Oscar McGill is an adorable 10 year old Dachshund, whose owners would do anything for him! The McGill’s called Sharon Lakes to schedule a new patient exam for Oscar because they were concerned that the vet they’d been seeing was missing something. Oscar’s breath was terrible and they thought something might be wrong with his mouth.
During the exam, Oscar was found to have severe dental disease and several rotten teeth. Upon review of his records (received from the other vet) we were surprised to find no mention of any dental exams or issues with Oscar’s teeth. In addition, the McGill’s were surprised to learn Oscar was overdue for all of his vaccines and annual lab tests.
Although money was tight, the McGill’s wanted to do whatever was best for Oscar, understanding the untreated dental disease can not only cause bad breath & great pain, but can also lead to other organ damage. They scheduled the dental surgery for the next day and took care of all of Oscar’s past due vaccines & lab services. They were up front about what they could afford regarding the surgery using their Care Credit account & cash. (Care Credit is an excellent resource accepted at both veterinary & human medical offices, whereby account holders enjoy extended no-interest payment options. Visit www.carecredit.com for an instant application.)
So severe was his dental disease, that Oscar’s dental cleaning & evaluation required 9 tooth extractions. Because of this, the surgery cost exceeded what the family had told us they could afford. The doctor & staff involved wanted to help this family that was so willing to do what’s best for Oscar, and who never asked for any financial help. So, when the McGill’s arrived to pick up Oscar in the afternoon, we told them about the Sharon Lakes We C.A.R.E. Fund and that we would be using some of this fund to pay a portion of their bill. It warmed our hearts to see the joy on their faces & their deep appreciation for not only helping them financially, but giving Oscar the medical care he needed.
And what makes this story have an even happier ending, is that a few weeks after the surgery, we received a thank you note from Oscar and the McGill’s with a donation back to the WE C.A.R.E. Fund and a message that said “we care too.”