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The Portland French Bulldog Meetup Group Message Board › Frenchie needs your HELP!

Frenchie needs your HELP!

Rachel B.
user 11956254
Portland, OR
Post #: 1
Our 5 year old frenchie, Jack (aka my child) ended up rupturing a disk in his spine and now needs emergency surgery. Unfortunately, the vet wants to be paid upfront and the total cost is just over $5000. Obviously, we don’t have access to this kind of cash, so we set up a donation fund for him at the vet’s office: Emergency Vet Clinic of Tualatin – 503-691-7922. We have care credit, but unfortunately that will only cover $2000.

If we had a bit more time, we could probably come up with the funds; but as it stands, the longer we wait for the surgery, the worse his chances of survival and recovery are. We set up a facebook page for him that has a little more info on it here: http://www.facebook.c...­

I am hoping everyone can help get the word out. We basically have 24 hours to come up with the funds, or else we might have to euthanize him. This is a very heartbreaking situation for us and we REALLY don’t want to be in that scenario. If you can pass this on to anyone who you think could help, we would sincerely appreciate it!!


Rachel B.
user 11956254
Portland, OR
Post #: 2
Hi everyone.. the vet clinic decided not to accept donations on our dog's behalf. So instead we set up a 3rd party donation site. Here is a link to it http://www.youcaring....­

If you are unable to help financially, please help by passing this message along!!

Thanks so much!!
Gracian H.
user 6787620
Stayton, OR
Post #: 179
I STRONGLY suggest you get a second opinion. If the clinic is an emergency clinic then they are more than likely going to charge you more than a reputable specialist who specializes in back and spine issues. Having said that it will be expensive. There are pet care plans that you can also apply for that are like a credit card with low interest that you can use to pay the vet and then pay off over time.

I am a breeder and one of our pups needed jaw surgery after he got stuck in the middle of 2 adult Frenchies rough housing. We took him to Oregon Veterinary Referral Associates in Springfield, Oregon. They were not only amazing but more reasonable that the spine specialists in Portland. Our vets referred us. It was worth the drive and the expense was less than what was quoted at other places, and even less that the original estimate before the surgery. Here is a link to their web site: http://www.ovra.com...­

Good luck with your pup and his surgery.
Kelsey B.
user 53493182
Portland, OR
Post #: 4
I also agree with Gracian, if the surgery isn't an emergency meaning he had the surgery yesterday, then you need to take the time to explore your options and get more opinions! Also you will find difference in price depending on location, everything in metro city areas will be more expensive then in smaller rural towns where the cost if living is duffereny I found this when my lab needed elbow surgery it was a 700 dollar procedure where I was quoted over 1500 for the exact same thing! Spine surgery is nothing to go about litely so do your home work it could mean the quality if your dogs life and depending on how old he is you will have to live with this decision for quiet some time! I have also seen this in ACL surgeries which are common and can very in price significantly and many vets can perform this surgery with ease.... Good luck and I hope your pup and you find what is best for both of you! :)
Kelsey B.
user 53493182
Portland, OR
Post #: 5
Also sometimes vets tell you the worse case scenarios (like doctors) to cYA, when my lab had his surgery he was only 8 months old, they said he would maybe live to 7, healthy with extreme arthritis and his elbows would adventually give out, but with proper diet, weight and joint supplants he is 13 and has been so healthy! people are amazed he stil acts like a pup! :) so hang in there and be hopeful!
Phyical therapy, proper nutrition and allot of love can and patience can work miracles! ;)
Gracian H.
user 6787620
Stayton, OR
Post #: 180
Great advise Kelsey and YAY for your lab. That's wonderful :-)
Bobbi
user 9057684
Portland, OR
Post #: 15
Late to the conversation, but wondering how Jack is!? All the follow-up responses actually made me angry. They have no idea what they are talking about. Spine surgery is nothing to mess with. With a 24-hour window, you absolutely do not have time for a second opinion, or poor doggie could be paralyzed, or like the poster said, euthanized. I know this because we experienced the same thing with our 3-year-old Frenchie. Clinic would not accept payment plans, donations, and balance had to be paid in full up front prior to surgery. Our total due was just over 7k so I would say the 5k poor Jack required wasn't so bad (relatively speaking). From all the research I have done, 7k seems to be the going rate for spinal surgery. Hope Jack was able to get the surgery and that he is doing well.
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