Mum tells kids Christmas is cancelled as she pays £8k on vet bill for family dog

A massive vets bill has left a devastated mum forced to tell her kids that Christmas is cancelled.

Joely Eaton, 29, was charged £8,317 when she decided to get her dog Buddy’s leg amputated after he was diagnosed with a type of bone cancer called osteosarcoma.

Ms Eaton, who is from Sale, Manchester, and runs a cleaning business, explained that despite the massive sum the alternative wasn’t worth thinking about.

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“I couldn't have put him to sleep,” she said. “He's like another child to me.”

Buddy, a Staffie, really is a part of the family because Joely’s mother – who owns Buddy’s parents – gave him to her for her 21st birthday.

She thought he had hurt his leg as he tried to jump a fence, but a trip to the vet changed everything.

She said: “We had a scan in October as he was limping, and he was there all day. He is a daft dog so I thought he had jumped off the fence funny.

“The vet said it was probably arthritis due to his age and gave him some anti-inflammatory medication.

“The vet told me the worst case scenario can be a bone tumour, but of course I didn't think it was.

“Then he rang me just as I was getting ready to get the boys from school and just said 'It's not good news, it's a bone tumour.”

“He didn't even bring him round from the sedation, he asked me if I wanted to put him to sleep now and said that, if not, I would have about two weeks with him," she added.

“I was just like "no". The boys couldn't come with me to drop the dog off and then not pick him up. I told him I would come and bring him home.”

Getting him home, she managed to then sort a CT scan in Liverpool, which showed the cancer hadn’t spread to his lungs, which made amputation possible.

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The move may well have bought Buddy an extra 18 months, although exact details remain unknown.

Joely has two sons, Ollie, seven, and Jaeden, 10 – she told the Mail Online how she was forced to explain to them what was going on.

Heartwarmingly, she is understood to have said: “We've got Buddy, and that's all that matters this Christmas.”

She will, however, be using her credit card to get her lads a couple of cheaper bits.

Now the close-knit crew are planning to spend Christmas day having a quiet one with Buddy and their French bulldog Spencer, who is seven months old.

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She said this will be at the expense of a normal big family knee-up.

The family have now set up aGoFundMeto help raise money to help save Buddy where at the time of writing £3,063 has been raised of the £4,000 goal.

Joely added: “I really hate asking for help, but this is just reality at the moment for us.

“With the whole cost of living crisis, a vet bill to pay as well as his chemo to pay on top of that — and it is Christmas.

“The boys took it well. My seven-year-old had his birthday recently so he's not really bothered about Christmas, he's one of those dead easy, relaxed kids.

“I just said to them ‘we've got Buddy, and that's all that matters this Christmas’.”


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