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A Distressing ‘Tail’

Precious needs his tail removed and I am unable to pay for the surgery. I’m on diability and already pay almost $200 per month for his diabetes and don’t know what to do now. Please help me give Precious a good life!

— Kelly —

Content, retired and loving life…the dynamic duo of Kelly and her beautiful cat Precious certainly live the good life together! While they live simply, the comfort and love they have for each other is unmistakable. Precious is a ragdoll kitty who has been with Kelly for over 11 years and they have certainly experienced more than their fair share of medical matters throughout this time.

Years ago, Precious was diagnosed with diabetes. Since that time, Kelly has monitored his health closely and has been able to pay almost $200 per month for the medications which keep Precious stabilized. Living on disability and a limited income, Kelly has stretched her finances to meet the needs of her companion and fur ‘baby’ so he could have the best quality of life possible.

Last year, amongst an already chaotic year, Kelly began noticing Precious’s tail was not moving in as fluid of motion as it used to. She took him to her normal veterinarian and learned the vertebra between the tail and lower back had completely disintegrated! Shocked and dismayed by this turn of events for Precious, Kelly knew any treatment was going to push her well beyond her financial abilities and so she reached out to Max’s Helping Paws for assistance.

It was discovered an amputation of the tail was going to be needed to ensure quality of life for Precious. Thankfully, with the support of our community partners and donors, we were able to extend the financial lifeline which allowed Precious to have the tail amputation needed. With this treatment, the likelihood of additional complications is greatly reduced, as well as his quality of life improving dramatically. Thanks to owners such as Kelly who keep close watch on their pet companions, Precious is now happy, healthy and home once again!

About Our Veterinary Partner:

Pet Specialists of Monterey is the first to offer 24-hour emergency service and a surgical-referral clinic specializing in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and internal medicine in this area. As a referral practice, Pet Specialists collaborates with other veterinarians – from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz County – to ensure the very best medical care for pets. The emergency facility accepts patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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