Love for Leo

For: Leo the Dog (Veterinary/Special Needs Costs)
Sarnia, ON, Canada
Organizer: Jamie Smith
Love for Leo (Leo the Dog (Veterinary/Special Needs Costs))
$4,568
of $8,000 goal.
Raised by 198 donors
57% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Update: Last week Leo and I went to Lakeshore Veterinary Clinic in Sarnia for some neurological testing. On top of regular veterinary services they do rehab for dogs! Leo showed some great signs for the possibility of future mobility with the help of physio and other therapies. He has a lot of muscle atrophy and his back paws are over-flexed. At this point he is unable to position them properly for any type of standing or walking. The vet suggested ankle braces to help reposition them and get the muscles working properly again. She also suggested a 'Help Em Up Harness'. I have posted both fb pages for these items on Love for Leo's page. I have already ordered the harness and am looking into the braces. Leo's first physio appt is tomorrow. I have decided to open anew fundraiser to help cover costs for the braces, harness, and treatments as it will be all pretty expensive. The new fundraiser is called 'Love for Leo - Let's Help Leo Walk Again"! It is still through youcaring.com but a new link. Thanks so much to all of Leo's followers and friends. - Love from Jamie and Leo

Leo is a paraplegic rescue dog from Thailand. He was found on a beach, dragging himself around, with terrible wounds on his thighs and legs. He was malnourished at the time and covered in ticks. A compassionate young traveller decided to take action and help him. She managed to get him veterinary care in Thailand, but was unable to find a rescue group there that would take him in so she raised money to get him to Canada and find him a safe/loving home. 

Leo arrived in Canada this October and I have been fostering him while he recovers and adjusts. I may be looking at adoption but finances are a difficulty for me. Leo has alot of special needs due to his paralysis. At the moment he is being treated for a severe bladder infection and bladder stones. His bladder needs to be expressed regularly and he needs to wear diapers because of his bladder leakage. It is uncertain at this point whether this will be a lifetime problem.

Leo may end up needing surgery and the cost alone of his prescriptions, special diet needs, and diapers is beyond what I can afford. I have alot of love and time for Leo but I need help with the expenses. At the moment there isn't a rescue organization covering these costs so we have set up this online fundraiser. Note: For those interested, Leo's vet care is being provided by Rapids Veterinary Clinic in Sarnia, ON. 

Any donations to help with Leo's medical/special needs costs are greatly appreciated. Thank you to all who have been following Leo's story and to those who have helped with donations up to this point. He is such a happy and friendly dog and he is making progress in his health everyday :)

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 24, 2015

Posted on April 24, 2015

Wanted to give a quick update. Doing really well and have gained 10 pounds since I arrived in Canada. I'm feeling very healthy and happy. Still do not have control of my bladder but we have a good routine to try and keep me from getting another bladder infection. Just posted a few more pics but to see more, please like my fb page - Love for Leo. Thanks everyone! Love from Leo

Posted on January 13, 2015

Posted on January 13, 2015

Also just wanted to remind everyone that you can get more updates about me and see more photos and vidoes on my fb pages - Love for Leo and Help Save Leo. I  will keep posting updates once in a while on this site but I don't get to it as often as facebook. We really appreciate all your kind words and support! - Love from Leo

Posted on January 13, 2015

Posted on January 13, 2015

Hello Friends! Just wanted to let you all know that I had my neutering done last week. I'm recovering very well from the surgery. The vet was actually amazed at how quick I came too and bounced back. I've been resting a lot though and staying inside warm and cuddled up. As for the bladder infection, the results from my bladder culture came back and it turns out I have a type of infection called proteus mirabilis. It is a nasty infection that is resistant to most antibiotics. That is why the antibiotics I was taking didn't solve the problem. Now I'm trying a new drug. I got a shot yesterday and go back next week for another one. Hopefully that will help. My doctors have been so good! I also appreciate all the love and support you have shown me. Hope you are all enjoying your new year so far. - Love from Leo

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