Sawyer seemed to be strong and healthy but he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in one of the bones in his paw. To give him the best chance, amputation of the whole leg followed by chemotherapy was recommended. His family was struggling financially after a job loss, so they turned to LLL for help with the amputation. No one can predict the future, but Sawyer, only 5 years old, now has the best chance possible.
Max was having difficulty breathing so his mom rushed him to the emergency vet. He was diagnosed with pneumothorax, caused by pulmonary bullae, or blister-like structures in his lungs, and he needed an emergency median sternotomy with lung lobectomy. Mom was a vet technician student working part time and didn't have enough money for the very expensive surgery. Max was only three years old, and time was of the essence to save his life. Labrador Life Line approved his case, and he had emergency surgery that night. His prognosis was good, especially if there is no recurrence.
Poor JD had a rough year. First he was diagnosed and treated for immune mediated myopathy. Then, because the steroids compromised his muscles, he tore his ACL. His mom managed to pay for his illness and surgery, but had no more money for the recommended hydrotherapy and Adequan. With this rehab, he was expected to regain 75%-85% use of his leg. Thanks to LLL, JD received his therapy and hopefully next year will be a healthy one for him.
Charlie was diagnosed with blastomycosis, a fungal infection that's fatal without treatment. The healing process was a long one, potentially six to eight months, and required a lot of monitoring (x rays, blood work) as well as multiple medications. This translated into a lot of expenses as well. His family had already paid out a large amount when they came to LLL for help. Charlie's prognosis was good since treatment is usually successful, but it's a long road to recovery.
Miley was a beloved family member, and when she developed a tumor, giving her the best life possible was what they wanted. Her mom was saving money for the surgery, but then she lost her job. She applied with LLL, not knowing where else to turn. Miley had the tumor removed, a biopsy done, and she will hopefully have many more years with her family.
Roxy tore her ACL, a common injury among Labrador Retrievers, and was having difficulty walking. Her family wanted to help her, but being recently divorced meant funds were tight. Roxy's prognosis was good to excellent if she could get the expensive surgery. Labrador Life Line approved her case, and Roxy was able to get that surgery to help her walk well again.
Sometimes things aren't what they seem to be. Juliette was vomiting and because her mom didn't have enough money for diagnostics, she was sent home for the weekend with anti nausea medication. The vet suspected an obstruction. Mom applied with LLL, but to fund any case a current heartworm test is required. When the test was given it was determined that in fact, Juliette had Lyme Disease. So thanks not only to LLL's funds, but our requirements, Juliette got the medication needed to help her recover.
Everyone knows having a dog can be expensive and most plan for routine care. When multiple health issues arise, however, it can become a financial hardship. Abel was diabetic and received help from LLL over a year ago for an ear ablation. Since then he developed a mast cell tumor and it was more than his young mom could afford. There was no apparent spread and the tumor was at the skin level, so prognosis was good. LLL gave Abel a chance.
Little Kobe was just 10 weeks old when he started showing signs of illness. It turned out he had a vascular ring anomaly that required a right lateral thoracotomy and transection of the aberrant vessel. Such big words and procedures for a tiny puppy, but with surgery Kobe is expected to have a full recovery and normal life. His family could come up with some of the funds, but not quite enough to pay for the costly procedure and turned to LLL for help.
One day while running, Symba tore his CCL, a common injury among Labs. It's also an expensive one, and even after finding the least expensive vet, still more than his family could afford. Like many families, they lived paycheck to paycheck and there wasn't any extra for this unexpected expense. LLL helped, and Symba will be able to run again soon.
Hershey was relinquished by his family into a rescue when he tore his ACL, a common injury in Labs. Surgery is expensive, and the rescue had already dealt with a number of Labs with costly treatments this year. Despite having quite a few fundraisers, there still wasn't enough money to cover Hershey's surgery. With LLL's contribution, though, Hershey was able to have his surgery and is expected to be adopted once he recovers.
Lizzie had a soft tissue sarcoma on her leg and had it removed. The bad news was that it grew back, but the good news was it hadn't spread, so amputation was the recommended treatment and with this, her prognosis was good. Despite working full time, her mom didn't have the money for this life-saving surgery. She knew it wasn't Lizzie's time, so she applied with LLL and her approval will give Lizzie a chance for many more happy years with her family.
Since March, Callie had been seeing vets almost weekly to try to determine her illness and that cost her family a huge amount of money. It was finally determined that a lipoma was actually lymphoma, and Callie needed chemotherapy for 16 weeks. Unfortunately, by then, her family was strapped for funds, but with funding from LLL, Callie is expected to have a good prognosis.
Twelve year old Ebony had always been a healthy girl, but she developed bladder stones which required surgical removal. Her family lived paycheck to paycheck so money was tight. Funding from LLL allowed Ebony to return to her usual wild self in just over a week. It's no wonder she was feeling bad, though. The vet removed over 100 stones, the most they had ever seen!!
Daisie and her family had been together since the day she was born. Her young mom worked full time and supported herself going through school. She starting working 12 hour days when Daisie tore her ACL to help pay for her surgery. She had some Care Credit, but it still wasn't enough. Her love for Daisie meant that she would do anything to end her suffering, and with LLL's help, she was able to get Daisie the surgery needed.
Puppies can be unpredictable and that can lead to injury. Midnight was 10 months old when she jumped out of the cab of a moving truck and broke her left rear leg. To fix the transverse fracture she required surgery with an external fixator but her family didn't have any money for the procedure. Thanks to LLL and a generous friend, Midnight had her surgery.
Sometimes life kicks you when you're down, and that's no different for dogs. Tess suffered from allergies and Labrador Life Line approved testing for her. In the interim. however, Tess developed a large mass on her foot and after a round of antibiotics failed to help, she required toe amputation. LLL changed the approval to help Tess's immediate need. Hopefully once recovered from surgery she'll still be able to have her allergy treatments in the future and life will be kind to her.
Levi was lucky to find a new home so he could get his pad corn removed. It had been bothering him for so long that he wouldn't use that leg at all, His new mom made sure that not only did he get the surgery, but that he received laser treatments to help with his recovery. She needed the help of LLL to make it happen, though. Since surgery, he has improved greatly and swims often to help in his recovery and has regained use of his leg.
Mitzi was rescued by a family who decided to make her their own, despite being heartworm positive. At that point she was at stage 1 and the vet recommended the slow kill method. But her health started to decline and her new family didn't anticipate the cost of the injections so they turned to LLL for help. Treatment had to begin urgently as her health took a turn for the worse and hopefully with LLL funding. she will make a full recovery.
The last couple of years have been tough for Tia. In March of 2014 she had a pacemaker placed for a third degree AV block. Since then she has the lead dislodge and replaced, an infection at the site where the lead entered the right external jugular vein, surgery to remove the infected pacemaker and have the lead placed via an abdominal approach, and surgery to replace the lead that dislodged again. Tia had been doing well for about a year when the lead wire fractured again and needed replacing. This was too much for her family to afford, and they turned to LLL for help. Tia does well clinically with the pacemaker and that is expected to continue.
Bailey, like so many one year old Labs, liked to play and rough house, especially with the older Lab in her home, But unfortunately, like many Labs, she tore her CCL in both knees and required bilateral TPLO surgery. Her mom, only 22 years old, lived paycheck to paycheck and after spending a lot of money on her other Lab the previous year, she had no savings for such an expensive surgery. Bailey was in a lot of pain, even laying down to eat, so Mom wanted to find help soon. Labrador Life Line was able to approve Bailey, and with surgery she will hopefully be that playful pup again.
Tundra's family could barely make ends meet, so when Tundra developed a growth on her chest there was no extra money to have it removed and biopsied. With funding from LLL, Tundra will now have a chance, something she deserves since she's only three years old.
Labs love food! That goes without saying. But Labs are also by far the most likely breed to eat items that aren't food. When this happens, oftentimes, the item gets stuck in the dog's intestines and requires immediate, emergency surgery. That's exactly what happened to Simba. He was about out of time and either the money had to be found for surgery, or he would have to be euthanized. Thankfully, his mom wouldn't give up and she found Labrador Life Line. The vet however, wouldn't begin treatment without money in hand, so LLL gave a rare Presidential approval to allow treatment to begin to stabilize Simba to prepare him for surgery and save his life.
Having a second chance is important. Four years ago, at 8 years old Maggie was rescued by her current family giving her a second chance at happiness. Last year she had a cancerous tumor removed on her foot, giving her a second chance at life. But she developed a large tumor on her hip that needed surgical removal and biopsy, so her family came back to LLL for help for a second time. Having Dad being disabled, unemployed, and waiting for benefits, and Mom self employed with a limited income, Maggie needed LLL to give her a second chance at another surgery. LLL did just that and Maggie had the mass removed.
Chakotay was lucky. He was rescued from a "mill" situation into a loving home. His rescuer was disabled and Chakotay helped her with her daily activities. He couldn't be more loved, so when he had a fast growing mass under his arm that was hindering his movement it was a top priority for his mom to have it removed. Unfortunately, being on a limited disability income sometimes meant there wasn't enough money for food, never mind surgery for Chakotay. His mom was referred to LLL by her vet, the stars aligned, and Chakotay was able to get the necessary surgery to remove the mass allowing him to be a happy, active 4 year old Lab!
Fracturing a tooth is painful, but due to a lack of funds, Lacy had to wait to get her tooth removed and it would periodically abscess. Her family wanted to help.but they already owed the vet money and the vet wouldn't do any more procedures until their previous bill was paid in full. Since filing for bankruptcy and having a baby funds were tight, but they finally were able to pay that bill and with help from LLL. get that painful tooth removed for Lacy.
Some times hard work isn't enough. Dad was a mechanic and Mom works in retail but for Lucy, there still wasn't enough money left for her cruciate repair surgery after she tore her CCL. Her family was trying to recover from a bankruptcy, barely living paycheck to paycheck when this happened. They were even approved by LLL prior to this application, but yet another unexpected expense kept the surgery from happening for Lucy. They held out hope and finally were stable enough to make the surgery a reality for Lucy.
Most people will do anything to help their best friend, and that's exactly what Maddie's best friend was doing for her. Maddie had a very painful luxating patella that required surgical correction but coming up with the funds was proving very difficult for her family. Her mom (and best friend) was on disability, was raising her granddaughter, and had difficulty affording an expensive surgery but she wasn't about to give up on Maddie. She saved everything she could, but in a year's time it still wasn't enough to alleviate Maddie's pain. She applied with LLL and Maddie was finally able to get the surgery she needed.
Veterinary expenses can soar quickly out of control when a beloved family member is diagnosed with cancer. This was exactly what happened when Jeter was diagnosed with bilateral apocrine gland anal sac adenocarcinoma. Prior to the application process with LLL,Jeter had many tests to determine the diagnosis, including x rays, ultrasound, blood work and surgery to remove two tumors. His mom worked very hard to secure enough funds to complete treatment but was running out of options for the chemotherapy prescribed to extend his life even longer. Desperate to save her sweet boy, and already working a second job, she turned to LLL to help with the chemotherapy and gave Jeter a fighting chance.
Odie's situation was life threatening and he was immediately hospitalized due to kidney failure and anemia. He spent a week in the hospital receiving supportive care including fluids, anti nausea medications, antibiotics and blood work. The cause of his condition was unknown, but possibilities include leptospirosis NSAID ingestion, grape or raisin ingestion, or hereditary kidney failure. After a week his kidney values started to improve and he was sent home in stable condition. The owner was recovering from her own surgery and associated medical costs and didn't have enough to cover his bill. It's hopeful that he will continue to improve and with LLL's help, paying the bill is one less worry.
Toby had a penile mass that the vet felt might be cancer, but Toby's family couldn't afford the cost of the PARR test, which would determine the diagnosis. His mom was the victim of domestic violence and suffered a traumatic brain injury leaving her disabled and unable to work. With funding from LLL the vet was able to determine that he was suffering from lymphoma and with chemotherapy his prognosis was positive. LLL's funding was enough to also help with the start of his chemo regimen, giving Toby and his family the chance of a longer life together.
When it rains it pours, and this couldn't be more true for Chase's family. Mom had one surgery, dad three, and their child two surgeries. After all of that, they were forced to file bankruptcy. Then Chase tripped in a gopher hole and ruptured his CCL. So, Chase joined the rest of the family and required TPLO surgery. Struggling, but not wanting Chase to suffer, the family turned to LLL for help. Hopefully the rain will go away and be replaced by a rainbow for them all.
Tucker was normally such a happy dog that he did a full body wag, but since he tore his CCL playing at the dog park, he hadn't been himself. Rest didn't help and it became obvious that surgery was the only option. His mom loved him very much, but because of student loans and her own medical issues, she wasn't able to fund the full procedure on her own. Tucker should be able to do that full body wag soon thanks to LLL!
Labs just want to have fun! But when you hurt, that's hard to do. Coco tore her left cruciate ligament and while waiting for treatment for that leg, tore her other one. This is all too common and a very expensive predicament. Coco's family was able to afford one TPLO surgery, but a second put too much of a strain on their finances. Hopefully, with LLL's help, Coco will be pain free and back to having fun!
Sashi loved her family, and jumped the baby gate to be with them. She had been undergoing conservative management for a cruciate injury, and the jump caused the ACL to rupture. Surgery was now warranted and due to maternity and paternity leaves the family budget was tight. Their love for two year old Sashi meant that they would find a way to afford the surgery. Enter LLL, a funding approval and successful surgery. Once recovered Sashi will have many years of activity with the family she loves.
Finally, a new home! Big Bear was adopted from a rescue by a loving family. One week after his arrival Big Bear got out and was hit by a car and suffered a dislocated hip. Heartbroken and unable to afford the surgery, Big Bear's family considered surrendering him to the rescue. He almost ended up losing his new home. Determined to keep their new family member, his owners found a more affordable vet and with the help of LLL's funding, was able to get Big Bear the surgery to repair his hip AND keep him in his new home.
Maggie and her owner only had each other so when Maggie tore her ACL while running in the yard, it was a top priority to get her well again. Being disabled and on a fixed income meant that the TPLO surgery needed was too much for dad to afford, so he came to LLL for assistance. Once recovered, Maggie and dad will be able to enjoy play time together again.
We all know medical bills can quickly add up, but when multiple family members have medical problems, it can create a financial hardship. Rita's family had been experiencing their own medical problem when she developed a growth that required tricky surgical removal due to her diabetes. Rita shares a special bond with the family's toddler, and being a loved family member, her owners looked to Labrador Life Line to help Rita get the surgery she needed.
Poor Brewster. When he tore his CCL and needed expensive TPLO surgery, his world came crashing down. His family couldn't afford the expensive surgery, and surrendered Brewster to a rescue. Sad and suddenly alone, away from the family he loved, he was taken into a foster home. Brewster was lucky.
In the care of a loving rescue, and with the help of funds from LLL, Brewster got the necessary TPLO surgery and once recovered, will have a chance at finding happiness again.