Rusty's second chance of life

Closed Cause page created in the Animals category by Nele Stender

$5,552 of $5,250 goal
Given by 17 generous donors in 4 weeks

I am raising funds to save the life of a beloved dog who was diagnosed with Laryngeal paralysis. The surgery is the only treatment available


Rusty is an eight year old dog who I have had the pleasure of looking after for the last few months due to changes in the owners circumstances.

Recently Rusty was diagnosed with Laryngeal paralysis- an incurable paralysis of the larynx which is affecting his ability to breathe, bark and speak. Currently Rusty is in a stable condition with his larynx mostly paralyzed but still allowing air to pass into his lungs. He is unable to bark or speak and has trouble breathing. Without treatment Rusty's larynx will become fully paralyzed and he will suffocate.

The only treatment available is a "tie-back"-operation where one of the two paralyzed cartilages gets permanently tied back to allow air flow into the lungs. This is not a cure but a massive improvement of his condition as Rusty is currently not allowed to be excercised or stressed. He loves going to the dog park and the beach and I can see how not being able to excercise and play takes a toll on him, especially because he is otherwise in perfect health.

The owner is unable to fund the high cost of the operation and has offered me ownership of the dog post diagnosis.

Rusty is a very active, fit and healthy dog who has a lot more life left in him and I want to give him the senior dog life he deserves.

Use of funds

The specialist surgery required to improve airflow and ultimately avoid Rusty from suffocating once total paralysis occurs.

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Rusty's Operation   3 June 2021

Posted by: Nele Stender

Hi all,

Rusty has had his successful tie-back operation with a few curve balls thrown in to really test the amazing surgeon Helen!

On Tuesday Rusty was scheduled in for further testing and surgery. In addition to his laryngeal paralysis Rusty was diagnosed with laryngeal collapse stage 1 and a mass around his thyroid. After consulting with the surgeon I decided to go ahead with the surgery while also taking a biopsy of the thyroid tumor since the ultrasound was inconclusive.

Rusty is recovering well and is already experiencing a much improved breathing. We are now awaiting the lab results for the tumor hoping that it is benign and not cancerous.

For the next 4 to 6 weeks he will have to be confined to allow time to heal.

Thanks again to all who donated to improve his quality of life tremendously!

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Tom on 17 May 2021
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Anni Edel on 17 May 2021
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Nils on 15 May 2021
Nils on 30 Apr 2021
That I can see you again little boy. 🐶
Vanessa on 30 Apr 2021

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