Hello all, I’m a college student currently staying in my student apartment with my service dog. I have debilitating OCD and anxiety that often renders me frozen and cause frequent extreme panic attacks. My cocker spaniel, has been trained to help me through this and he is truly the only reason I’m able to get through each day and manage to get anything done. (I promise I am taking good care of him, the photo I’ve attached is his sleeping crate where he feels the most comfortable, he doesn’t like sleeping anywhere else and I do not keep him in there all day.) Recently he has developed a skin issue that leads to excessive scratching and chewing on himself. I’ve spent months making all the necessary changes such a with his diet and living spaces, his shampoo, food oils and everything. Last week I had to take him to the vet again as it has gotten very bad. He has chewed off his fur completely in many area and it’s not growing back instead he’s leaving wounds and gashes on himself by all the scratching and chewing and his fur is thinning out. The vet gave him a checkthrough and determined that he’s also unable to stop scratching psychologically, she gave him an injection that he needs another two doses of to limit his need to scratch excessively and so far it seems to be working and he hasn’t opened up any new wounds this week. Unfortunately, this came at a big price. The initial appointment came to a total of $377. Each injection costs $140+ a $45 consultation fee (total of $185) which he has to go for twice more. This brings his vet total to $747 this month.
My student apartment costs me $207 a week which totals to $828. This does not include any basic necessities. I am working as well as studying and don’t have more time to take on another job and also am unable to in regards to my mental health. I’m living paycheck to paycheck and this month I no longer have enough to cover my rent. I work 30 hours a week on minimum wage as well as studying full-time and make $220 a week/$880 a month which is usually just enough to cover my rent. I love my dog more than anything and without him I certainly would not even be here. I desperately want and need him to get better but I don’t have enough money to pay for both the vet treatment and my rent. Right now I’m unsure of what to do. I’ve never asked for money before but I’m truly desperate right now. I’m not asking at all for any more than I need just enough to cover the vet bills and my rent for this month. I hope you could consider donating even a small amount I would be so grateful and it would help out immensely. Thank you so much.