Injured Service Dog Needs Your Help!

$1,254raised of $2,500 goal
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Organizer: Jordan McIlrath Beneficiary: Nerissa Cannon

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Cash is currently being trained by his handler to become her psychiatric service dog. He is a quick learner and continues to surprise Nerissa everyday! He has become her world, her hope and her new way of life.

On July 6th Cash was struck by a vehicle and ran, scared and injured into the vast Colorado woods. After searching for two days straight, Cash found his way home. He was limping and in serious pain. 

The local vet said that Cash was dehydrated, multiple lacerations, dozens of infected insect bites and a possible broken jaw. After stabilizing him, he was transported to a larger vet in Grand Junction.

The vet in Grand Junction has has cleaned some of the wounds and taken several Xrays. Cash is still dehydrated, but they are giving him fluids and pain meds. Tomorrow 7/9, the vet hopes to sedate him to clean his wounds better and get better x-rays of his jaw, which they are pretty sure is broken. If it is in fact broken, rough cost estimates are looking to be over $2000. His handler just started a new job and can't afford the bill right now. Please help all you can! Cash is much more than a pet, he is what get's Nerissa through the day. 

I will update as often as possible! Any money left over after bills will be donated to the local pit bull rescue!
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07/15/2013
by Jordan McIlrath
Thank you all so much to those who have donated! If you wish to donate, but do not have a paypal please feel free to email me at jpmcilrath@bsu.edu.

Also here is the link to Cash's moment of fame. Thank you again KJCT!



http://www.kjct8.com/news/injured-service-dog-needs-funds-to-heal/-/163152/20975054/-/aphh35/-/index.html
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07/12/2013
by Jordan McIlrath

Cash has now been home a couple days. While he is obviously glad he is around us, we still have hurdles.

He is going to have to be given water with a syringe directly into his mouth as he isn't motivated enough to drink on his own.

He takes his pills well, but keeps shaking uncontrollably. The vet thinks its pain, so his pain medication has been raised.

Finally found a food mixture he'll eat when softened. He still is too skinny so we are trying to increase his intake to put weight back on and give him enough calories to heal himself. In order to do that on a liquid diet, it needs to be palatable. The blend we are doing adds an extra $100 a month over the next 2.5-3 months But hopefully he'll get the nutrition he needs.

The vet also recommended diaper rash cream to sooth his road rashes. Started that last night and it does seem to make him feel better. But then he has to wear the cone of shame to keep from licking it while it soaks in. Guess it tastes good!

We started walking gently 10-15 minutes each morning and he really perks up and enjoys getting out to explore. Poor guy just doesn't have to energy he used to.

Thank you for your continued support. The expenses keep piling on, but we need to give him the best possible care so that he us healthy and we can work together again as handler and service dog one day.


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07/09/2013
by Jordan McIlrath
Cash had surgery today. Xrays this morning confirmed that the truck had in fact caused a pretty severe fracture in Cash's bottom jaw. After making sure he was completely stable, the veterinarian decided it was time to operate. 

Cash had 3 molars pulled and a metal plate placed in his jaw to stablize it. He also had a wound on his leg that had to be stitched up. He's stable but very unconfortable. 

The plate has to stay in for 4 to 6 weeks and during this time Cash can only eat wet food. On top of it all the poor boy isn't allowed to play with toys while the plate is in! :(

If all goes well tonight, Cash will be going home tomorrow. Its going to be a long road to recovery but Cash seems to finally be in the clear. Thank you all for your prayers!

As for the bill, the latest estimate is still around $2,500 when you factor in the surgery, anesthesia, and removing the plate at the end of the healing time. But again this is just an estimate. Thank you to all who have already donated! 

I am also uploading a picture of Cash after surgery. I warn you it may be a little too much for some people :(
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