Peaches has always been a furry ball of energy, but now she’s been sleeping those days away in pain.
The six-year-old English Bulldog is suspected of having deep corneal ulcers in both her eyes, making it difficult to see almost anything.
“I was at a breaking point last week,” said owner Brooke Ervin, a Sooke resident.
“All the vets we took her to couldn’t agree on treatment, and I wasn’t going to accept losing her. She won’t even run to the door when someone knocks like she usually does – it’s the most heartbreaking thing.”
In August, Peaches started developing discoloured pus from her eyes. Ervin, who lost her daughter Hannah Day to a seven-year battle with cancer last year, has been growing more stressed as she’s already paid $1,500 in veterinary bills, and the only solution had another expensive price tag.
On Monday, Peaches will undergo three surgeries at Sooke Veterinary Hospital.
One will address the condition of the dogs’ eyelids from rolling inward towards the eye, another to scrape dead skin cells off the eye, and the final one to treat chronic ulcers on the surface of the eye. The procedure will cost more than $2,100.
Now, Ervin is asking for the public to help her with the unexpected charges.
“It hurts to think that I could lose another love in my life,” said Ervin. “She is hurting and barely gets up on most days. I know I have to do everything I can to save her.”
The Sooke woman has set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds to cover the surgery. As of Thursday, the fundraiser has collected more than $1,200.
Ervin pointed out that any additional funds that are not used for the veterinary bill will be headed towards the “Doggy Day Fund,” which she set up at Sooke Veterinary Hospital to help future pets who need financial assistance.
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