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Blocked Up

We’ll do whatever we need to in order to save Otto and we are reaching out for assistance to save his life.

— Edgar —

When the family companion isn’t feeling well, everyone become tense and anxious as they do their best to make sure their furry family member is comfortable. Edgar and his family have enjoyed Otto as a part of their family for over 3 years, and being responsible owners, noticed right away when Otto began showing signs of distress. From what they witnessed, Otto was having difficulty going to the bathroom and seemed to be in pain. With great concern, they took him to the veterinarian for treatment and discovered there was a urinary blockage causing many troubles for Otto.

Although unemployed due to COVID, this family was able to pay almost $3,000 toward the initial treatment of Otto to unobstruct his urinary tract. While at first it seemed this was successful, they soon found another blockage and more treatment was needed.

The veterinarian working with Edgar gave us some more insights into their situation by explaining, “These Owners are great–have never hesitated in wanting to give Otto anything he needs despite being unemployed. I tried to send Otto home after unblocking him, but this morning he re-obstructed and I had to re-cath him. I spoke with the surgeon and he indicated a heart murmur and will require a precautionary emergent Cardiac Echo and a Perineal Urethrotomy (since he re-blocked for a second time). Edgar indicated they will do whatever is needed for Otto as he is a family member, not just a cat.”

With their finances stretched to a breaking point, Edgar and his family reached out to Max’s Helping Paws for assistance with the second blockage. Edgar shared, “We already paid $2600 out of pocket and applied for help with care credit today we have 3 kids and a dog at home we miss our cat he is a family member and would really love your help.” This family was doing everything possible to ensure Otto was able to receive the care he needed and not suffer anymore. It was with gratitude to our donors in the community that Max’s was able to extend the assistance needed to bridge the gap between cost of treatment and financial hardship on the family. Otto has been able to receive the second treatment to unobstruct his urinary tract and was able to return home to Edgar and his family. While they are still on careful watch over his progress, it seems the life-threatening condition for Otto has passed.

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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