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Heather – Rosie

I lost my beautiful Rosie on July 25th 2007. She had been ill with skin / allergy problems and also cervical disc disease for several years. In January 2007 she had a major spinal operation on the first disc in her neck because it had burst and was crushing her spinal cord. She recovered over the next 3 months and it seemed as though she was going to be ok. Sadly this was not the case. At the end of May she seemed to be in pain again and had once more taken to becoming very with drawn only moving as little as possible. My vets suggested she needed to see an orthopaedic specialist and this was arranged for the following Thursday June 7th. This was not with the same practice as her previous op. I was advised she needed a milogram which showed two discs unstable and it was proposed that 5 discs in total would be treated to alleviate the problem. I agreed as I was told it would help Rosie> I was then told to collect her the next am. She was brought out to me looking very poorly. She did not seem to recover at all over the next few days. Her wound was also weeping and not healing as it should have done. She developed sore patches on her tummy and lesions and soreness round her eyes. Whilst all this was happening she had developed a really acute water infection that would not clear up despite having 3 weeks of intensive treatment. By week 5 Rosie was looking really poorly and on the advice of a skin specialist I knew we asked for biopsies to be carried out to find out what was going on. 6 days later came the news that she had MRSA and was totally resistant to all antibiotics. The next thing came and it was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make but I decided the kindest thing I could do for Rosie was to put her to sleep so there would be no more pain. I shall never forget hr as she was my soul mate and there will always be a special place in my heart for her. I was told about the Bella Moss Foundation and a few day’s after I lost Rosie, Jill gave me so much support through this terrible time, and she still does. I now help the foundation with events and without the foundation’s help I would not be able to help other owners who are now losing their pets to mrsa.

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