Skippy has a VERY LARGE hemangioma (approximately 4 cm in size or about 1.5 inches) AND REQUIRES surgical removal. In February, I received from the veterinary clinic an estimated cost ranging between $760 up to $880.
Because Skippy’s hemangioma is so large it often starts to leak and drip blood from a simple bath or from him cleaning himself to the point of it being a regular occurrence and I keep praying he doesn’t bust it wide open by brushing against bushes or something. So I really am in need to have this surgery preferably very soon hopefully within a few weeks before it bursts and hemorrhages. Skippy has had small ones that in the last 3 years that were treated with a natural Chinese herbal supplement which reduced the size of some and eliminated others.
Between 6-7 years ago, Skippy had 3 hemangiomas removed and all were benign. Then a little over 3 years ago he had 3 more hemangiomas removed and they were also benign.
Some hemangiomas can become malignant (which would then be called: hemangioma sarcoma) if left to grow unchecked. However, I have requested that a histiopath not be done this time to determine if it is malignant because I would not put him through chemotherapy or other cancer treatments. I’ve also requested that he not be boarded overnight to reduce some of the cost. The cost does include lab work to make sure he is healthy to undergo anesthesia and it also includes antibiotics and pain medications for his post-op recovery.
Other than this hemangioma, Skippy appears to be healthy, is still very active and is more confident as each year passes. In fact, this past fall, I was so proud of him earning 3 new AKC Titles: his AKC Novice Trick Dog Title, his AKC Intermediate Trick Dog Title and his AKC Canine Good Citizen Urban Title. Skip continues to help me as a demonstration dog in classes and pr. He is now my only dog. We had plans to compete in Rally Obedience at the recent Shasta Kennel Club’s Dog Show that was recently held in our area, however, because of his hemangioma, I have put it off for now.
Although I teach dog classes, because I am on social security disability, I am allowed to only work so many hours/days a month & have limitations on how much income I can earn. I have just enough income to get by. In the past, the veterinary clinic allowed me to make payments on services that exceeded my ability to pay. This is no longer an available option due to changes in company policies. This is why I don’t have the finances available for Skippy’s surgery.
Any help will be so greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your generosity for considering to help Skippy receive this much needed surgery.