Help my doggy get her tumor removed!
Pichi is an adorable chihuahua mix that we adopted several years ago. Even as she grows older, she is still quite lively and energetic - she’ll twirl around for treats and chase after her ball in the yard. But let’s get to the point of this post -
Pichi has been living with a benign tumor for almost two years now. Even though it is not cancerous, it has grown significantly over time and is taking a toll on her health. It is very large, especially relative to her size, and only grows bigger and heavier as time goes on. Although it is uncomfortable, she has been able to live with it for some time. However, its size is making her life less comfortable and could make it a lot trickier if it were to worsen any further. The tumor’s weight impacts her balance and it’s location (near her vulva) has the potential to interfere with her ability to urinate if it is not taken care of.
Unfortunately, my family does not have the funds to help her. Recently we received a call from Phinney’s Friends, an organization which has agreed to pay for Pichi’s surgery! We were all excited and relieved at the news. However, since she’s not a puppy anymore, the surgeon would like to perform an ecocardiogram to ensure that her heart is strong enough for her to undergo anesthesia.
Because the surgery is so expensive, Phinney’s Friends is unable to fund this heart test in addition. The ecocardiogram is about $350.
Although we are unbelievably grateful for their help, this came through at a bad time for us. We are normally living paycheck to paycheck, and my mom was recently wrongly fired. She was able to collect unemployment while actively searching for a new job, but this is only a fraction of her usual income. By the time our funds recoup or tax refund time rolls around, it may be too late. In the meantime, we are applying to similar organizations for assistance, but none is guaranteed.
As I was preparing this post, Pichi began licking her tumor again - something she has not done since it first developed - and I’m worried that it’s beginning to bother her even more.
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