UPDATE: Loopie is resting comfortably after having major dental work performed at the Alicia Pet Care Center. (See original story here.) Formerly named Diane, she was a “border stray” who was rescued more than a year ago in Tijuana, Mex.
The final estimate was much higher than the second estimate/update. The estimate started at between $792 and $1,327 when she saw a vet in El Cajon, Calif. At that time, only a cursory check of her teeth was done by the vet. She was taken to Alicia Pet Care Center on the morning of Feb. 16, at which time a more thorough examination of her mouth was performed. The estimate climbed to $1,622.46 – the update of which was provided in the original article. While in surgery, the vet discovered Loopie’s dental disease was much more serious. Nineteen teeth had to be extracted. The estimate climbed again to $1,814.26. [fn1] (See slide show.)
Loopie’s rescue “team” was saddened to know that she must have been in a lot of pain for so long, though she remained as sweet as can be. The team was also concerned because of Loopie’s underlying condition as a result of her catching the potentially deadly distemper virus at some time during her lifetime. [fn2] A permanent tear or cut at the end of her tongue suggests she likely had major seizures – another common symptom of the distemper virus – which probably caused her to bite down on her tongue.
Fortunately, PJ Rosch, Founder of The Little Red Dog (“TLRD”), takes her role in animal rescue very seriously. Her concern is, and has always been, the health and welfare of her rescues. Loopie was no different. Rosch made a vet appointment for her even before she was transported to one of her rescue’s fosters. It was a relief to know that Loopie was in good hands.
Loopie’s difficult and extensive dental surgery lasted hours. She arrived at her prescheduled vet appointment in the morning, and was still in surgery after 5 p.m. She is probably in quite a bit of pain, but it is being managed with pain medication. With PJ at the helm, her vet care needs met, and the TLC she’s getting from her awesome foster family, Loopie is safe. It will only get better from here on out. In fact, Rosch said Loopie ate breakfast this morning.
Rosch asked the vet who performed Loopie’s surgery if there are any other issues that need to be addressed. The vet responded:
“I do not have any other concerns at this time with her other then her twitching just to make sure they do not get more severe. She obviously had very severe dental disease but now that we have addressed that she should be ok. Her labs were unremarkable.”
Loopie’s rescue team was ecstatic to hear the news; but now there’s the issue of the huge vet bill that needs to be paid. Donations are needed to help defray the costs this small rescue incurred because of it’s generosity in taking Loopie when other rescues closer in proximity declined. Rosch stepped up and gave 100 percent. With that in mind, Loopie’s rescue team is asking anyone who can help with Loopie’s vet care to donate in one of the following four ways:
- By visiting The Little Red Dog’s website and clicking on the “Donate” link
- By PayPal at PJ@TheLittleRedDog.com
- By sending your donation by snail mail to Alicia Pet Care Center, 21716 Rushford Drive, Lake Forest, CA 92630
- By calling the vet directly at (949) 768-1313, and notating your donation is for “Loopie.”
Once Loopie is better, she will need a forever home. Her adopter must be inherently patient and take the time necessary to allow Loopie to trust and get to know him or her. Everyone who has met or spent time with Loopie says that she is a very special girl, highly sensitive and eager to please. As her foster said, she is “the perfect companion.” Anyone interested in being Loopie’s forever person is asked to contact PJ Rosch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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fn1: PJ Rosch, Founder of The Little Red Dog, had Loopie vaccinated and microchipped. The final bill is higher than the estimate.
fn2: Distemper virus is a serious disease that “affects a dog’s respiratory, gastrointestinal, respiratory and central nervous systems, as well as the conjunctival membranes of the eye,” according to WebMD.