Nick Thomas, a clinical director at New Era Archway Veterinary Centre, recently set up a JustGiving page to help one of his clients, Spencer Keenan, and his dog, Manic.
Mr Keenan has had the Staffordshire bull terrier since he was a puppy, with the two becoming inseparable over the past six years. Manic is a young, energetic animal that also serves as a disability support dog for Mr Keenan.
However, Manic has a ruptured cruciate ligament in his knee, which has heavily affected his mobility.
‘He loves to run around and jump and do what dogs do,’ said Mr Keenan. ‘But he’s hurt his knee and now he needs an operation. He’s just like a kid and he doesn’t
understand why he can’t go running about.’
Mr Thomas explained that surgery required specialist training and equipment, and usually cost between £2,500 and £3,000.
‘The surgery is expensive, but the alternative is that his dog will end up with bad arthritis or even have to undergo amputation,’ he said. ‘That would put extra pressure on the other knee and could result in that ligament going too.
‘The quicker he has the operation, the quicker he can start on the road to recovery.
‘We will always endeavour to do what’s best for the dog. Yes, we’re not a charity, but normally in these situations we would try to help with something like a payment plan. Unfortunately in Spencer’s case it’s a bit difficult. I thought about setting up a JustGiving page for him, as he needs the help and support.’
When asked how much Manic meant to him, Mr Keenan said: ‘He’s the reason I get out of bed.’
The JustGiving page aims to raise £3,000 and those who wish to donate should visit justgiving.com and search for ‘Allow Manic the dog to have his knee operation’.