Offer to help Nugget

UPDATE 4:20 p.m.

The call to help a lovable pooch named Nugget has been answered.

Nugget is a 100-pound 'lap dog' that needs surgery on two ruptured cruciates, estimated to cost around $9,000, but one Okanagan veterinarian is willing to do the crucial surgery for $6,000.

Marco Veenis with the Okanagan Veterinary Hospital, said he would be happy to help the dog.

“At my hospital, we take a special interest in orthopedic cases and perform large numbers of these surgeries,” said Veenis in an email to Castanet.

“As Okanagan veterinarians we have a long-standing positive relation with the SPCA and other animal-related charities and are always willing to do our bit.”

Nugget is currently at the Vernon SPCA.

Nugget is a 100-pound lap dog who needs some help.

The large, loveable pooch came to the Vernon SPCA with two torn cruciate ligaments in her back legs.

The fawn-coloured mastiff mix sometimes wags her tail so hard, she injures herself and the damaged ligaments affect her ability to walk.

Without treatment, the injury will lead to arthritis in her joints.

“Nugget is such a sweet and goofy girl. Despite the pain, she’s in, she just wants to love you and be loved. We now keep her tail bandaged, as she has hurt it a couple of times while in her kennel from wagging it so hard,” said Chelsea Taylor, BC SPCA Vernon & District branch manager.

“She thinks she’s a 100-pound lap dog. We just want her to have the chance to lead an active, healthy life. She’s not even two yet, and still has a lot of love to give.”

The medical costs associated with Nugget’s surgery, care and recovery are expected to exceed $9,000. A non-profit organization, the BC SPCA relies primarily on public donations to help the province’s most vulnerable animals.

Anyone wanting to help Nuggett can do so online, or in person at 800 Haney Rd.

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