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Zeus - Dec. 5th, 3 days after injury

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Published on Dec 16, 2011

Here is Zeus 3 days after injuring a spinal disc while jumping. His hind legs were paralyzed for 5 days, and thanks to the expertise and perseverance of Dr. Janette Alvarez, he began to walk on day 5. Two vets we saw prior to Dr. Alvarez suggested euthanasia might be the only answer as they didn't believe he would recover.

I've created a facebook page detailing Zeus's story: facebook.com/ZeusRecoveryChronicles. Feel free to come and "like" Zeus for regular updates!


Zeus's rehabilitative care has caused serious financial strain for his owner (me!). Anyone who would like to donate to Zeus's Recovery Fund to help ensure his continued care can either contact me directly, donate directly to his care providers, or can do so via PayPal by clicking here (you do not need to have a PayPal account to donate):

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr...

Since my situation is not unique, I have decided that 10% of all donations will be in turn donated to the Help-A-Pet foundation, an organization which funds medical care for pets of owners experiencing financial hardship -- I looked into applying myself but the organization currently has no funds to help those in need. After Zeus's rehab is complete, any surplus in donations, should there be any, will also be donated to Help-A-Pet. The organization's website is www.help-a-pet.org.




For anyone not already aware, here is Zeus's whole story:

Zeus is my lively and spirited 12-year-old Rottweiler who's not aware that he's supposed to be "old!" I adopted him 15 months ago, though have known and loved him since he was just a few weeks old. He sustained a spinal injury on Dec. 2nd, 2011, which left him paralyzed in his hind legs for 5 days. Prior to this, he was very active, healthy, and happy. After the first two vets suggested euthanasia, I learned from a talented and caring veterinarian, Dr. Janette Alvarez (http://www.wemakepetsbetter.com, or https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Ani... on facebook) that Zeus was NOT doomed, and is in surprisingly good physical condition for a dog his age, besides the required steps toward recovery from this injury. And thus, I've taken every possible step within my means to save this sweet boy and to ensure his best shot at recovery. It's been quite an adventure.

I've exhausted my savings trying to get Zeus the care and rehab he needs, including many vet appointments, numerous expensive medications and supplements, Laser Therapy, and even Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber treatments, with additional treatments and physical therapy still needed to get Zeus well and fully mobile. Zeus is now walking but has a way to go for (hopefully) a full recovery. Despite all the hoopla since the injury, he is eating with gusto, happy, and wagging himself around as best he can. Donations are being graciously accepted toward Zeus's professional care and rehab. Any kindness will be appreciated.

I would like to add that if you are a pet owner, PLEASE get pet insurance for your pet! The companies I had checked with when I adopted Zeus had told me that he was too old to be insurable, but I have since learned that some companies do not have age limits, but just will not cover pre-existing conditions -- and the cost is surprisingly reasonable (around $12 a month!). My problem could have been avoided had Zeus had the proper insurance. Also, many HUMAN health insurance policies now allow for the inclusion of pets as covered "dependents," so check with your health insurance provider to see if your pet is covered!

Thanks for watching this video, and feel free to share it.

My best,

Dan N.

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