Dollars for Diesel

$1,205 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 28 people in 46 months
Hello Everyone, My name is Diesel. I am a 5 year old boxer an am very sick. My vet gave me only days to live unless I have extensive testing and treatment. My calcium levels are very high and it will soon cause my heart to stop beating. My family is very sad about this because I have been a big part of the family and they love me very much. They saved me from a bad home when I was only a puppy. I am a great protector and a great cuddler! The children adore me and are heartbroken. My mom can't sleep, and she is sick too. My dad is very sad because we cuddle at night and my 4 legged brother won't know what to do without me because we are best friends. Please help raise money so I can get the testing I need and get better for my family. They need me around.
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We returned to the vet for bloodwork today. Diesel quit eating yesterday and was very lethargic. Bloodwork showed a large increase in his calcium levels again. The vet was wonderful and answered all my questions. Her gut feeling is lymphoma, with a small chance of Addisons Disease. We started him back on the lasix and prednisone today. If we see improvement tomorrow, we will test for Addiso's Disease. If we see a slower improvement, we will know it's cancer, at which point we will keep him on prednisone to buy as much time with him as we can.

As always, thank you all for your continued thoughts and prayers. Definitely not what we were hoping for. :-(
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We got some wonderful news today from the vet...I think! 2 days after his calcium reading was "greater than 16 (that's as high the reading goes), Diesel had his blood drawn to check parathyroid function. They checked his calcium level from that blood as well. The vet called today with completely normal results on both! Because his calcium levels and his condition has both greatly improved, we are stopping the medication regimen and seeing how he does! We will recheck calcium levels in a week, and if they are normal, we are out of woods! She's stumped as to what caused this, but he is 98% back to being his normal self, complete with stealing my dinner off the counter tonight!
I honestly can not thank everyone enough. Without your love, support, donations, and encouragement, I sadly would've taken the advice of the first vet. We would've come home and just made him comfortable and we probably wouldn't have him here with us now. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all.

A very special thank you to Dr. Ann at Towne & Country for being so patient, kind, and aggressive with treatment. I will forever highly recommend her services to everyone!
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Back to the vet today. Rechecking kidney function (to make sure he is handling lasix and the prednisone ok), and to see where his calcium levels are at. He hasn't had an accident in the house or at night in 4 days, and I'm so grateful! He is very cuddly and thinks he should be a lap dog. I do my best to accommodate him :-). Still, he isn't himself. He sleeps a lot and gets worn out quickly. But, he still likes to play. He is eating the wet/dry food mixture 2-3 times a day and any table scraps he can steal from the kids. I am glad to see some improvements but I don't have a very good feeling about this, deep down. We will take this one step at a time and see where the road less us. Until then, we are just loving him up every second that we have the chance to. Thank you again to everyone for the support. Going through the steps of this wouldn't be possible without everyone's generosity. I am eternally grateful to each and every one of you!
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In 2 days, we have raised $975! Unbelievable!
Diesel is acting about the same, but he is eating now, thanks to the canned dog food. As long as he can hold steady, I'll be happy for now. I have to take him back to the vet tomorrow because the sample they got yesterday for the parathyroid blood work was not frozen in time. They don't do this test often and mistakes happen! No charge tomorrow (obviously), and it should be quick. We should have results a week from this coming Monday, at latest. I'll keep posting updates, please keep sharing! Thank you again to everyone who has donated, shared this page, and has kept us in their thoughts and prayers. We couldn't do this without you!
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$1,205 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 28 people in 46 months
Created May 13, 2014
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$100
Anonymous
9 months ago
$20
Anonymous
45 months ago
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$10
'Rado and Tucker Rodriguez
45 months ago

Grrrrrrr....we're sorry things are rrrrruff right now ...Hopefully we'll be yipppinnnggg for good news soon!

$50
Dakota & Tater Kessler
46 months ago

Woof Woof Diesel... Our mommy read us your story last night and we have been sending doggie love and prayers ever since. We have some things in common. My brother Tater and I were also adopted out of GSR.. Besides my brother having a funny name he is a Antaolian Shepherd and I am German Shepherd. We know you're a boxer with a really cool name. Like you, our human families love us very much too and show us every day just like yours. Please know that we are ALL in your corner and hope that you feel better very soon. Woof ~ Dakota & Tater

SM
$20
Susan Maloney-Cowles
46 months ago

Our dogs are our children. Thank you Nikki for helping spread the word. With heartfelt emotion I am praying for your baby! He will be OK. I just know it!

MT
$75
Melissa Tarkett
46 months ago

Keep me updated. All my love.

NE
$150
Nikki Eldridge
46 months ago

I hope you can get the help you need Diesel! As I know how hard this is on your family and just how much you are loved!

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