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Chicago Animal Advocates: Emergency Medical Grant Report

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We used the grant to help pay for a brain MRI and spinal tap on a medical-mystery dog in our care.

We needed about $2,400 to do this procedure. We had spent so much on Bon Bon before this, trying to figure out what is going on. It had been draining our funds to help other animals in need. Each time we came up empty-handed with answers.

How many pets did this grant help?


Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Bon Bon came to us over a year ago as an owner surrender. We quickly noticed he was having weird health issues: constant regurgitation, permanently dilated eyes, and odd tremor episodes. Nothing we did gave us an explanation. Our next step to hopefully get answers was to perform an MRI and a spinal tap. This was extremely expensive and a risk, since it still might not give us an answer. This was a bittersweet feeling for us. His MRI and spinal-tap results came back clean. The good news is, there is no cancer or neurological problem causing his issues. This gives us a good feeling that Bon Bon should have normal lifespan. Yet, we still wish we knew why this was happening and how to help stop it. Our vet thinks this is how he was born. We are now working on getting a Bailey Chair for him to help with the regurgitation. Overall, we are happy to know there isn’t something major causing his problems and that he can live a long, happy life. Now we are focusing on finding him the right home to care for his needs. He is truly a happy, sweet dog. Meet Bon Bon:

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