From there, veterinarians found that Mollie had a mass in one of her kidneys, which they suspected was cancerous, and removing her entire kidney was the only way to save her life.
Alayna was told that it would be between $9,000 to $12,000 to pay for Mollie’s kidney removal surgery.
As if this wasn’t all shocking enough, Alayna was additionally informed that Mollie’s platelet level was “dangerously low” meaning Mollie could not go right in for her surgery.
Three days after receiving all of this awful news, Alayna chose to take Mollie to another vet for a second opinion, where she learned that hopefully, Mollie’s kidney cancer might not be that at all; it could be possible that Mollie has a kidney stone or some kind of obstruction instead.
“While this is potentially positive news, the unfortunate catch is that her platelet levels continue to dramatically drop and now she has a fever,” Alayna explained.
“The doctors are concerned she has immune mediated thrombocytopenia, where her own immune system attacks and destroys her platelets. They are working to correct this with immune-suppressing drugs, but she is requiring hospitalization and close monitoring.”
“The platelet treatment can take up to two weeks to take effect, and only THEN she can have an exploratory surgery to remove the obstruction or biopsy the mass.”
This vet who provided a second opinion told Alayna it would be around $5,000 to $6,000 to have her kidney removed, though Mollie will need to undergo an exploratory surgery before this is done.
On top of that, Mollie will need blood transfusions, medication, specialized care, and hospitalization as well.
Alayna has already shelled out $3,800 for Mollie to go to the ER three different times, and Mollie’s medical bills are continuing to add up.
“I want to do all I can to give Mollie the best chance at living until a ripe old age by my side,” Alayna said.