Zeppelin’s Battle For Life

Zeppelin has never given up on his family, we do not want to give up on him now.

— Denise —

6 1/2 years ago, Denise brought home a beautiful German Shepherd puppy who had captured her heart. The 3 month old puppy brought his gentle spirit, playful nature and compassionate heart to Denise’s world that day. Since then, Zeppelin has been an integral part of Denise’s world. Zeppelin has been able to assist Denise in her own character growth, as “he’s the pet that made me have all the patience and care in the world for any other pet. Zep helped me love and understand pets unconditionally.

As a practicing veterinary technician herself, Denise was alarmed and worried when Zeppelin began showing signs of lethargy, bleeding and loss of appetite. She quickly took Zeppelin to the Pet Specialists of Monterey, where the diagnostics and work to save Zeppelin began. With an unknown source of distress, diagnostics and hospital observation were required to determine what was happening to Zep. With such care, it was determined Zeppelin had a gallbladder infection and would need to receive continued fluids, medications, observation and injections in order to become stabilized.

After having already spent over $4,300 on Zeppelin’s treatment, Denise was discouraged but hopeful when she reached out to Max’s Helping Paws for assistance in saving Zeppelin’s life. As a vet tech with a compassionate heart for animal welfare, her world was now being shaken as her very own companion was suffering. She shared, “We need him around longer. If we didn’t care or love him we wouldn’t be asking for help, any amount of help is appreciated. I know he’s fighting through this, we will do all we can.” With Zeppelin’s health at risk, Denise was willing to seek any means possible to ensure his pain was alleviated.

Grant funds received from the Doris Day Animal Foundation and The Monterey Peninsula Foundation directly contributed to the financial assistance required for Zeppelin’s care. Zeppelin was able to stay in the hospital for continued observation while he received treatments to reduce his pain. Truly, this is another heart-warming instance of being able to support not just a pet, but a family member.

We are grateful to have received a recent report from Denise with a beautiful ‘family’ photo:

“Zeppelin is doing well! Although his recovery is slow and is on quite a few medications, he is definitely fighting through it all. I know his recovery will take some time and things will maybe be different from now on, but everyday is getting better seems like. I can see the willingness in him to take on each day!! Which makes me an even stronger person for him and also at time tends to make me emotional because of all the happiness I feel for him.
I am so happy, proud, relieved, blessed, humbled and beyoooooond thankful that we are at this point in his life and in mine.
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.

Posted on September 19, 2020 in Success Stories

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