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~Please offset/assist with medical expenses for my dog, Sammy~

My beloved standard poodle dog, Sammy, of 12 years, started acting strangely last night. Something was bothering him, but I couldn't figure it out. Then this morning, he started retching and shaking and could barely stand. His mid-section had blown up like a balloon and was hard to the touch.

I rushed him to the vet, and as my worst fear was confirmed, he was diagnosed with bloat, a life-threatening condition where gas and fluids build up in the stomach and it twists over on itself, cutting off blood supply. He was in bad shape, and the vet gave him a 10% chance of survival with surgery. I was stunned with the news. I've read about many tragic stories regarding bloat, but I never thought this could happen to my dog. Not Sammy! Needless to say, I opted for them to try to save him, though I knew the outcome looked bleak.

After a while, the vet came out and informed me that they were able to untwist the stomach and intestines and his prognosis was actually good. Amazing! The vet was quite dumbfounded, actually. He has seen countless of these cases, and from his experience, Sammy should not have been expected to live, especially since his symptoms started over 12 hours beforehand. Truly miraculous.

Now Sammy will have to stay at the clinic for a while to be monitored and assessed for any damage to his organs.

This $1,800 vet expense comes at a very difficult time, when I've recently had to wipe out my savings, and so I would appreciate any help. No amount is too small. I wouldn't normally make this appeal to the public unless I was feeling desperate.

Sammy has been a sweet and faithful companion for the past 12 years. He has been super healthy and in the prime of his life (although he stopped going long-distance running with me last year =)). I was just about to get him certified as a therapy dog so I could take him to hospitals and nursing homes. He is such a people-lover, and that is an understatement.

Thank you so much for your support!

With deep gratitude,
~Alice
Orange County, CA

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