A pair of Londoners are fighting to keep their beloved pet alive after he was rushed to the vets in critical condition last week for a blood transfusion. Loki the ferret, who is just nine months old, was diagnosed anaemic after the terrifying ordeal, which has left Tyler ‘Tay’ Weston and Melissa Ahern desperate for help.
Following the operation and medical treatment at the vets, which cost the pair £2,100, Tay and Mel are now facing the prospects of euthanising their much-loved part of the family, if they cannot figure out what is wrong with him long-term. This is because the blood transfusion only prolongs Loki’s life, and gives vets more time to find out what is wrong with him.
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The pair have been forced to set up a GoFundMe, as they can no longer afford to pay for vets to diagnose and treat Loki’s condition.
Posting to the campaign’s page, Tay wrote: “Hello Everyone, our names are Tyler (Tay) and Mel and this is Loki, our little 9-month-old baby ferret. Yesterday, Loki was diagnosed as severely anaemic, and he was rushed into a life-saving blood transfusion.
“Unfortunately, we were told the blood transfusion is not a cure, but it will buy us more time to figure out what is wrong with him and, hopefully, how to treat it in time.
“We have already spent around £2,100 for the blood transfusion and other clinical tests, which took all our pet funds. We now require more money for the doctors to diagnose and treat his condition.”
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Tay continued: “The vet hospital does not offer a payment plan, and we cannot apply for any additional credit line or insurance. We have already spent so much on getting this far.
“We cannot bear the thought of having to euthanise our baby boy. He is fighting so hard, and we are looking at any viable option to save him. Please help us save our little Loki Bean.”
If ferrets are well handled by people from a young age, they can learn to see humans as companions and form a strong bond with their owners. If they’re well cared for, ferrets typically live for around six years but can live up to 10 years.
So far, £750 has been raised for Loki the baby ferret, out of a £1,500 target. Thirty-three people have donated to the cause, with one one donor contributing £150.
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