Taking care of a Great Dane is a bit different from caring for other dogs. Not only are they more expensive to feed due to their size, but they also have specific needs. Furthermore, if a Great Dane is struck with severe illness, the ramifications can be devastating.
Gigi is a Great Dane that had to be sent to another home because her previous owner couldn’t afford to care for her. She was later adopted by Natalie, a kind woman who had the experience and resources to care for a large dog. The new owner also lived an active lifestyle fit for energetic dogs.
At first, Gigi was perfectly healthy. However, one day she was diagnosed with Wobblers disease. It’s an illness that affects a dog’s spine, causing them to lose the ability to walk over time.
Gigi was not eligible for the traditional surgery to cure Wobblers disease. Natalie had emailed several veterinarians, most of whom refused to treat the dog for the same reason. It was too risky for a large dog like Gigi to undergo traditional surgery.
Eventually, Natalie got in contact with a veterinarian who performed unique surgery for dogs that have Wobblers. The procedure involved inserting small gold beads in the dog’s spinal column to decompress it. This vet had been doing this surgery for several years, so Natalie was confident it would succeed.
Natalie discovered that the veterinarian was extremely far from where she lived. No airline allowed her to fly with her dog to the vet’s location. Furthermore, private airplanes charged an arm and a leg just to fly Natalie and Gigi to their destination.
When all hope seemed lost, Natalie met a man named Nathan and a pilot named John, who volunteered to help her. They flew from Colorado to Indiana, and Natalie never had to spend anything. She called them heroes for spending time and resources to fly her and her dog such a great distance.
The surgery was successful, and Gigi recovered well. In fact, the dog was even livelier than before. Natalie couldn’t be more grateful to everyone who helped Gigi get the treatment she needed.
Source: GeoBeats Animals via YouTube.