When You Wished You Had Pet Insurance…

Our pets can get into many kinds of prickly situations, and although dogs will always be dogs it can be difficult to predict the cost of medical care when accidents happen. The veterinary treatment for these dogs who got into a tussle with a porcupine are approaching $10K. While this pet owner was lucky enough to obtain funds in a crowd-sourcing campaign – most pet’s don’t have high-profile accidents like this, and need more reliable funding, such as pet insurance, to help them get through the rough patches. Pet Health Insurance guarantees the best care possible for our beloved pets, and enables pet owners to make decisions that are based on a pet’s wellbeing rather than on finances.

Dogs injured by porcupine quills get fundraising support of $10K

Nestah With Porcupine Quills
Nestah received a muzzle full of porcupine quills in an unfortunate encounter last month. (Go Fund Me)

Dennis Mazur, who is trying to cope with massive veterinarian bills after his dogs ran into a prickly situation, is gaining financial help from a crowdfunding campaign.

His dog, Mahalo, was outside with two other dogs, Nestah and Solijah, when she encountered a porcupine.





Mahalo With Porcupine Quills
Some of the quills pierced the heart and lungs of Mahalo. (Go Fund Me)

The dogs tussled with the animal, and Mahalo was instantly covered in quills. Some of them pierced the dog’s heart and lungs, requiring extensive surgery in Saskatoon.

Nestah ended up with a muzzle full of quills. Solijah got away with the least damage, with quills on his neck.

“Quills are a tricky thing,” Mazur said. “They go in and they’re just sort of barbed and they migrate and travel and that’s the fear right now. Mahalo had quills that migrated up into her lungs and into her heart. And the fact that she’s alive right now is a full miracle.”​

Mahalo and the other two dogs are now recovering. “It’s been a blessing,” Mazur said. “I’m feeling truly blessed. I was not expecting this to pan out the way it did.” However, more trips to the veterinarian are ahead and thousands of dollars in bills are being racked up.

“I’m watching day-by-day,” Mazur said. “As long as these are the last of the quills in here, we should be on the road to recovery now.”

GoFundMe page raises $10,000

Solijah With Porcupine Quills
Dennis Mazur’s dog Solijah was also punctured with porcupine quills, but got away from the encounter with the least damage. (Go Fund Me)

Mike Gerrand, a friend of Mazur, has started a GoFundMe crowdfunding page to defray the costs, which he said are “skyrocketing” toward $10,000.

Gerrand said this doesn’t include money Mazur has lost through travel and missing work. He said Mazur even slept in his car outside the vet’s office.

“These dogs are the love of my dear friend Dennis’s life,” Gerrand said on the the GoFundMe page. “They travel everywhere with him and are loved by the special needs clients Dennis works with.”

Gerrand had hoped to raise $10,000. As of Tuesday night, $10,205 had been donated.

Reprinted from CBC News