Buster was in his brand new home at 10 weeks of age when he started to become lethargic. His parvo test came back negative and he was getting worse so he was admitted to the ER. His new family spent a lot of money trying to determine the cause of his pain, but the cost was becoming more than they could afford. He still needed an MRI to check his spine among other tests. His family applied with LLL and Buster was able to be tested. It turned out that he had a hairline fracture of the sixth and seventh vertebrae. Crate rest will hopefully be all he needs to become a playful puppy again.
Georgia suffered a right coxofemoral luxation when she jumped down from the family truck. Her family was able to afford a closed hip reduction surgery, but it failed when her hip popped out of place. She needed a second surgery, but her family was out of funds. Her prognosis was good to great as long as she could have an open hip reduction surgery. Someone who had worked with LLL in the past recommended that her family apply so they took their advice. Georgia was approved and had her surgery. She has a long recovery but should be able to return to being an active Lab.
Kylis, like so many Labs, tore his CCL and needed TPLO surgery. His mom was struggling though. Her husband died while waiting for a lung transplant, she lost her home and all income. She was living with and caring for her elderly parents in exchange for room and board. She had no money. She rescued Kylis after he had been dumped in a box by the river with rising flood waters at 6 weeks old, and would do anything to help him get the surgery he needed. She applied and was approved by LLL and Kylis was able to have his surgery.
Jake had a large abdominal mass and needed an ultrasound to determine its origin and to see if surgical removal was an option. His dad was unemployed, disabled,and recovering from a bad divorce, so he didn't have enough money to help Jake. He applied and was approved. Unfortunately it was a splenic mass the size of a basketball and had spread to the liver, so surgery wasn't an option.
Marley had a mast cell tumor removed three years ago, so when new masses were discovered it was important to remove them as soon as possible. His mom was working overtime to try to save money for his surgery, but time was of the essence so she applied with LLL. Marley was able to have the masses removed and it's hopeful that he will live a full life.
Harley had been having diarrhea for three weeks. His regular vet determined that he needed an immediate blood transfusion because he was at risk of spontaneous bleeding and lack of oxygen to his tissues, which could be deadly. He was diagnosed with thrombocytopenia, anemia, hookworm, and likely Ehrlichiosis. Harley received his transfusion, but his family didn't have the funds to pay for the emergency, life saving treatment. Their only income was Social Security Disability and they had already declared bankruptcy. The clinic referred them to Labrador Life Line, they applied and were approved for funding. Harley continued to be treated by his regular vet and continued to improve.
Chester's face kept swelling up and antibiotics weren't helping. The vet felt that Chester had an abscess and would require an extraction. He recently had part of the tooth removed due to a slab fracture. His mom didn't have enough money to pay for the whole procedure so she applied with LLL. She works hard but had difficulty making ends meet. Chester was approved and when he went to have his tooth out it turned out that he needed to have eight teeth extracted! Fortunately he had it done before things got much worse thanks to Labrador Life Line.
Dove was vomiting 8 hours after eating, and her family was concerned. The vet said they would need an ultrasound to try to determine what was causing it, but that was more than her family could afford. They lived paycheck to paycheck, so they applied with Labrador Life Line and were approved. Dove had her ultrasound and it was determined she had pyloric stenosis and hopefully a change in diet and smaller, more frequent meals, will help her feel better.