About the Campaign
Simba can walk again!
But he cannot walk well and needs therapy.
This guy is just one year-old, and he went completely paralyzed late last year after being neutered.
The doctor’s wanted to do a CT-scan, checking for spinal damage, but his owner Carol could not afford the cost. However, one doctor said it seemed unlikely and suspected meningitis (an infection in the spine, which he may have contracted during his surgery), and began treating Simba with medications including a strong round of antibiotics.
The good news is that Simba did improve! But the treatment took time, and he probably has some permanent damage. His treatment for meningitis and immediate follow up care was paid for by the non-profit Bandit’s K9 Care, and cost a few thousand dollars all told.
What Simba needs now is a few months of intensive physical therapy, and it will make a huge difference! He has to restore his spine, nerves and muscle. Right now he takes a strong does of steroids everyday to help with pain and reduce swelling, but long term these are dangerous and will cause kidney and other damage. He needs to get off them, and the way to do that is to help him heal his body.
The doctor has prescribed a comprehensive plan of acupuncture which helps with the pain and gets him moving. The moving helps build muscle, build circulation and reduce internal swelling. Additionally he needs hydrotherapy, basically helping him walk in a tub of water, so that it is less painful and stressful, but gets the muscles moving.
Simba is a very young dog, really still a puppy, and can have a normal happy life! All donations are paid only to the vet and therapist for his treatment, and paid directly. Simba’s doctor and therapist are very positive on him and he has an excellent prognosis with therapy.
Estimate (click to enlarge):