getting worse as the days go on, her back legs basically collapse with every step she takes so she’s unable to go out for a walk and run around like a normal dog would.
She is the most loving and sweet little girl and doesn’t deserve this, we are completely devastated and hate to ask but we cannot let her die so young. Please if anyone can spare anything at all to help her we will all be extremely grateful.
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