Sunday, July 5, 2009

Cooper needs your help – MSU accepting donations

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Letters from Cooper:
Hi, my name is Cooper. I am 5 months old and I am a Yorkie. I have a brother named Maxx and a sister named Sadie. I live between Manchester, Michigan and Ann Arbor, Michigan. I love to give kisses and by my families side.

I haven't been feeling so well. Went to the Small Animal Clinic in East Lansing, Michigan last week because of pain in my lower abdominal. I was diagnosed with an inguinal Hernia. In fact, I have a 1 and a 1/2 tear in my left abdominal wall which is causing my intestines to fall into my scrotum. It is quite painful. I do not like to be picked up. Doctors say I need surgery soon however the surgery is going to cost between $900-$1200 dollars. However, due to cost the doctors say I can wait at least another month while my mommy tries to raise the money. Also during my visit, doctors heard a "whishing" sound in my chest. The Cardiologist diagnosed me with a medium sized hole between my left and right ventricle which is causing blood to pool at the bottom. Although no structural changes have occurred within my heart, doctors give me 4 months before major damage begins to happen. Supposedly I need heart surgery to repair the hole if I'd like to live a long, healthy life as soon as I get old enough. This surgery will cost between $3000 to $4000 dollars.

I didn't mean to be sick. I just wanted to live as healthy as I could.

My vet has decided to take donations for my surgery. Anything would be great appreciated. I need as much help as possible, so I can be fixed as soon as possible.

Please help me life a long, healthy life. Please keep my in your prayers.


P.S. Mom will be adding more information to my progress and information regarding donations really soon.


Went to the Vet's today. I finally weigh 3 pounds! Everything is stable for now although I am still hurting when someone picks me up. Mom has been given instructions about putting my intestines back in place - doesn't seem to be doing much good. My heart is still pumping. Although I have been limited in regards to how much activity I can do. In fact, the vet said I can only walk for 10 to 15 minutes per-day! Can you believe that!? What am I supposed to do with all my energy? Oh my!

Also, received news as to when my next check up will be. July 10th I go for my rabies shot and a weight check. They also want to listen to my heart and see how I'm feeling. Then... Dr. Huie, at Michigan State, wants to see me in 4 months for another Ecogram to see if there are any more structural changes of my heart. I really don't like that machine, feels funny. She says surgery is still needed as soon as possible but I have to get bigger because they can't find tools small enough to work on me. But good news! That means more food, treats and toys for me!!

Until then, I hope to be filled with energy, lots of kisses and attention for everyone!

Even though I don't like all the prodding and probing by the doctors, I am thankful that someone really cares about me!



Great news! The small animal clinic at Michigan State Vet. Hospital has agreed to sponsor my case!! They will begin accepting donations for my surgeries today! Mom set everything up and I am so thankful that my life has the chance of lasting forever!

Here is the information you will need to know in regards to helping me.
My account number is 246968 and my name is Cooper Talbert. My mom's name is Adrienne Talbert. You can look me up either way. The number to the Small Animal Clinic at Michigan State Vet. Hopsital is (517) 353-4957. Everyone is wonderful there. Donations can be made at the number listed above or by mailing a check to Michigan State University, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Attn: Business office, Rm A198 East Lansing, Michigan 48824. Please include my account number on the check so your kindness doesn't get misplaced.

If you would like to donate, please send me your name and address as I would like to personally thank you from the bottom of my little heart!

I will need to raise at least $3,500 before my doctors will even think about performing the surgeries on me. The rest Mommy will have to pay when she picks me up.


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