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We have three dogs who have been extremely ill creating very high emergency and maintenance veterinary bills. We are both disabled.

We have a fifteen-year-old Australian Cattle Dog with borderline Cushing's Disease and the lasting effects of Lyme Disease; Liza is constantly treated for liver infections and intestinal problems plus arthritis.
Kyla is Liza's neice who if fourteen-years-old and developed Type 1 Diabetes this past year and she required Insulin injections twice daily. Once stabilzed during a three day hospital stay, she has been to the vet regulary for day-long visits for Blood Glucose Levels. We also purchased a made-for-animals meter to test her glucose levels at home. We also treat Kyla for cataracts, but she sees shadows and gets around quite well at home. Both of the ACD's are quite happy when feeling well, which is most of the time because we monitor them quite well.
Shelbie is a ten-month-old Cardigan Welsh Corgi who we purchased to be trained as a Therapy Dog, but she develped a life-threatening infection behind her left eye and came close to losing both her eye and her life. She had multiple hospital stays, was required to visit her vet three times a week for a two months and still visits her weekly for tomography (eye pressure comparison). Shelbie was on four to five different medications for two plus months and we still treat her eye daily. She recently ate large wood staples that she pulled out of the side of the house and had an emergency visit to the vet, again, requiring more x-rays, etc. We have closed off everything we can think of to keep her out of plants, trees and dirt. Because of the eye infection, Shelbie became frightened when she couldn't see on her left side for awhile, becoming very aggessive with other dogs and wary around children. Medication and training have helped, but we have had to remove her from Service Dog Training since we don't believe she will be stable enough to participate.
We have a four-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, Badger,who thank goodness, has been healthy so far.
We are both permanently disabled, one of us with a terminal kidney disease.
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