Diagnosed with Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD). Surgery is needed in order for him to walk again!! The surgery has an 88% recovery rate.
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About the Campaign

Lorena’s Vet Office Had a Puppy for Adoption

Someone had come into Lorena’s vet office to have their dog euthanized. This dog was a mother and needed a c-sect to have her babies and the dog parents couldn’t afford it. The vet asked the owner to surrender the dog to the vet. The owners did and the vet office performed the surgery and out came Otis. Lorena contacted the vet to adopt him and that is how their story began.

Otis becomes lethargic

Just before Halloween, Otis started to become mopey and depressed. Lorena, Otis’ mom, thought it was because Otis recently lost his Pug sister. Lorena thought it was nothing too serious and would keep an eye out for him. Then after an afternoon nap Otis woke up and he was paralyzed. Immediately, Lorena rushed him to the vet where they took his blood and x-rays. They found something on his spine via x-ray that looked interesting and an infection in his bloodwork. The vet said Otis needs to see a specialist and they are unable to help anymore. Lorena took Otis home with antibiotics and pain medicine.


The next day Lorena took Otis is a specialist that deals with paralysis. This vet took in Otis to try and see if he could figure out what was going on. This is where Otis received intensive steroid treatment and he was kept over night to help asses the issue. Otis was doing better in the hospital but once he was out he seemed to have some setbacks. This vet said you need to go to a neurologist to get a better idea of what is going on but we think he has Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD). The symptoms Otis was showing was textbook IVDD to this vet Lorena took Otis home with antibiotics and pain medicine.

Vet Visit #3

The next day Lorena called to get Otis into a neurologist appointment. The neurologist did a comprehensive physical exam and had an MRI done.

After seeing the neurologist the doctor had good news!!! Otis has reflexes in his hind legs, his MRI looked good and bloodwork and age also make him a great candidate for the surgery. It was now time to schedule Otis’ surgery. Lorena has put about $5,000 into diagnosing Otis. She is out of funds but now has a solution, a very expensive solution.

Lorena has done volunteer animal search and rescue. She has a Facebook group named “all animal search and rescue“. She tries to go locate animals and reunite them with their owners. She never thought the day would come where she would need help!

Currently, Otis is on crate rest and 6 different medicines. He has a UTI that is being controlled with antibiotics. Otis is still able to use the restroom on his own and the vet says he has an 88% chance of walking again.

View Otis’ Vet Estimate:



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  • Donna Strandt

    Thank you for all you do Lorena….my prayers are with you and Otis

    November 5, 2019 at 12:44 pm Reply

    • Lorena and Mike

      Thank you so much to all for donating.

      November 6, 2019 at 4:51 am Reply

  • Sheila Nelson

    I wish I could donate more 🙁 Praying for your fur baby Otis…

    November 5, 2019 at 2:52 pm Reply

  • Danielle Patellis

    I hope this helps get Otis back to normal

    November 5, 2019 at 3:43 pm Reply

  • Shellie Anderson

    Praying for Otis

    November 5, 2019 at 6:58 pm Reply

  • Mo Jones

    I hope everyone that Lorena has helped finding their lost animals will donate! I hope Otis has a speedy recovery!

    November 5, 2019 at 7:12 pm Reply

  • Laura Rice

    Feel better soon, Otis! <3

    November 5, 2019 at 7:29 pm Reply

  • Donna Walsh

    Because my lil Frankie also is affected. Never give up! Frenchie love strong!

    November 5, 2019 at 8:40 pm Reply

  • Stephanie levinson

    Lorena is amazing for all she does. Wish I could do more.

    November 5, 2019 at 8:46 pm Reply

  • Jayne Campbell

    Wishing all the best for Otis

    November 5, 2019 at 8:58 pm Reply

  • Diane Pfeifer

    Praying for your baby, you and your hubby! Hugs!

    November 6, 2019 at 3:42 am Reply

  • Stacy Andrews

    Because I care about Otis

    November 6, 2019 at 9:32 am Reply



    November 6, 2019 at 10:46 am Reply

  • Ramona Soberanis

    Get well soon Otis!!!

    November 7, 2019 at 1:13 am Reply

  • Debbie Thompson-Fontaine

    Love and prayers. Get well soon Otis.

    November 8, 2019 at 1:00 am Reply

  • Anonymous

    Praying everything works out for your baby ❤

    November 8, 2019 at 7:05 am Reply

  • Anonymous

    Praying everything goes well for your baby ❤

    November 8, 2019 at 7:07 am Reply

  • Jennifer White

    You saved my parent’s dog, I know it’s not much but I hope it helps save your dog!

    November 8, 2019 at 8:52 pm Reply

  • Charlene Mason Gallego

    I hope you reach your goal, Lorena and a speedy recovery to Otis💚

    November 9, 2019 at 3:18 am Reply

  • Donna Fantasia

    In honor of Denise D’Amico Hill

    November 9, 2019 at 12:44 pm Reply

  • Elizabeth Sanders

    I will like to help Otis to walk again ❤

    November 9, 2019 at 1:22 pm Reply

  • Teresa Kerr

    You do so much for everyone, now it’s our turn to help you and your little one, Otis.

    November 9, 2019 at 8:06 pm Reply

  • Terence Corso

    Fingers crossed for Otis to get back on his paws.

    November 12, 2019 at 6:45 am Reply