Dog owner facing £20,000 vet bills says he will 'sell his house'

Dog owner facing £20,000 vet bills says he will ‘sell his house’ in desperate bid to keep his beloved Weimaraner alive

  • Jaxon Feeley’s two-year-old Weimaraner Rambo went into hypovolemic shock
  • She contracted gastroenteritis and pneumonia, racking up vet bills to £20,000
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A dog owner has said he would sell his house to pay his vet bills of up to £20,000 to save his beloved pet.  

Jaxon Feeley said on January 20 his two-year-old Weimaraner called Rambo went into hypovolemic shock – a state in which severe blood or other fluid loss makes the heart unable to pump enough blood to the body.

Mr Feeley, from Wigan, said: ‘She began vomiting throughout the night over 30 times and by Saturday morning we were in the emergency vets.’

On top of the condition, Rambo had also contracted stomach flu, or gastroenteritis, and her health rapidly declined. 

She spent 10 days in intensive care and owner Mr Feeley said he would ‘sell his house’ to keep her alive.

Jaxon Feeley said he would sell his house to pay his vet bills of up to £20,000 to save his beloved two-year-old Weimaraner called Rambo

Mr Feeley, who works as a prison officer, created a GoFundMe page in a bid to raise enough money to pay for Rambo’s costly treatment.

On the page he said: ‘Rambo’s insurance has covered her up to £6500. Her bill is now up to £11,500 after 1 week in care. 

‘It is unknown how long Rambo will need to stay at the vets and intensive care costs is approximately £1000 per day. 

‘If the worst happens and Rambo requires major surgery, the cost of this as well as the aftercare is something I need to be able to give my little baby girl.’ 

During the first week of veterinary treatment, Rambo was vomiting, with the fluid going back down and into her lungs.

She then gained an infection in her lungs and started suffering from severe pneumonia, with one lung collapsing.

Mr Feeley said: ‘In the vet’s words, Rambo could not have been any more unlucky with what has happened. The initial cause is still unknown but the position Rambo is in now has resulted in her being in intensive care under 24/7 observation.

‘The vets are now continuously attempting to drain Rambo’s lung and monitoring the infection within her lungs whilst assessing the level of bacteria in the fluid which is being drained out. Due to all of the medication she is now on Rambo is still vomiting and hasn’t eaten any food herself for a week.

Rambo (left) contracted gastroenteritis and her health rapidly declined. She spent 10 days in intensive care before coming home 

What is hypovolemic shock?  

Hypovolemic shock is a dangerous condition that happens when a person or animal suddenly loses a lot of blood or fluids from the body. 

The amount of blood circulating round the body drops, which can be life threatening. 

If blood volume gets too low, organs will stop working.

‘The worry is that there is now a possibility an abscess has formed on Rambo’s lung which would require major surgery to remove. Vets cannot assess whether this is the case or not for a few days whilst Rambo hopefully begins to respond to treatment.

‘However, if it is, which is my biggest fear, the risk to Rambo’s life is significant. I could never forgive myself if I couldn’t give her the best fighting chance to pull through this horrendous situation.’

In an update this week, Mr Feeley, who is sleeping in his car near the vet’s to be close to his beloved pet, said the cost of Rambo’s care was reaching around £20,000.

More than 600 people have donated to Mr Feeley, with donations surpassing £10,000. 

Yesterday, Mr Feeley shared an update which said that he has returned home with Rambo after the pup ‘pulled off a miracle’.

He said: ‘Over the last 3 days, Rambo has pulled off a miracle, hour by hour she has increased her oxygen efficiency, started eating and drinking, her lungs are slowly recovering and we started to see that beautiful little personality resurface.

‘She got herself into a little routine of seeing me for 10 minutes every 4 hours that she even knew what corner of the waiting room to find me in.’

He added: ‘After doing every test under the sun and assessing her incredible progress over the last few days, the team of staff at the vets have been gobsmacked by the power of love, presence and true fight for life.

‘When they told me she could go home I was nothing short of s******* myself and in all honesty I still am. Can I keep her ok? What if I miss something? My little angel is by no means all better, it will be a long road to recovery for her and she still requires 24/7 observation at this point along with a significant amount of medication. However, we did what we said we would, we came home.

‘There was no way in hell I was ever going to give up on this gorgeous girl, she is just a little baby, with a want to live and be happy with her big brother Rocky and the Feeleys.

‘There are no words to express how grateful I am for everyone’s love, support & donations over the last 2 weeks. It genuinely means more than you will ever know.’ 

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