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Lee is a Disability Pensioner who suffers from diabetes and is vision impaired- he can see the outlines of people but not their faces. Lee loves to help people and he volunteers for the SES and is respected greatly for his contributions. Lee lives Castlemaine with his loving dog ‘Sasha’ a 7-year old chocolate brown Labrador, and a fun-loving naughty cat. ‘Sasha’ was kept as a breeding dog but thankfully was rescued by Lee a few years ago to stop her from having another litter of pups.

‘Sasha’ suffered an aural haematoma and a severe ear infection, which needed to be taken care of quickly before the infection spread. At the same time as doing the surgery for the ear the great vets at Castlemaine decided for her own well being that it would be best to de-sex ‘Sasha’. Lee knew that he would struggle to pay for the procedures needed to help his girl, and that is when Pet Medical Crisis were contacted to help manage the case.

“Sasha is so brainy – she walks beside your front leg and watches over you in case you are going to step in something and guides you away. Her previous owners trained her to help with an autistic person”. Lee told us. After having her surgeries ‘Sasha’ is doing very well. Lee said she’s been by his side the whole time, and he’s very relieved to have his best mate back.

Lee has done a wonderful job with her medications and aftercare meaning ‘Sasha’ has bounced back with loads of energy. Thanks to the Castlemaine veterinary team for the work they have done helping us help Lee and his ‘Sasha’ get through this time.

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Jo is a disability support pensioner who had been in the hospital for 6 weeks and endured a 14-hour surgery to remove cancer from her body. After her money from her NDIS had all been used on her treatment and recovery, she was unable to afford the flea medication needed for her dog and best friend ‘Muffin’ a Maltese X Schitzu. Jo is without family support and poor little ‘Muffin’ had developed bad skin irritation from what the fleas had done to his sensitive skin. Jo asked for PMC to help her and even though it’s not what we normally do we knew what she had been through and wanted to assist her.

“Thank you once again for your help. It is a great relief to have someone so caring do something so helpful to me and my dog, he is my family in a time when I am not doing so well. It means the world to me and I am very humbled by your generosity and care for my family and my situation.” Jo said to the PMC team.

Exhausted by her surgery and other treatments the very thankful pensioner finally can at least relax knowing for now her 10-year-old boy will be no longer be distressed and itchy.

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‘Cruiser’ is a 7-year-old pug who has had a tough trot. It was only a few months ago she had her eye removed due to a blood vessel popping then she suffered from life-threatening pancreatitis. But things went from bad to worse when Cruiser fractured her elbow very badly which meant sadly she needed to have it amputated. Owners Zoe and her partner both suffer from mental health issues and are on disability pensions. The thing that helps them most is having their lovely pets who mean the world to them and their health. Zoe says her kids, 4 and 10, adore both their little furry siblings.

Seeing how badly ‘Cruiser’ was suffering, Mum Zoe sourced various veterinary opinions and got her to the Animal Vet Maffra who discounted their costs to help save Cruiser’s life. Zoe heard about PMC via our Facebook connections and applied for help at www.petmedicalcrisis.com.au. PMC managed the case with Dr Mark at AVM and we donated our maximum to relieve the family’s crippling financial burden. After hearing over the phone that we could help to get her pup fixed up, Zoe broke down in tears of relief.

Little Cruiser is recovering well so far and the family is over the moon that she is ok and back with them. It’s cases like this where we see the undeniable difference pets make in the lives and mental health of humans, and especially to the people who suffer from different forms of illness.

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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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Sue makes room for Vini on her scooter so they are always together

Sue is an aged and disabled pensioner who adores her cat ‘Vini’, but Vini has been in some serious trouble with his teeth and gums. When he was taken to the kind vets at Castlemaine Vet Clinic they realised the cat had broken lower molars with gum recession, which needed to be extracted. Jade from Castlemaine Vet was fantastic in arranging an application to receive help from PMC who jumped at the chance to manage the case and assist alleviating with the financial pressure Sue was under. Castlemaine vets helped with discounting the procedure and PMC covered the difference.

Sue picking her boy up from Castlemaine Vet

Sue is feeling very blessed this Christmas as ‘Vini’ is in her words – “Her entire world”.

For many people this time of the year can be very difficult and lonely, so we at PMC thank all of you who donate or share what we do to help pet owners that need our love and support most. 

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‘Jock’ is a 6-year-old West Highland X Jack Russell terrier who loves to run, climb, dig, bark at possums and look for escape holes. He’s a very adept escape artist and Mum Tania had had to “Jock proof” the back-yard as standard dog proofing wasn’t enough. He’s a social little fellow and likes to go out to lunch in Frankston beach with friends, most of all he is happy to clean up any food that gets dropped. ‘Jocks’ best friend is ‘Jazz’ the cat, they love to play and even sleep together. He’s a great security blanket for her. Mum Tania has many physical problems and has spent years getting surgeries and procedures, she lives tightly on her pension.

“Jock helps me cope with mental stresses by snuggling up and making the world a less scary place to live in.
He’s part of my safe space and helps to calm the anxiety and stress. In the past, he’s protected me from Ice addicted neighbours and stopped people from robbing my unit when all our neighbours were being broken into.”

A few days ago Tania noticed the little champion in the back garden running towards her with his right hind leg tucked up under him. ‘Jock’ had badly damaged his cruciate, which needed to be assessed under anesthetic. PMC was contacted and managed the case including payment. Dr. Marcus Hayes and the team at Southern Animal Health looked after ‘Jock’ well. Now the little fella needs to be super careful or he will need further work done. Crossing our fingers no more escapes that will reinjure his knee.

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After Peter’s home was recently burnt down he needed to move in with his girlfriend. The fire left Peter with very few possessions, but he still had his best mate ‘Bobby’ his Chihuahua X and that’s what mattered most. Peter is on Disability Support Pension as is his partner, ‘Bobby’ acts as an uncertified therapy dog for them both by greatly assisting their mental health.

Peter’s girlfriend’s cat had kittens and the mother cat scratched Bobby’s eye last week causing an extremely nasty scratch on the dogs’ cornea. After getting ‘Bobby’ to the Greencross Vet in Williamstown to see Dr.April Massale it was diagnosed that the very painful eye would need to be removed. Without the funds nor the best way to get his dog helped Peter contacted PMC who’ve done this many times before and were at the ready to assist in every way possible. Dr.April did a great job and the clinic was fantastic in supporting the very thankful Peter and ‘Bobby’.

The surgery all went very well and Bobby is far more comfortable while Peter is very relieved. Oh and ‘Bobby’ won the bravery award for his outstanding behavior. Peter and Bobby are now adapting to being one eyed Collingwood supporters!!

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