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Case of the Month

Patching Up Patches

Patching Up Patches

Patching up Patches

When Patches, a tiny Shih-Tzu with a huge personality, came into the VCA McClave Animal Hospital last November, he was so happy and lively and wagging his tail so vigorously, that no one would have thought anything was wrong with him until they saw a gigantic mass hanging off of his abdomen.

His owner, Kari, was absolutely distraught. She had visited two other veterinary practices and one emergency clinic to try to get help for Patches, but they all told her the same thing. Patches would need an operation to remove the mass, and the cost would be more than Kari could afford. They would wrap up the mass to prevent it from  bleeding, and then they’d send Patches home with Kari.

When Kari came into VCA McClave, she met with Dr. Nada Khalaf, who couldn’t help but to comment on the number of vets Kari had taken Patches to and still nothing was being done to help Patches. Kari began to cry and explained that she knew what needed to be done, but she just couldn’t afford the costs of the operation. No one would help her.

Because Kari was working, she didn’t qualify for funds like the AAHA Helping Pet Fund. But she knew she could come up with $500 towards the operation Patches needed. That’s when Dr. Khalaf thought of the Angel Fund and told Kari that help might be available for Patches.

With this news, Kari began crying with relief instead of frustration. She was so grateful, she kept repeating, “You are the first person to help me” to Dr. Khalaf.

Dr. Khalaf and her staff took x-rays to ensure that the tumor hadn’t spread. Fortunately, it hadn’t and Dr. Khalaf determined that this was a case worthy of the Angel Fund because the outcome looked so positive.

“It wasn’t an illness where a lot of money would be spent and the pet wouldn’t make it,” explains Dr. Khalaf. “It was just a simple surgery. Patches is a great soul, Kari was willing to help with the expenses and they fit all the criteria.”

Dr. Kelly Miller took the reins at that point and performed the surgery, which went flawlessly. Patches recovered beautifully and she and Kari are together again and trouble-free.

As a member of the SCVMA Board of Trustees, Dr. Khalaf was part of the team that helped create the Angel Fund. Being a member of a local organization, Dr. Khalaf and her fellow creators of the fund realized that they didn’t have a resource in place to help their local Southern California community, so they joined with the Animal Health Foundation to establish the Angel Fund.

“In this economic climate there are a lot of pets in need and our funds are limited,” says Dr. Khalaf. “We have clients who are willing to spend some money, and we have vets who are willing to donate some time and money, with the Angel Fund bridging the gap, it helps us help more clients”

The Angel Fund is meant to be a joint effort where if the client is willing to go out of their way and the veterinarian is willing to go out of his or her way, then the Angel Fund will provide the help the community’s needs to keep pets like Patches healthy, and owners like Kari happy.

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