About the Campaign
Adopted out of a high kill shelter!
Now she needs help, painful jaw
Belle is about a year and a half old, and a very cute and sweet girl! Her owner Krista adopted her from the San Bernardino animal shelter in California a year ago, and this is a high kill shelter that is always over-full, so any adoption from there is a big help.
Belle’s listing at the shelter (click to enlarge)
Two months ago Krista noticed that Belle didn’t seem to be eating normally. She was acting timid with her food, and chewing in a strange way. They went to the vet, and started her off with an appetite stimulant, but that didn’t change anything. Later they went back and did some x-rays, and the doctor now thinks Belle has “TMJ”.
TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, is a condition where inflammation in the jaw bone makes it painful, and eventually impossible, to open and close the mouth. You can read more about TMJ here.
It is correctable, and Belle is already on some medication that is helping, but she needs and important test. There are a number of causes of TMJ and it could be an auto-immune disorder. Her full treatment and medication will depend on the results of a test for this. The problem is that the test is over $400 and she has to be sedated and other things, bringing it up to about $700.
Krista has already spent over $1000 getting this far with Belle, and maxed out her Care-Credit. So to get Belle this test, Belle needs donations! All donations are specifically for Belle and paid only to the vet for her testing, directly to the vet, never the owner! So please help support this rescue from the shelter with a donation today 🙂
Estimate for auto-immune test (click to enlarge):