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New York pug, Tito, needs your help to survive a urinary obstruction. His symptoms showed with the dog not eating and having difficulty walking. His mom is heartbroken because she recently lost her job and doesn’t have money to help him.

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Active Date
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Status
Urgent Case
Cat or Dog
Dog

Story

New York pug, Tito, needs your help to survive a urinary obstruction. His symptoms showed up with the dog, who is 6 years old, not eating and having difficulty walking. His mom is heartbroken because she recently lost her job and doesn’t have the money to get him help. She scraped together enough to get him to the emergency vet, where she discovered the obstruction and told he would need surgery. Now we need you to please help Tito by funding his surgery to have the stones removed.  

Tito is the love of his mom’s life and she will do whatever she can to get him help, even if it means asking for help. Tito lives in a single-dog household where he brings joy and comfort and is generally well taken care of. It’s just terrible timing for this illness. Please donate today to help cover the cost of emergency surgery.

tito's test results
October 24, 2019 12:00 AM

Tito's preliminary test results came back with a few red flags, but the vet wants to rule out a few things before more invasive testing. Tito's mom will limit his liquid intake for 24 hours and take back a new urine sample to be tested. We aren't jumping to any scary conclusions right now and are ruling out a stubborn UTI before moving forward.

We do ask for prayers for Tito's mom. She recently suffered a family emergency on top of all this and can use all the love she can get.

Tito's bad veterinary experience
October 22, 2019 12:00 AM

Yesterday's vet appointment did not go well. After we discussed it, Tito's mom decided to switch veterinarians. Her existing veterinarian does a good job, but his office availability is very limited. So, she researched a new office that she thought might be more convenient and less expensive. Based on online reviews, she also believed they were just as talented. They even had a discounted rate for first-time patients--what could go wrong?  

A lot can go wrong, apparently.

We don't want to name this vet practice or doctor, because we know everyone has bad days. We also only have one side of the story. But the story we got makes us not want to work with them in the future.

The first thing out of the vet's mouth to Tito's owner was, "You should have gotten a cat." I don't even know how to respond to such a callous snap-judgment. He was generally very rude to the owner and dismissive of her questions. She explained to the vet that she was working with a nonprofit to take care of the vet bills because she is out of work, and he seemed disgusted. Even though his receptionist gladly took down our payment information earlier in the day. When he suggested Tito needed a lot of expensive tests, the owner panicked. She felt so uncomfortable and thought that he was trying to take advantage of her. Honestly, most of the tests probably were needed, but when she tried to discuss the pros and cons of doing the testing with the doctor, he said, "I'm not going to repeat myself." So, she left. She had to get out of there.

They charged us for the discounted first visit at $40. But we received no new answers.

Today Tito went to his regular veterinarian who spent time to discuss possible problems with Tito's owner. He ordered four tests and said depending on results, Tito may need an endoscopy. While Tito's mom continues to be stressed about Tito's condition, she feels more confident in the track she is taking with this veterinarian. We paid the invoice for $500 in testing and exam fees, and look forward to receiving the results later this week.

We'll let you know when we have a diagnosis. Thanks for keeping Tito in your prayers.

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