Man says he 'won't let his dog die' as he faces £18,000 vet bills to keep her alive
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A dog owner is facing a staggering £18,000 vet bill to keep his dog alive after his beloved pet became seriously ill.
It is a pet owners worse fear for their adored animal to become unwell, and even though insurance may cover the expenses for their recovery, it may only cover a fraction of the total cost in some cases.
One of those who has gone through the shock of their pet becoming sick is Jaxon Feeley from Wigan.
On 20 January, his two-year-old Weimaraner called Rambo went into hypovolemic shock, which involves severe blood or other fluid loss that makes the heart unable to pump enough blood to the body.
Feeley said that his dog began vomiting troughout the night, and having thrown up over 30 times, Rambo was in the emergency vets the next morning.
On top of that, Feeley was told at the vets that his poorly dog had also contracted stomach flu, with her health declining rapidly.
As a result, Rambo spent ten days in intensive care, with Feeley staying by his dog's side all the way.
In a bid to raise much-needed funds for Rambo's costly treatment, Feeley set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for the dog's recovery.
On the page, he said: "Rambo’s insurance has covered her up to £6500.
"Her bill is now up to £11,500 after 1 week in care. It is unknown how long Rambo will need to stay at the vets and intensive care costs is approximately £1000 per day.
"If the worst happens and Rambo requires major surgery, the cost of this as well as the aftercare is something I need to be able to give my little baby girl."
Rambo continued to throw up at the vets, to the point where the fluid was going back down and into her lungs.
This resulted in her contracting an infection, which led to pneumonia and one of her lungs collapsing.
Feeley added: "In the vets words, Rambo could not have been any more unlucky with what has happened.
"The initial cause is still unknown but the position Rambo is in now has resulted in her being in intensive care under 24/7 observation."
Since going live on 27 January, over £15,000 has been raised on the GoFundMe for Rambo's vet bills.
And on Saturday (4 February), Feeley provided a more positive update regarding his beloved pooch.
Writing on the fundraising page, he said: "Over the last 3 days, Rambo has pulled off a miracle, hour by hour she has increased her oxygen efficiency, started eating and drinking, her lungs are slowly recovering and we started to see that beautiful little personality resurface.
"She got herself into a little routine of seeing me for 10 minutes every 4 hours that she even knew what corner of the waiting room to find me in.
"After doing every test under the sun and assessing her incredible progress over the last few days, the team of staff at the vets have been gobsmacked by the power of love, presence and true fight for life."