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Help Save Carbon - Aid For His Medical Expenses

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Hi everyone. Carbon is my 6 month old rescue pup from Ruff Start Rescue. He came all the way from Oklahoma up here to Minnesota, and from the moment I saw his adorable, yet very sad, face in his profile I knew I had to adopt him. That sadness didn’t last long. From the moment I’ve had him, he has shone as one of the sweetest, happiest, goofiest boys in the world. He’s playful and exploratory, and hasn’t found a toy or stick he didn’t love to chew on. 

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Unfortunately, he also sometimes chews on the wrong things. On Friday, January 18th, Carbon got into a bottle of ibuprofen while I was at work. He consumed up to 200+ tablets. The active drugs in ibuprofen are extremely toxic to animals and with that amount ingested things can be very detrimental. He was vomiting and lethargic. I rushed him to the emergency vet at the University of Minnesota where he was quickly admitted to the ICU.

Carbon has suffered an acute kidney injury. The kidneys are extremely vital in maintaining the health of the body, and the ibuprofen damaged his significantly. He has been on an IV for fluid management and has a catheter to monitor and aid his urination. He was given lipids to coax the toxins out of his nervous system, as well as some other additional treatments to rid those toxins in his system and to aid his kidneys.

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Things are hopeful for now, as he is urinating A LOT (this is a good thing for now!), and his mental state has slowly appreciated. This type of thing could have put him into a coma or killed him, so we are very happy to be in this scenario comparatively. He still has a ways to go. Healing his kidneys, stabilizing and lowering his kidney values and getting off the IV are all steps that need to happen before he is in the clear. 

The costs for his medical management are rising, too. As a young guy just a couple years removed from college, I certainly don’t have a lot of funds for this kind of thing. I am currently dipping myself further into debt for this care. Of course, this means my best friend gets the care he needs and has a fighting chance to recover, so this is a more than fair trade. That said, I am beginning to need help. As he continues to stay in the ICU, each day leads to further costs and I’m reaching the point at which I can’t further plunge into debt. If you, or anyone you know, can help in any way or give any amount, I would be eternally grateful. You would not only help me and the incredible staff at the UMN Vet Center give Carbon the care he needs, but you would help my boy keep his life and in turn continuing to make me the happiest dog owner in the world. 

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Carbon came to me in a time where I was struggling with depression and anxiety, and having him has helped immensely. It’s a cliché to say “I don’t know who rescued who” but rescuing him and having him in my life has done more for me than I could have ever thought possible. He’s the most important thing in my life, and one of the biggest reasons I smile each and every day. I wish everyone could experience the joy he exudes when I get home everyday, when I wake up in the morning, the flurry of kisses he gives when he hops on the couch (or really any time he enters a room), or the laughs he induces when he tries to get you to play with him or scurries to roll in the grass like a maniac on a walk. Carbon is strong and fighting each minute. Help us keep that fight going, so he can continue bringing that extra bit of joy to not just my world, but everyone’s that he comes in contact with.

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Thank you endlessly for anything you can do.
-Austin and Carbon

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Carbon is home! His fever finally subsided, his mood picked up, he is eating like normal, and most importantly his kidney values have plateaued at a normal, healthy level. Things aren’t fully in the clear, as he still has to be on some medications and his kidney values will need to be monitored over the next few weeks and in future vet visits. But for now, he’s home and doing well.

I want to thank everyone again for donating. Obviously, could still use some help so if you want to share this with someone who may want to throw a pretty penny our way, please do. But regardless, it means the world that as many of you helped out as you did. It was a petrifying 6 days but your help and thoughts kept me sane.

Lastly, if you live in Minnesota and if for some unfortunate reason need an emergency vet or urgent care for your pet, I can’t commend the UMN Vet Center staff enough. Carbon took in four times the lethal dose and has come out surviving with the hope of no long term effects. They did incredible work, were immeasurably helpful and kind and compassionate. Major shout out to them.

Thanks again everyone! Carbon’s still in a bit of a daze but once he’s back to his happy go lucky self he will send many kisses your way.
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Carbon’s kidney values are back in the normal range, which is very good. Now, they just need to hold steady. He’s still on a heavy amount of fluids, which are slowly being lowered to see how his body reacts.

Unfortunately, another issue has popped up. Carbon developed a fever overnight, is not eating this morning, and, as you can see, is very lethargic. The vet says that most of the time fevers like this are because of a reaction to the catheters, so they have removed his catheters and hope this solves the issue without needing antibiotics. This makes it a bit more difficult to watch his fluid output levels, but getting rid of the fever is a high priority now.

Fundraiser update: I truly am in awe by everyone who has donated. Carbon and I are more gracious every second. Thank you to each and every one of you!
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