Then he was hit over the head with a metal bar with a spike in it: it missed his skull saving his life, but made a large hole in his nose. A tissue-eating bacteria got in through the hole which destroyed the inside of his nose and is now in the bones of his skull.
He needs specialist veterinary skills to save his life which his Insurance will not cover. I am appealing for funds to cover his treatment.
Our local vets say they cannot treat him so we were referred to the oncology department of the Practice set up by a famous TV vet in the UK, who says Eddie can be treated. But our Insurance company will not cover pre-existing conditions. We have already spend £2,000 on his diagnoses, CT scan, anaesthesia, tissue cultures, laboratory tests and IV drips.
Everyone at this Veterinary practice fell in love with him and says he is such a deserving case. They all immediately suggested crowd-funding - which is why I am coming to you lovely people
The vet has two plans, plan A and plan B. Plan A is the simplest and cheapest and will cause Eddie the least suffering and it is funding for this for which I am appealing. The tissue cultures suggest that this bacteria is vulnerable to specific antiobiotics which is good news. The major problem is that it can be hard to get at once it is in the bone, however, this is the plan which the vet favours.
Plan A is to give Eddie 8 weeks of very specific and targeted antibiotics in the hope that they will eradicate the infection: then the vet will carry out plastic surgery to close up his nose.
We need £6,000 to cover this.
Plan B will necessitate surgery to open up his nose further, pack it with gauze, drip antibiotic into the gauze twice a day as well as giving it orally, and then a later, more complicated reconstruction of his face. We are hoping to avoid that if possible, and I have no idea how much that would cost.
Eddie has survived seven years of hell: he has travelled across five countries to get to us and we are now his forever home. We will do whatever we possibly can to help him have a happy, safe and healthy second half to his life. But at the moment this looks as if it may not happen unless we can get on top of this bacteria which is eating away at his face and head. Despite his past Eddie is a loving, sweet, little dog who still trusts humans and wins the hearts of all who meet him. He follows me round the house and ask for nothing more than to be safe, sitting by the feet of someone he loves.
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