Who is Jessie…
Jessie is a 9-year-old Jack Russell Part Boarder-collie, clever as the collie and cheeky as the Jack.
The day I brought her home was the beginning of something really special that is hard to put into words, but I will try.
She is an incredibly intelligent, loyal, beautiful, and the most loving little creature you’ll ever meet. To say that she is important to me and others is an understatement. She has brought me and many other 9+ years of so much love and enjoyment, she is really something special and is the most important being in my life.
Where it started to go wrong…
Jessie has always had a slight umbilical hernia since she was a puppy, a tiny little soft bubble on her stomach that never gave her any grief, although I didn’t know this was a hernia until she became ill.
It started with a day in April 2020 were 1 of 2 or a combination of the two ‘maybe’ caused this issue. But this is definitely the day it started.
1. I changed her food from one flavor two another to quickly. and 2. I came upstairs to find her on my bed eating the last of an old hard Dentastick she must have found under the bed.
Shortly after I noticed she became incredibly uncomfortable and her belly was firm and she didn’t want to lay down properly or be touched. Within a day her Hernia became large and rock hard (very concerning) after a week it went down again but she wasn’t the same. I had arranged for a vet to do a hernia repair and the week before Jessie was having good and bad days on and off, wouldn’t eat some days, and started being sick every other day on and off. Vets said they would investigate but believed this was due to her hernia. They repaired the hernia without any real investigation on anything else that could have been causing her issues.
After this, they couldn’t have booted her out the door sooner. Believed her issues were gastro or food intolerance related (no evidence to support this yet from various tests and became a real issue immediately after surgery)…. she has been going downhill since unable to keep food down without medication to stop her vomiting. I took her two a vet for a second option who immediately took her off medication they believe she was over-prescribed and was potentially causing her sickness. After she fully healed from the surgery her sickness and nausea have never stopped. She is now on hypoallergenic food and still no results or explanation for her issues.
For months now she is puking regularly (daily), sometimes everything shes has eaten that day, or other times nothing because she refuses to eat for days.
Shes having good and bad days with her general mood. She regularly experiences constipation or pooing blood and mucus and has diarrhea, the list goes on and I don’t believe for a second this is a food-related issue.
She had a stool test, blood test, 3 Ultrasounds, I’ve followed the strict diet and she cannot keep food down without the omeprazole.
Why I’m asking for your help…
I have already spent all my personal rainy day savings on uncovered insurance vet bills. Which has so far amounted to, and still growing at around £1400+
By saving this money to pay for these things I have been excluding basic other needs when it comes to costs and its not maintainable as the bills are turning into debt.
I have had to buy expensive vet recommended dog food that is not covered by her insurance. She is on B12 tablets, Probiotics, and omeprazole at the moment, she also had anti-nausea shots and medication. Every vet visit she is losing weight and some days I can see the misery in her eyes and she looks gaunt and I’m heartbroken.
The next steps are invasive treatments and procedures in this order:-
– Her third ultrasound (no results from the previous vet)
This will come at a cost estimating around £1600+
If this doesn’t answer questions then the next step is…
– CT scan
– Full Biopsy
I do not have a quote for this yet as this is too soon.
Jessie insurance doesn’t renew till March/April next year and they do not backdate vet payments.
How much your help and donations will mean to me…
Opening a funding page is honesty a last resort and a genuine plea for help, and I would do anything for my dog to see her happy again. Any donation big or small would really help her… we will be grateful for anything to go towards her treatment.
Mostly this Target is an estimation and could either go up or down, one solid promise I will make is anything potentially leftover I will donate to a similar cause and will keep people updated on progress.