About the Campaign
Please see update below
A Terrible Tumor!
A little bump grew into golfball sized bump in a day, and then the next day, it was too big to even put your hand around it! Her owner John took her to the vet who said Coco needed to see an oncologist. But the soonest appointment available was in three weeks. In the waiting time, the tumor ruptured and began leaking blood heavily!
John’s family rushed Coco to the emergency vet where she was bandaged up and sent up. In ended up an ordeal over many days, and bandages having to be changed every few hours. The doctors also gave Coco a very long list of medications, nearly 10 different ones. But she would not eat and even stopped drinking normally, despite the family’s best efforts.
They had to take Coco back to the emergency vet to be rehydrated. The vet did a biopsy of the tumor and it came back as benign. By now the family had spend over $3600.00, maxing out their credit card. They could not afford the additional $5000-7000 the vet wanted to remove the tumor.
Fortunately they found our organization
We feel this price is too high, and have arranged for Coco to see a vet we trust, Westside Pet Clinic, in Santa Monica, California. The surgery will still not be cheap. This tumor has to be treated as cancerous, so the removal will be involved, and at the same time delicate. We are estimating about $3000-4000 including medications and another biopsy. Plus possible follow up care.
The family got Coco to Dr. Gary Adams at Westside Pet Clinic in Santa Monica. Coco had an exam for around $400.00 with a surgery estimate of $1000-1700 depending on the results of the exam (how much surgery is needed) and if a further test will be done (which is recommended). MUCH cheaper than the previous estimate, and a direct solution! Dog has a tumor? REMOVE THE TUMOR!
Photos of Coco at Westside Pet Clinic, and of her tumor currently:
Coco’s vet bill for the exam and her new estimate:
Coco was adopted as a puppy
Ten years ago the local animal shelter brought a group of adoptable puppies to the live theater where John works as a technician. His family adopted one, Coco. Coco has been a great family dog since, very sweet and gentle as you can see in the video above of her taking food! She goes on camping trips, loves the outdoors, and loves her family.
John’s work completely disappeared with COVID. In California all live theater was shut down, and continues to be shut down to this day. The family has spent so much money on Coco already, and just cannot afford this final step of removing the tumor. In the meantime, it is starting to grow back! An initial consultation in late March, has now been moved up to probable surgery March 23rd. Can you help Coco get the procedure she needs to continue a long and happy life, free of pain? All donations are only for Coco and only paid to the veterinarian when the surgery is performed! Thank you, and big WOOOOF!
Vet bills already paid by Coco’s family (click to enlarge):
Original vet estimate, now expected to be much lower (click to enlarge):