Hello everyone, my name is Luca and I live in Italy. If 8 years ago someone told me that in 8 years I would be writing this, I would never believe them. Why exactly 8 years ago? My dog, Toffo, is exactly eight years old. A couple weeks ago, he started feeling sick and having troubles urinating: every time he needed to pee he started crying. Eventually I started noticing blood drops on the floor so I rushed to the vet. Diagnosis: urinary calculi that are not likely to be resolved with medical therapy. The vet used a temporary catheter and administered some heavy painkillers and antibiotics. I had to pay 250€ for the procedure but, you know, I’d do EVERYTHING for my dog. After an initial improvement, everything started all over again and so I went back to the vet. Toffo has a big calculus that must be removed and in order to prevent a come back of the issue, the Doc. must perform a “scrotal urethrostomy“. I asked for a price quotation and a sad truth hit me in the face like a train: I cannot afford it. The doctor asked for 1.050€ (1140 USD, more or less). I live in a tourist place and I used to work as a hotel receptionist, but after the Coronavirus emergency the hotel closed down and I lost my job. Italian government helps me with 600 euros a month, but I hardly make it. My rent is 350€ and with the remaining money I have to pay for bills, food (for me and Toffo) and medicines.
I know that there are many people in need, and I won’t judge you if you think that saving a dog’s life is not so important but, please, if you know someone who can help me in this hard moment of my life, tell him/her about my story. Toffo’s lifespan is around 12-13 years so he’s still young. I feel so powerless right now, and everytime he cries in pain I feel like dying. He really means the world to me and if I lost him because I failed at helping him, I’d be devastated.
You’re my last chance: I really don’t know how to get out of this. Please consider my case… Thank you from the bottom of my heart.