Friday, 9 July 2010

Can you help Phoebe?

At the age of just nine months, Phoebe, a Labrador, has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia in both hips. The crippling condition is particularly severe in her right hip, leaving the pup incapable of living her young life to the full.
Phil Henderson purchased Phoebe in December 2009. He thought he’d done everything right – he found a Kennel Club Breeder, met Phoebe’s mum and was given both parents’ pedigrees. Unfortunately, while the sire had been hip scored, the dam hadn’t.
He said, “Phoebe’s HD affects her life in every way: she can’t go for walks longer than 10 or 15 minutes three times a day, and I can’t let her jump up, because of the strain it puts on her back legs. Imagine a nine-month-old Labrador not being able to go out whenever she wants to, it’s frustrating for me and I can’t imagine how she feels, not being able to play with other dogs in the park, which she loved.”
Phil spent his last £300 on Phoebe’s X-rays and has now been informed that it will cost £8,000 for a specialist to repair her hips. He had insured Phoebe, but unfortunately didn’t realise it was limited to emergency cover only. He has now taken out new insurance, but Phoebe’s HD is classed as a pre-existing condition.
Because Phil is disabled and unable to work, he is appealing for donations to help change Phoebe’s life. He said, “I would love for Phoebe to have the operation so she can have a normal dog’s life, and we can do the things that we should be doing now: walks, playing, swimming, all the things she craves, but sadly, it’s not possible at the moment.”
If you would like to donate to help fund this operation please see the JustGiving appeal highlighted to the right of this post.