Gardnerville resident Janet Sciarani, 63, is selling her personal belongings to help her best friend Rachel.
Rachel, an 8-year-old Corgi, spent a week in Carson Valley Veterinary Hospital with pancreas, liver and gallbladder problems, bronchitis, and diabetes.
“It doesn’t bother me to sell everything as long as she gets her care and medicine,” Sciarani said. “She’s always taken care of me. I have Multiple Sclerosis and a chronic kidney disease. She’s right there all the time with me.”
Rachel was admitted into the hospital June 7 when Sciarani noticed she was lethargic and vomiting. After one night home, Rachel was readmitted on Father’s Day with bronchitis.
Sciarani is unable to work and is asking the community’s help in paying for Rachel’s vet and medication bills.
Dr. Jennifer Schefcik oversaw Rachel’s care prior to her being released Tuesday.
She said Rachel is doing better, but will require ongoing care for the diabetes.
“She’s doing great. She’ll be on meds for a couple of weeks for the pancreatitis and the liver, ” Schefcik said. “She’s got diabetes, and dogs get a lifelong form of it. She’ll need insulin injections twice a day and regular blood checkups.”
Rachel’s insulin costs $185 for 50 days. Sciarani sold her bed to pay for the last round, and she’s selling her couch to pay for Rachel’s $200 inhaler. So far, Rachel’s veterinary bills are more than $1,700.
Rachel was readmitted to the hospital Thursday with unknown problems.
“I don’t know what’s going on with this, or which organ it could be now,” Sciarani said Thursday. “She’s not feeling good, she hides under the table just like that. We’re back to day one on this again, but I’m not going to give up.”
Checks can be sent to Carson Valley Veterinary Hospital, 1390 Highway 88, Minden, NV, 89423. Reference Rachel’s name in the memo line.