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June 19th, 2019 10:00am

Mum Carol visits her desperately ill boy in hospital

Mum Carol Watt from Kerang couldn’t give up on her boy Puss-Puss who saved her life 8 months ago when she felt suicidal. In financial crisis though she had nowhere else to turn.

350 mls of pus was drained from Puss-Puss’s chest cavity and with a $1,000 donation from PMC and another large single donation of $1,000 from one of our supporters, Carol and her 10 yo daughter were relieved of the financial burden and were able to get their loved boy home again to make all of their lives that much sweeter.

Pets bring untold mental health therapy – and securing that bond for owners in necessitous circumstances is what Pet Medical Crisis do best.

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An owner’s inability to afford urgent veterinary care creates a huge strain on owners, family and vets.

One family from Mildura were adopted by their friend’s Neopolitan Mastiff “Kitty” 4 years ago – she chose them and there was nothing else to discuss.

Single Mum Bianca and her 2 children Zane and Shakira valued her protection and all those layers of love and sharing that came with her.

Sadly Kitty responded to an intruder and attempted to jump the fence. She was admitted to the wonderful Benetook Vet Mildura but she was unable to afford the cost of urgently needed care.

Pet Medical Crisis were able to donate $450 for hospitalisation, intravenous medication and care. Sadly nothing could be done and Kitty passed away.

Our deepest sympathy to Bianca, Zane and Shakira.

Pet Medical Crisis relies on public donations to assist pensioners and disadvantaged owners who cannot afford life-saving veterinary care.

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August 19, 2019 10:00am

When single Mum Anna adopted 2 kittens from RSPCA everything was terrific. She had young children, security and the promise of prosperous days ahead.

Turns for the worse couldn’t have been more unexpected and when her Ally became unwell, she was devastated to not be able to afford her veterinary care.

Nurse Kim from Casey Vet Pakenham called on Pet Medical Crisis and after a significant discount on Waffle’s veterinary costs it was determined that she had ingested poison. With prompt hospitalisation and treatment her prognosis was good – but Anna simply couldn’t afford the cost.

Pet Medical Crisis donated $1,000 to give this sweet girl the chance to get over-the-line and home to her loving family.

Unfortunately, Waffles was becoming more and more unwell. Through her heartbreak, Anna had to choose to give her angel her eternal wings.

Our deepest sympathy and respect to this heartbroken family.

Pet Medical Crisis relies on public donations to assist pensioners and disadvantaged owners who cannot afford life-saving veterinary care.

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Circumstances have often taken a turn-for-the-worse for many of the pensioners we assist. Mum Leonie previously held high paying positions. With 4 children in her care who desperately wanted a puppy, she adopted an unwanted Shitzu Cavalier Spaniel when he was 10 weeks old.

Over time Leonie has succumbed to mental health issues. Baxter became her baby and she couldn’t be without him. “He is my only companion – my reason to get up and always by my side. He has the sweetest, most gentle personality.”

Baxter is 13 now and has pain from his teeth cavities and gum disease. He also has a growth on his back which he is starting to try to get at.

Leonie was offered a payment plan by a vet but she couldn’t come up with a deposit for half.

Pet Medical Crisis arranged for Baxter to be seen at Southern Animal Health and thanks to our donation he had his teeth cleaned, 5 removed and the nasty growth on his back removed.

Thanks to PMC, Baxter is back home by his loving Mum’s side.

Leonie said: “I am so grateful to have been able to get this done and as soon as I can, I will donate back.”

Pet Medical Crisis relies on public donations to assist pensioners and disadvantaged owners who cannot afford life-saving veterinary care.

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A well known homeless duo, Mungo Andrew and Ernie have been struggling to find a place to live, mainly because most rentals don’t want a dog. But not Sarah from Langwarrin who last week rented out a room in her home to this top team.

Ernie got on extremely well with Sarah’s 2 Heelers and Doberman X and said ‘Ernie is a grouse dog, well behaved, gets on well with other dogs and just loves everyone’.

Life was looking on the up when Mungo took Ernie along with him to mow a lawn in Karingal. Tragically they were involved in a serious car accident, leaving them both in a critical condition.

Mungo was taken to hospital in an ambulance and the wonderful CFA stayed with Ernie and got him to Karingal Vet.

Without the owner to vouch for payment, Karingal Vet never missed a beat. They rushed Ernie straight in to emergency surgery for a ruptured spleen. Nurse Sarah contacted Pet Medical Crisis (PMC) and we were able to donate our maximum but more was needed. On hearing of the case, donations came flooding in from a wonderfully supportive community and Second Chance Rescue offered to cover the bill.

Here’s a little clip of Ernie getting ready to be discharged home to Sarah and waiting for his Dad to get out of intensive care. He’s been a wonderfully popular patient – and we can see just why.

Thanks to: Ambulance Victoria; CFA Langwarrin and Karingal; Karingal Vet; Landlord Sarah; Pet Medical Crisis; the extraordinary community and Rescued With Love. What a top team!!!!

Mungo and Ernie went on to both make full recoveries and are reunited in health.

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Pet Medical Crisis received a plea for help via our online application form. Single Mother Kim from Frankston has 2 gorgeous kids and an 8 yo Staffy called Jack.

“I rescued Jack when he was 15months old. Allegedly he was used for fighting but his soft nature wasn’t suitable to fight, so he was surrendered.”

“My staffy Jack is more than a pet. He has been my rock, my go-to-guy, my emotional support. I suffer from anxiety and PTSD due to a domestic violence relationship we left 5 years ago. Jack has cuddled me in the hardest times and protected me when I’ve been afraid. He is my daughter’s best friend, he hasn’t left her side from the minute she was born.

Jack became unwell and appeared to be in pain. Kim spent 3 days having him seen at 2 vets and finally, a diagnosis of the splenic tumour was given. Unable to finalise payment for his diagnostic tests she was unable to get his urgent surgery done and given the possibility of a spontaneous and catastrophic bleed, he was referred to Lort Smith. Despite their generous discount and payment plan, Kim couldn’t afford the 50% deposit needed.

Pet Medical Crisis organised for Jack to go directly to Southern Animal Health in Cheltenham where he was taken straight into the theatre for a splenectomy. He came through the surgery well but had to go back to surgery as he was bleeding internally.

I want to thank Pet Medical Crisis – just when everything was getting too much you guys called me and sorted everything out. Words can’t describe my gratitude.

Sadly Jack passed away shortly after his 2nd surgery. Kim was relieved to have been able to give her boy a chance thanks to Pet Medical Crisis.

June 19th, 2019 10:00am

Shepparton resident Michael Hoye was given Riggy, a White Shepherd, almost 12 months ago but he was initially hesitant to accept the puppy because he knew dogs came with a lot of responsibility.

However, the pair instantly bonded and have been inseparable ever since.

‘‘Everywhere I go, he comes with me, he’s my baby boy,’’ Mr Hoye said.

Unfortunately, their special bond was nearly torn apart when Riggy was hit by a car in the early hours of last Saturday morning.

A distraught Mr Hoye rushed Riggy to the vet and discovered he had a haemorrhaged lung, dislocated hip, and a fractured shoulder blade.

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June 20th, 2019 10:00am

Mum Rachel said: “I’m a single Mum with 12 and 14 year old daughters.
I feel I’ve tried everything that’s available to me. I first noticed the lump back in December and have been trying since then to source the funds.  It’s grown 10 times as big in 6 months and is at risk of claiming her life
.”  

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Meet Paris Bartal from Dingley whose single Mum Lisa describes:
“Paris is the heart of our family – waiting by the door when we arrive home from school or work, wherever we go she follows without question. She has taught our friend’s children to respect but not be afraid of dogs. She is loyal affectionate and our beautiful girl.”

Paris was in good health but one day she came to Lisa’s room at 2am wheezing, struggling to breathe and unsettled.

With the help of her son, Lisa got Paris into the car and took her to Southern Animal Health in Cheltenham. She was discovered to have laryngeal paresis and without treatment could suffocate.

The family of 3 kids, Lisa and her mother who is on the aged pension, were in financial difficulties and the option of laryngeal tie-back surgery was beyond their reach. Steroids helped a little but gave just temporary relief. It is now either surgery or euthanasia.

“We want to do everything we can for our Paris. She has always been and still is an awesome dog. But we can’t go ahead without Pet Medical Crisis’s assistance.”

Pet Medical Crisis’s donation enabled her to have laryngeal tie-back surgery at Southern Animal Health and initial signs were that she was able to breathe a lot easier.

The family was delighted to take her home for what would be very precious time together. Unfortunately, she was unable to stop vomiting and had respiratory issues so they sadly took her home yesterday for a final night with her adoring family.

Paris was given her eternal wings the next day at Southern Animal Health surrounded by her loving family.

Our sincere and heartfelt condolences Lisa and family.

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Meet 9 mo Smokey pictured here before what would be the most tragic of circumstances.

Smokey’s young Mum Jennifer was living with her family in Langwarrin. The family took in a boarder who set fire to the house in his room.

The house burnt down and during the fire little Smokey tragically received burns to his paws, ears and back.

Having lost everything Jennifer couldn’t afford the cost of veterinary care but today realised little Smokey desperately needed help. Carrum Downs Vet contacted Pet Medical Crisis to see if we could support this little guy for his Mum. Smokey has 3rd degree burns to all 4 paws and multiple lacerations and burns.

With a $900 donation from Pet Medical Crisis, Smokey had his wounds cleaned under anaesthetic and silvadine burn cream applied to his paws and wounds. Smokey made a full recovery thanks to PMC.

Pet Medical Crisis relies on public donations to assist pensioners and disadvantaged owners who cannot afford life-saving veterinary care.

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You’ve gotta love a smart dog! When you adopt a dog and it becomes an assistance dog without you even knowing it was going to be…. They adopted a dog from Gumtree last year who was supposed to be euthanised if not
rehomed asap.  Alana Fox drove over and took Jax – Border Collie X Labrador.  

They got him home and he was acting unusually – running between the daughter’s room and the Mother’s.  They thought they’d made a mistake getting him and when Alana went to see what he was doing she found her daughter was having a panic attack and the dog was trying to alert her.  Not bad for day 1!
 
From then on he has kept the daughter calm, always positions himself to be beside her and alerts her Mother if there is a concern. Alana then had an accident – fell and fractured her ankle.  Multiple surgeries failed and she had to have a below-knee amputation last year.  The fibula end is causing problems so she can’t get a prosthesis fitted and may need to return to theatre to have it trimmed.  She was placed on DSP, had 1/2 price taxis, etc but had to borrow from both daughters to pay living expenses, etc. She was maxed out and in debt which includes the consultation for Jax at Sandown Vet.

Jax needed urgent dental surgery which the family was never going to be able to afford so in we stepped. PMC to the rescue.

Thanks to Southern Animal Health and volunteer driver Michelle Layet who drove to pick them up and drop them home.

Pet Medical Crisis relies on public donations to assist pensioners and disadvantaged owners who cannot afford life-saving veterinary care.

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Meet Lenny and Winny Gibson from Moe who are constant companions and everything to their loving Mum Christine. Their world’s turned upside down and put them all in very different circumstances.

Christine was walking her darlings yesterday when a neighbour’s large dog attacked them viciously.

Lenny (Maltese Shih Tzu) suffered severed mauling and lacerations. Winny (Pomeranian) suffered dislocation of her hip and lacerations.

Christine lives week-to-week surviving on the Newstart pension. With rent and the cost of utilities rising, she barely makes it through to the next week – let alone having to face 2 unexpected and high veterinary bills.

After Winny had her hip re-located, it was Lenny’s turn to have examination under anaesthesia and repair of his deep lacerations – but sadly Christine simply could not afford the cost.

Moe Vet contacted PMC who were able to donate our maximum to enable her to go to theatre and not have to be euthanised.

So pleased we could be there to help this loving family over-the-line.

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

Pet Medical Crisis relies on public donations to assist pensioners and disadvantaged owners who cannot afford life-saving veterinary care.

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May 30th, 2019 8:00am

PMC – CASE 516

When aged pensioner Brian from Mornington Peninsula lost his wife recently, her best friend ‘Ra’ became even more important to the family.  Brian and his son David are recovering after recently losing their wife and Mum.  Her solace and No. 1 companion was a bundle of fluff and love – Ra.

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May 29th, 2019 8:00am

PMC – CASE 515

Cookie Gheorghiu is a life-line for widowed, disability pensioner Gabbi from Bonbeach who describes her 2 dogs as her babies.

 “They both sleep with me in bed and I go to a lot of effort to cook for them home made meals (chicken and veggies ….) because I want them to be healthy and live as long as possible.”

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May 27th, 2019 8:00am

PMC – CASE 514

Single Mum Cheree contacted PMC via our new application form at www.petmedicalcrisis.com.au.  She explained that she is a carer for her 6yr old daughter Indi who has autism.  Indi has had some bad experiences outside her home and is too afraid to leave the house, let alone go to school and therefore, Cheree cannot work.  Their 2yo cat Mudd and Arya are their assistance pets – keeping this little family connected and calm through their love.

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May 21st, 2019 8:00am

PMC – CASE 510

‘It’s been a rough year’

said Clint Madden from Moe and being unable to find a job has made things that much more difficult.

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Jo Hall, Channel 9 News

Pet Medical Crisis relies on public donations to assist pensioners and disadvantaged owners who cannot afford life-saving veterinary care.

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May 17th, 2019 11:56pm

Thanks Jo Hall.  Love from all your friends at PMC.

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May 13th, 2019 12:00am

PMC – CASE 508

Sweet 7yo Pug Jet had a very uncertain start to life – being passed from family to family to family until she finally found her forever home with the Keesings from Clifton Springs.

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May 3rd, 2019 12:00am

PMC – CASE 507

Judith from Ocean Grove is an elderly pensioner who lives with profound deafness and is supported immensely by the unconditional love of her cherished pet, Milo, a cheeky 12-year-old Maltese.  One of Milo’s greatest gifts is the fact that he barks to alert Judith of visitors at the door.  For the past few months Judith and Milo have received home care and social veterinary assistance from the wonderful team @Cherished Pets Community Veterinary Care headed by Dr Alicia Kennedy.  Milo has for a long time suffered from serious allergies and ear problems that require regular treatment and monitoring.

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April 23rd, 2019 12:00am

3AW interview – Vegas and Dennis Walters

Afternoon radio has one of the truly great voices in Victoria in more ways than one. Dennis Walters, the host of the very popular and long running 3AW 12- 3 pm show was awarded his Order of Australia Medal in 2015 for services as a singer, entertainer and broadcaster.

On the Wednesday afternoon shows Dennis is joined by the dog behavioural expert Laura V. Laura is a leader in her field which includes Animal Science, education, psychology and archaeology.

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April 11th, 2019 12:00am

PMC – CASE 504

Our 504th case is 6mo Kelpie Tank D’Cruza. PMC assisted with surgery for Tank’s brother Mate 4 weeks ago (same bilateral femoral head osteotomy surgery) and while we are a 1-off crisis fund the case was approved for extenuating circumstances.

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