Most people are aware of Chance. He’s the dog who we were asked to help after a hit and run driver thought it was funny to drive over Chance at great speed. The car ripped off two of his toes and caused extensive damage to his leg. A kind rescue in Cyprus took him in and tried to help him but the foot remains extremely painful and there was nothing their vets could do out there to stop his pain.
He was brought over to Mutts in Distress, knowing that our vets are second to none and would help Chance to a pain-free life. He was started on pain killing medication and a plan to see if we could get the leg to heal. Unfortunately, it won’t heal and the decision was made to reluctantly amputate the leg but this is now not an option as his kidneys are not able to function.
(Chance was bitten by a sand fly in Cyprus, resulting in his contracting a (non-catching) disease which effects the kidneys. The disease is known as leishmaniasis and affects dogs’ kidneys. Obviously, Chance was started on treatment for this before he left Cyprus and will be in lifelong treatment. The leishmaniasis and the cocktail of drugs he had to take has caused his kidneys to suffer.) He’s been with our vets for about a week where he’s been cared for and stabilised, but they think he needs to be with a specialist. On that advice, Chance had now been transferred to the RVC where gradually, his kidneys seem to be improving.
But Chance won’t eat. He’s dull and depressed. He’s had a couple of scans so far which show the possibility of a blockage. So, this morning, he’s going for a CT scan which will hopefully show if there’s anything there. Our next worry is that if there is, will he be well enough to take the anaesthetic to remove it?
Terry (my other half) and Jackie from Mutts are with him now. They’ve gone to visit him in the hopes of lifting his spirits by seeing familiar faces. I’ve cooked him some fresh chicken which they’ve taken in the hope of encouraging him to eat. They’ve also taken the food that we fed him here because he liked that. They’ve taken his favourite toys as well. So, his kidneys are in a bad way and are failing. We are looking for a very special home for Chance where he can live out how ever long he has left. All expenses for his needs, will be met by Mutts in Distress. With a rising bill of around £8,000 so far, the vets, the specialists and Mutts in Distress are working our best to save Chance and get him off to the happy new life we brought him here for. I’m in touch with his specialist vet twice a day, every day and I’ll update here as I hear anything.
This situation is so sad for poor Chance who did not deserve any of this pain and suffering. Please pray for Chance. If you can possibly donate any money towards this poor dog’s vet bill, we will be very grateful. Needless to say all the proceeds from Sunday’s fun day will be put towards Chance’s vet bills.
Rest assured, we are doing everything we can to support the wonderful veterinary teams who have been and who continue to look after the lovely, friendly dog.