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Case of the Month

Hope for Daisy

Nancy and Daisy first came into the San Juan Animal Hospital as a transfer from a local urgent care facility.

They brought an x-ray with them from their previous caregivers that showed a significant number of stones. They asked Jack Mannix, DVM, for a second opinion on the case. Dr. Mannix remembers, “I didn’t feel comfortable making my assessment based on that, so I talked to Nancy about the case to get a better idea of what was happening for her and her pet.”

Nancy was worried about whether it would be necessary to put Daisy to sleep, but she had other worries, too. Nancy was very honest and upfront about being out of work. In addition, she had some disability issues that made it questionable that she’d be able to get another job in her field.

Before making any decisions, Dr. Mannix decided to investigate Daisy’s case a little more thoroughly to see whether he and his staff would be able to help and save Daisy.

He went ahead and repeated an x-ray at no charge and discovered a myriad of stones.

Appreciating that Nancy was honest, forthright, and upfront about being down on her luck, Dr. Mannix was very willing to help her and Daisy. He created a plan of surgery and just as if money were no object in this case. Nancy got all the particulars of what needed to be done, including the cultures, pre- and post-surgery antibiotics, stone analysis, long-term care, and dietary management.

Nancy gave Dr. Mannix the amount that she thought she could contribute to the surgery, and Dr. Mannix attempted to get her as close as possible to being able to afford to give the care. At that point she already had a commitment for $100 from a benevolent fund from the SPCA.

Taking into consideration the money Nancy could afford and the donation from the SPCA, Dr. Mannix gave his estimate and then discounted it to a different level which amounted to about half off of the total surgery.

“I did the surgery and took out the stones,” remembers Dr. Mannix. “There turned out to be between 150-200 variable sized ones.

Daisy’s doing great now. I don’t know exactly how we learned about the Angel Fund, but the organization was nice enough to come up with an additional $500. I thought this was just remarkable because this was a case where the client and I weren’t the only ones who were donating to the health of this animal. It’s a beautiful gift that the Angel Fund was able to bestow, and Nancy and Daisy were very lucky to be the recipients.”

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