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It seems like a very simple thing but is so often underestimated, that is the quality care from a vet that understands the value of dogs to their owners. Garry, a single pensioner from Warnambool recently fell in his bathroom and broke his neck. Unable for the first time in his life to be able to afford the vet treatment he needed to borrow from his son to take care of his girl ‘Poppy’ who has developed diabetes and lost her eyesight. After using all the money he had and borrowed on her treatment, he was told to put his favourite thing in the world to sleep, which he valiantly opposed. “She’s all I’ve got.” was his actual response.

Garry decided he needed to give ‘Poppy’ the chance she rightly deserved and changed vets to see the team at “The Vet Group at Warnambool” led by the amazing Dr. David. PMC was contacted to help manage the case and Dr. David created a simple & sustainable option for Garry that works within his cost constraints. Often changing the way a treatment is offered can have a profound impact on the pet and owner – thanks to Dr. David for his kind and compassionate care of Garry and ‘Poppy’.

“I’ve got my little baby back,” said Garry. “She’s slept by my side for 10 years and the thought of losing her kept me up pacing the house so many nights. I can’t tell you what your help means to me. Can you send me raffle books to sell? I’ll be telling everyone about you. God bless you…”

“This has been the 1st time I’ve needed help in my life and it’s hard to ask for help.”
What a great result. 

These bushfires have taken so much from so many, including many human lives and millions of animals. It is with great hope we post this message that ‘Arnie’ the working dog isn’t another fatality. The loyal and smart cattle dog was doing what he does best when he was bitten by a snake. Charles, his master, didn’t even notice the fearless canine had taken a bite because ‘Arnie’ didn’t hesitate or stop work for a second. As they finished for the day Charles noticed his boy was off and seemed unsure on his normally very steadfast legs.

As the roads into and out of Omeo were closed due to the threat of bush-fires no veterinary care was available to save ‘Arnie’. Thanks to a wonderful vet nurse Katie who had worked at Bairnsdale Vet and who happened to be in Omeo. She availed herself to assist. As soon as they were able to get through to the Omeo Medical Centre they were able to provide antivenin and intravenous therapy and Katie the vet nurse provided supervision over Arnie for 2-3 days, ensuring his survival.

PMC was asked to help by the reluctant farmer who didn’t want to take donations, but we know how much ‘Arnie’ means to his family so we were more than happy to help manage the case as best we can along with Dr. Jade at Bairnsdale vet today. Arnie developed a mega-oesophagus from the snake bite venom and was taking time to improve which is par for the course at this stage. After surviving the night ‘Arnie’ was fighting hard. His temperature was down and he had a gastric tube in while he was being fed every two hours.

‘Unfortunately, the warrior gave it all he had but bushfires responsible for another tragic loss.

‘Arnie’ fought as hard as he could and for a brief time looked as if he would make it through.

Unfortunately, factors related to the fires, waiting time and his warrior drive of never wanting to slow down have cost him the ultimate price. Our hearts go out to his loving family Carol, Charles and all the beautiful humans who gave him a genuine chance, Katie for your kindness and care and the Omeo Hospital for everything you’ve done along with the vets and staff in Bairnsdale.

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‘Spice’ is a 13-year-old dog and has been a great companion to her mum Debbie. ‘Spice’ is Debbie’s support animal as she is a Disability support pensioner who has been very ill with both a heart attack and stroke. Just before Christmas Debbie noticed a small growth about the size of a matchstick on ‘Spice’s’ stomach that she had never seen before, but it seemed to be quite innocent at first. Soon after noticing the growth, Debbie realised that it had suddenly become rather large and got her beautiful mixed breed dog down to Braeside Community Vets.

On Monday (20-01-2020) the Vet, David Freeman, examined her and found that ‘Spice’ had skin cancer that needed to be cut out urgently. While Dr. Freeman was examining ‘Spice’ he also noticed a small tumour on her neck that also looked as if it could be a cancer threat and would need to be excised. Debbie lives on a very small pension and what she has is often accounted for even before it’s paid, so an expensive procedure like this would mean she would surely have to have her girl put to sleep. With the help of the good folks at Moorabin bayCISS Debbie applied to the PMC website and asked for our help to manage her case and assist her in the funding of the surgery.

Debbie was desperate for help

“If there is any way you can assist me please help me as my Dog is essential to my health and wellbeing”.

Thanks to the care and great work from the team at Braeside Community Vets . The old girl is very pleased to be now back alongside her Mumma where she has been for the last 13 years. A great result for a worthy pair we say. 

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Francesca is on a disability pension due to several different ongoing conditions. Francesca has also had lymphedema from cancer treatment and 3 cerebral aneurysms. She is a single parent and has suffered from panic attacks with a very limited support network around to help her. When she purchased her dog from a Facebook group she did so after being told how much of a difference a dog can make to a humans mental well being, and it was the right information because her dog ‘Tessa’ has been an incredible support for her since she purchased her at the age of 18 months. ‘Tessa’ loves to snuggle with her mum, and she is so much of an inside girl that if she is put outside for a run she cries at the door. Through some of the toughest times in Francesca’s life, ‘Tessa’ has been by her side.

“Just after I got Tessa she sat with me while I did nothing but cry my eyes out for weeks….she has been my companion ever since and I’d be so devastated if I ever lost her.” Francesca reflected on one of her toughest moments.

‘Tessa’ was hit by a car on 27th December – and the driver simply drove away. ‘Tessa’ sustained an open fracture to her front left leg and was seen by Warragul vet at home as Francesca doesn’t own a car so she could not drive her there. The vet took Tessa to their clinic for diagnostic X-rays and stabilisation, and then ‘Tess’ was taken to the Lort Smith animal hospital with a deposit borrowed from the elderly pensioner neighbour. ‘Tessa’ needed to have the leg amputated but with a significant bill that PMC helped with and thanks to our community and followers for helping.

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Elaine has volunteered for many different animal shelters over the last 20 years or so. About seven years ago one of the dogs she had been fostering won her heart and she kept this girl named ‘Tippy’. Without Elaine‘Tippy’ was going to be euthanised at a high kill pound in Melbourne. Ever since that time ‘Tippy’ has been a great comfort to her mum Elaine, even when she sadly lost her other dog during that period due to cancer.

Elaine is a single mother of two lovely girls 12 and 15 years of age, along with ‘Tippy’ who completes the family. ‘Tippy’ also acts as a support dog for the family which helps them greatly. ‘Tippy’ loves to join her family on camping trips and even does some Sheep Herding Training when she can, which she enjoys very much.

In September 2019, Tippy developed a small lump on the right side of her chest needing some minor work to correct it. Unfortunately at her most recent check-up just 2 weeks ago, the lump had now grown to a tennis ball size, which was affecting her mobility and created some breathing issues. After seeing her vet at the Ballarat Veterinary Practice they suggested that surgery was the only option to help her. Elaine who was unemployed could not afford the expensive surgery along with taking care of her daughters so when a friend recommended for her to contact PMC for help that’s exactly what she did.

“Thank you again, I am soooo happy and thankful PMC is able to assist me. We love Tippy” Elaine wrote.

With the great work from Dr. Elizabeth Hendricks and Dr. Jorge Baron at the Ballarat Veterinary Practice, PMC was able to manage ‘Tippy’s’ case and help pay for the surgery which thankfully isn’t life-threatening to ‘Tippy’. We are all very happy we could help this family stay together.

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‘Missy’ is a stunning American Bulldog that was given to Kate 4 years ago. Kate is on a single parenting pension but still works part-time to make ends meet. ‘Missy’ was injured while playing roughly with another dog and tore her ACL. Due to the injury, Mum Kate has taken to sleeping on the floor so that ‘Missy’, who tends to be a bed hog won’t further damage her ACL while she is on her pain medication.

“I am a single mum to a 12-year-old who is starting high school this year and I have tried to put in for loans and have asked family and friends if I could borrow from them and was unsuccessful so PMC is my last opportunity.” Kate who had tried every avenue she could to save her girl from premature death.

‘Missy’ is very special to the family and goes almost everywhere with them. She is an extremely social dog and loved by all who meet her, so much so that a four-year-old family friend offered to pay for the surgery with her pocket money. Pet Medical Crisis is happy to donate our maximum and Maffra Vet has kindly allowed Kate to pay off the remaining every week going forward.
‘Little Missy’ is on the way to full recovery.

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Michelle is on a carer’s pension with three sons to look after in Bendigo. Her three boys all have their own health and well-being challenges, one of which means they need medication three times per day. ‘Mocha’ is a therapy cat who’s been an unbelievable help to the entire family, they rely on her love and kindness.

Other than the huge costs of medication for her boys Michelle receives no assistance paying her rent and bills, so when ‘Mocha’ was bitten by a snake there was no doubt she would have been euthanized. “She is our world…. when you are down or something is wrong she is there to give you comfort. She is the most playful little girl. I have watched her grow from her being born to now, every day she gets better and better (since she was helped after snake bite) but we are still not out of the woods yet” The thankful Michelle said to PMC.

Hanna and the team at Passionate Vet Care were incredible with the treatment they gave ‘Mocha’, and with the help and case management supplied from PMC once we were contacted, the joyful little cat is on the way to make a full recovery from a potential life-ending situation.

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10yo Georgie has it all and we wanted to make sure she didn’t lose her life…. or leg unnecessarily. On Monday while sunning herself at home in Maldon, a gumtree fell, hitting her and breaking her femur. As you can see on the Xray it’s a very clean break and could be fixed but this unexpected expense tipped over the family’s finances. Mortgaged, with Centrelink loan and trying to pay for utilities, school needs, etc – Georgie faced being euthanised.

Pet Medical Crisis donated $1,000 for surgery but the family couldn’t find enough to save her leg and had no way of getting her to Melbourne for other options and so opted for an amputation yesterday.

Enter Southern Animal Health’s Dr. Marcus Hayes who offered to discount surgery by $1,400 to save her leg. The family was ecstatic at the thought of Georgie being given this chance and so Jennifer from PMC drove to Castlemaine yesterday to bring Georgie to Southern Animal Health. Vegas from PMC did the last leg (sorry for the pun!) from Windsor to Cheltenham at 6:30 last night.

“Thank you for getting Georgie safely to Melbourne this afternoon for treatment” said soon to be 3rd time Mum Brenda.

Georgie has recovered now.

Love from all your friends at PMC xxxxooooxxxx

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Paddy from Clayton is on a disability pension and has a severe spinal condition of muscular atrophy which is a neurological disorder that leaves him reliant on his wheelchair to be able to get around. ‘Narla’ is his companion dog and he deliberately chose her because she is large enough for him to give her physical contact from his chair, and how she does love a cuddle.

‘Narla’ is almost 2 and still puppy-like even though she is so big. Up until a few weeks ago ‘Narla’ has been in great health while she helps Paddy day to day, resting her head on the armrest of Paddy’s wheelchair always ready for a pat. Paddy first noticed his big lovely girl had hurt herself when she came in through the doggie door and was limping very obviously.

Being on disability and having to pay for his own life situation he knew he would battle to cover the cost of surgery on beautiful ‘Narla’. After having ‘Narla’ looked at by Paddy’s local vet it was found that she had damaged not one but two of her cruciate ligaments and needed surgery on both. Paddy attempted to find other means of funding such as vetpay, bank loan, and family however for a variety of reasons these weren’t successful.

After discussions with the vet and his mum about euthanasia of Narla purely due to financial constraints, PMC was contacted to manage the case. PMC went straight to our dear friends at Southern Animal Health, who discounted the surgery greatly. SAH discount and PMC’s financial support enabled ‘Narla’ to go in for her first surgery. “The vet spoke to me about putting her to sleep because I cannot afford the costs, but this is not an option as I am very attached to her and she is only a young dog,” Said Paddy who adores his best friend. His love for ‘Narla’ is very obvious. ‘Narla’ is home now, she’s doing well except she has a cone on her head which makes her specially challenged getting it caught on everything.

19 yo Christina and her Mum discussed whether to take on a 13yo dog called Chief whose owner no longer wanted him. With one day before he was to be put down Christina adopted him. She taught him how to walk on a lead for the first time, to play with toys, meet and greet other dogs – and how to be really loved.

Pet Medical Crisis and Southern Animal Health helped out this lovely pair on Wednesday with surgical repair of his damaged ear. He did well and went home to be pampered and fed – heaven on earth!

Sadly this morning Chief became suddenly unwell, struggled with his breathing and passed away by Christina’s side. She is devastated but through her tears she knows how much Chief and she bought to each other in his twilight years.

Rest and heal sweetheart… Love from all your friends at PMC xxxxooooxxxx

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