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I am writing bearing bad news and requesting prayers. This afternoon, I heard a big bang in the kitchen. I ran there to find that my grandmother was holding Nibbler and she fell with him in her arms. Nibbler could not walk with one leg and my grandma was complaining of pains. So off my sister went to the hospital and off I went to the emergency vet. My grandmother is ok.

Nibbler has a broken front leg but there are additional complications. He also has a heart murmur (grade 3) and the vet is extremely concerned and is not sure if he should operate. The emergency vet is also concerned about Nibbler's liver because of his circular walking habits and small size. Full blood works are being run along with a 4 way x-ray. Nibbler also has luxating patellas which does not help with this. The fall may have enhanced his luxating patella on one of his back legs. So overall, he is very hesitant to do anything due to the heart murmur and potential liver problems.

The vet is waiting for the results before he can determine what should be done. He fears that Nibbler may die if he goes under so I may have to take him to a specialist. I could not get pet insurance for Nibbler so my pet fund will be empty after this. So far, the tests are $800 and I expect it to go up to couple thousands once we finish off with surgery, cast or anything else he needs. I guess the prices are higher because I am at an emergency vet.

It is so lucky I have my pet fund but it will be empty again and I need to start saving. I hope Nibbler pulls through
.. the poor little guy.
 

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Poor guy! I hope after all of his testing the leg can be fixed. It is very tough when a "routine" emergency happens on a dog with multiple problems...nothing is simple. Sending good thoughts his way and for you, Charmaine.
 

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oh no not nibbler!!
i'm praying hard for him. i'm so sorry,

at least your grandmother is ok

keep us updated. little nibbler has to be ok
 

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aww poor guy! i hope it all works out. I too had an animal emergency this weekend. my cat woke us up satuday screaming in pain trying to pee. brought him to the vet school and they couldnt get a urinary catheter in. he had to have emergency surgery and is now peeing through a tube coming out of his belly. he will be in ICU for a few days. i will be thinking of ur nibbler when i visit my kitty. hope all works out for him.
 

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Originally posted by LadyMontava@May 8 2005, 08:03 PM
aww poor guy!  i hope it all works out.  I too had an animal emergency this weekend.  my cat woke us up satuday screaming in pain trying to pee.  brought him to the vet school and they couldnt get a urinary catheter in.  he had to have emergency surgery and is now peeing through a tube coming out of his belly.  he will be in ICU for a few days.  i will be thinking of ur nibbler when i visit my kitty.  hope all works out for him.
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Aww, prayers for a speedy recovery for ur little guy too!
 

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Charmaine,

I am very sorry to hear about Nibbler. I hope he will fully recover. Did the problems with liver and heart just recently come up?

I don't know if you read my other threads but very recently our little guy had 2 luxating patellas fixed (for $2400 total). Since the surgery he has been not peering/then drinking and peeing huge amounts (and now has crystals in urine) and our vet thinks he may have a liver shunt. We need to do more tests of course but we are pretty much out of funds and my loans won't kick in until July. We also need to move and live in separate apartments (because I need to go back to school) and so we have additional expenses. I only say all this to tell you that we fully understand the financial aspect of all this.

I am glad your grandmother is okay.

Olga
 

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Originally posted by LadyMontava@May 8 2005, 06:03 PM
aww poor guy!  i hope it all works out.  I too had an animal emergency this weekend.  my cat woke us up satuday screaming in pain trying to pee.  brought him to the vet school and they couldnt get a urinary catheter in.  he had to have emergency surgery and is now peeing through a tube coming out of his belly.  he will be in ICU for a few days.  i will be thinking of ur nibbler when i visit my kitty.  hope all works out for him.
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LadyMontava,

I hope your kitty will be okay!
 

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Charmypoo--Oh dear! I feel so bad for Lil Nibbler. I never knew he had so many problems. I hope everything will be ok for him. Take care and Kisses to Nibbler.
I'm glad to hear your grandmother is ok!
 

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I am so sorry about your grandmother and glad to see she will be all right.. and of course saddened to read little nibbler has the multiple problems.
I will be praying things go will and the next few days will bring a brighter outlook on things.
Lady M.. sorry about your sad news too! prayers will be going out for your kitty too.
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Give Nibbler a kiss on that sweet little nose of his...
sending lots of love and prayers his way....try to think positive thoughts...
Big hugs to you!!!

LadyM: Good luck with your kitty!!!
Lots of love and prayers coming his way too...


I know it must be scary for both of you! Good luck!


PS: Hugs to your G-mother too Charmypoo...glad things were not worse with her...
 

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Originally posted by CharmyPoo@May 8 2005, 07:54 PM
I  am writing bearing bad news and requesting prayers.  This afternoon, I heard a big bang in the kitchen.  I ran there to find that my grandmother was holding Nibbler and she fell with him in her arms.  Nibbler could not walk with one leg and my grandma was complaining of pains.  So off my sister went to the hospital and off I went to the emergency vet.  My grandmother is ok.

Nibbler has a broken front leg but there are additional complications.  He also has a heart murmur (grade 3) and the vet is extremely concerned and is not sure if he should operate.  The emergency vet is also concerned about Nibbler's liver because of his circular walking habits and small size.  Full blood works are being run along with a 4 way x-ray.  Nibbler also has luxating patellas which does not help with this.  The fall may have enhanced his luxating patella on one of his back legs.  So overall, he is very hesitant to do anything due to the heart murmur and potential liver problems.

The vet is waiting for the results before he can determine what should be done.  He fears that Nibbler may die if he goes under so I may have to take him to a specialist.  I could not get pet insurance for Nibbler so my pet fund will be empty after this.  So far, the tests are $800 and I expect it to go up to couple thousands once we finish off with surgery, cast or anything else he needs.  I guess the prices are higher because I am at an emergency vet.

It is so lucky I have my pet fund but it will be empty again and I need to start saving.  I hope Nibbler pulls through
.. the poor little guy.
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I'm so sorry to hear of all your problems with Nibbler. One positive thing is that he came from a reputable breeder. Have you notified Tonia to let her know of his problems? I sure hope the vet can do surgery, and he will have a speedy recovery.
I'm also glad your grandmother is OK. I know she must be upset about falling with Nibbler.
 

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Charmypoo, how awful about your gram and Nibbler. Glad your grandma is ok, but so sorry about Nibbler's problems! I will keep him and you in my thoughts, and hope that things shake out ok.
Poor little guy!

Lady M - hope your kitty recovers quickly! Will keep you both in my thoughts as well.

 

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oh no! charmypoo, i love nibbler, he's my favorite. i really hope he gets better soon, i know what it feels like to worry about a pup not making it. i really wish him to best.

lady m: hope your kitty get better too!!!

 

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Thank you everyone for your warm wishes. Nibs is going to be ok and they will be operating on him tomorrow.

I just got back from the emergency vet. The bill will be around $3000 if nothing goes wrong tomorrow. It was really expensive because they were worried about the heart murmur and operating on it. I was debating whether or not to do the ultrasound which would determine his risk of heart failure. The ultrasound is around another $500. I decided to go ahead because I would rather be safe than sorry.

The ultrasound came out ok showing that he wasn't at high risk for heart failure. They will be operating on his leg tomorrow. The x-rays showed a complete break so they have to put a plate in. I am just traumatized but Nibs is so brave and he is doing really well. I got to see him and kiss him goodbye.

I am just shocked that none of the vets told me about the heart murmur. He has been seen by 3-4 vets over his life time. I just don't know how it could have been MISSED!!!! He has not seen Sparkle's vet which I have a lot of faith in and will be sticking with. I was really worried about this emergency vet because I have never been to them before. I was debating whether or not to take him to my normal vet for the operation but I didn't want to cause him more trama by transporting him.

I spent the entire day at the vet (8 hours) and it was an eye opening experience. I saw so many people cry. I saw a cat that passed away, a dog coming in for c-section, a couple who could not afford the bills and had to put their dog down. It was so sad but I feel a little motivated to study vet medicine and become a vet.

This is truly a very sad experience for me. I am so angry at my grandma but I know she didn't mean harm. I feel so bad for Nibs. Money is just money and I am glad I don't have a family depending on me. I just think about how hard it must have been for that couple to put down their dog. They were in tears. HOW COULD THE VET not just help them and let the dog die!

For anyone who thinks that the cost of a dog is all there is .. let this be a lesson. Even from the best breeding, unexpected things can happen. There are just no guarantees in life. We just need to know how to deal with emergencies when they come up.

Your continued prayers for the operation tomorrow are appreciated.
 

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Good luck, Nibs! You're in our prayers! We'll be sending you and your family all the light and love you can handle!
 

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Aww, Charmypoo, so sorry to hear about your Gram and Nibbler. We'll be rooting for Nibbler and sending good thoughts his way.
 
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