need help with my dilemma

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Oct 2nd, 2004 00:00
California
Spankie
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I have a big problem and I'm hoping someone may be able to offer some advise. My cat, Buddy, is a 2 1/2 year old Somali whom I love dearly. I am on a limited income and am now faced with a disission that is breaking my heart. Several weeks ago Buddy was showing signs of not feeling well so I took him to the Vet and she seemed to think that he was suffering from an absess from a bit. After treating it and sending him home with antibiotics, Buddy started feeling better and his appetite and happy dispostion returned with in a few days. However, I notices his paw was still swollen and we returned for a check when the Vet noticed there is an area under his arm about the size of a half dollor where the skin is begining to "sluff off". She explained that she only sees this in snake or spider bites and that Buddy would need to have a skin graft for it to heal. Now here is the problem; I've run out of money and am afraid I will have to put him down. I haven't been in this area (So.Calif) for too long and she seems not to want to work out a something for me rather would perfer to send me to a specialist. Does any one have any suggestions on what I should do? I love him dearly and feel so bad that this is not a life threating aillment, but rather something I just can't afford. :'(
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Oct 3rd, 2004 00:00
California
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Hello, I recently went through a similar situation with my cat. I noticed one night that her face looked swollen. After looking closer she had a sore of some type on her face. I am on a very limited income and have a lousy credit history. I called an area vet whom I had never been to and they made an appt. for me to bring her in that day as long as I didn't mind waiting. The vet said it was an abcess that was most likely the result of her scratching herself. He explained that a cat's skin heals faster than a human's and while the skin is regenerating it traps the bacteria inside and results in an abcess. There was black dead tissue around the wound which he said was dead tissue. He said he would need to surgically open up the wound, cut away the dead tissue and insert a drainage tube, keep her there for a few days and also treat her with antibiotics. At that moment I had about $200 to my name for the rest of the month (this was the 2nd week of the month). I explained to this man who never met me before that I really wanted to do what needed to be done for Kiss but I wasn't sure I could afford it. He said he would work with me and the important thing was to get treatment started. He kept her for 6 days, did what had to be done, also gave her the shots she needed, removed the drain and gave her stitches that had to be removed 5 days later and only charged me about $300. I realize how lucky I was to find him and not everyone will run into this good fortune. My advice is to look for a vet that has his own practice as opposed to an animal clinic with several vets. Check your phonebook for places that offer low cost spay/neuter programs (here we have one called the Animal Welfare League) they also sometimes assist people who can't afford a large bill in exchange for some volunteer work. Another option is to call the local animal shelters to ask what vet they recommend (most vets that work with the shelters are donating their time and care more about the animals than the checkbook) I apologize for the length of this reply and hope you can find a solution. Another option that was suggested to me (but I didn't qualify) was basically a credit card for pet care that you can apply for through participating vets. Good Luck and I hope your cat is feeling better soon. Kath
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