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A 12-year-old military veteran dog was rushed to the vets after vomiting blood. Mo, the “perfect” Labrador, was later diagnosed with a life-threatening tumour on her stomach. Her owners are now appealing for help and support to save her life and give her the retirement she deserves.

Charlie Cridland, a former search dog handler in the British army, rehomed Mo in 2019. He said that Mo had an “eventful” career serving five years overseas for the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, completing several search tours of Afghanistan as an IE3D search dog. Mo also won a silver medal at the International Canine Biathlon in Belgium for her work.

Ten days ago, Mo started vomiting blood after suffering a hemorrhage in her stomach, and without a second thought, her owner took her straight to their local vets in Bridgend. As Maes Glas Vets in Brackla didn’t have the extensive equipment to diagnose the issue, Mo was referred to Highcroft Referrals Unit in Bristol. Charlie said that Mo received “outstanding” treatment from both practices.

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Mo was diagnosed with a tumour – which a biopsy still hasn’t confirmed if it’s cancerous or benign – and while waiting to get surgery she also was thought to have tested positive for Brucella, which is a notifiable disease to public health. This meant that she was not able to have surgery while they waited for confirmation from the lab sample – which came back negative. In the meantime, this meant Mo had multiple veterinary stays being treated as a contagious dog, under quarantine rules, which increased the overall vet bill

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The couple are now “trying to do everything they can” to save their beloved pet after finding out that their pet insurance will not cover Mo’s vet bills or life-saving operation. Charlie said: “We understood we would be covered under our policy for her, later to find out that we had not considered their four pages worth of definitions which has landed us with footing a bill of £8,105 – and the surgery costs £4,500. We can’t do it before covering the costs to date.”

Mo is an active 12-year-old black Labrador who served five years overseas for the Royal Army Veterinary Corps(Image: Charlie Cridland)

He said: “When Mo fell ill she was vomiting blood and my partner didn’t have an hour to read over the fine print.” He added: “[You] would try to do everything you can to save your pet.

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