Help Grizzly Fight for His Life!!

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Summary:
Our dog Grizzly has been being treated at Colorado State University’s veterinary hospital for over a week now. We believe he was poisoned by someone deliberately trying to hurt him. He is making great progress and is expected to make a full recovery with continued dialysis treatments every 2-3 days over the course of the next 2-3 weeks. Each treatment costs $1200-$1300. If we are unable to continue treatments, we will be forced to euthanize him so that he doesn’t suffer. He is only 3 years old, and still has the chance to live a happy, healthy normal life. These treatments are groundbreaking, and new to the animal industry. CSU is one of very few veterinary hospitals that have the capability to do these treatments. We are hoping that bringing awareness to Grizzly’s story will help these treatments become more well-known, and therefore less expensive so that they are more accessible to everyone cost wise. We also want to bring awareness to pet insurance, because if Grizzly had been insured, the cost for all of his treatments and everything he has been though up until now would have been covered.

Everyone who knows us knows how much we love our dogs. They are our children, our babies, the loves of our life. They are all we talk about, our lives revolve around them. We will do anything and everything we can in the world for them.

Unfortunately Grizzly needs more than we are able to help him with at this point, financially. We have maxed out all our credit cards, and spent everything that we have to spend on Grizzly, so any help would be appreciated more than we could ever explain. Grizzly is only 3 years old, he's very young and strong!!Grizzly is fighting for his life at the Critical Care Unit at Colorado State University's Veterinary Hospital, and he is fighting HARD!! We have spent every second with him, being the only people other than doctors camping out in the Critical Care Unit, laying in his cage on the floor with him for every second that we can. We sleep in the car in the parking lot once they make us leave for the night.


Detailed Information about Grizzly’s Treatment, and what he has been through already:

His diagnosis is not quite clear, originally doctors thought it could be an auto-immune disorder, a tick borne illness, but now they are leaning most toward a toxin.

Here are the facts so far, starting from where it began:

Grizzly was completely normal one week ago. He was happy, healthy, and crazy as most Samoyeds are! That's why we love them! Out of nowhere, overnight he began vomiting and his urine turned black, so we immediately rushed him to the vet. CSU discovered that Grizzly’s blood cells were attacking each other, destroying each other, causing him to become anemic, as if he was severely bleeding internally. They believed he might have something called immune mediated intravascular hemolytic anemia. We aren't sure what caused this immune response, which is the hardest part. Not knowing, makes it harder to treat. All of this could have also been caused by a toxin that we are unaware of, it would have to have  been given to Grizzly by a stranger or someone deliberately trying to hurt him. Due to the red blood cells being destroyed, hemoglobin was being released into his body, causing kidney damage, which luckily could be reversible. All of the medicines he's on, cause a risk of him throwing a blood clot, but he's also on medicines to prevent that from happening. He was also at risk of internal bleeding because his platelet count was low, which is what helps your blood to clot. Despite all of this Grizzly has remained very happy and alert most of the time. He has never given the vets or techs a hard time, and has been very patient in getting all of his treatments.

Grizzly has gone through multiple X-rays, and sonograms. He has had bloodwork done over and over throughout the past week to see how he is declining/improving. Grizzly has gone through many, many tests and tried treatments. Grizzly had to be placed on a feeding tube, where he is fed constantly through his nose with a liquid diet, because he wasn’t eating enough for his body to help repair itself. Luckily we were able to remove it because he began eating and drinking on his own. He has received 3 blood transfusions because his red blood cell count got too low to continue treatment. Grizzly was heavily sedated, to receive a plasma treatment that helped him to survive. Basically they were taking all the blood out of his body and "cleaning" it then putting it back in to get all the loose hemoglobin out of his system that's there because of all the red blood cells being destroyed. This treatment greatly improved his numbers and we were hoping that these numbers would hold overnight and into the morning but unfortunately they didn't. So we had to begin a more intense treatment of IV medicines. The good news is that it did bring his hemolysis number down a lot, and caused it to continuously drop afterwards, so there was less hemoglobin in his body causing damage. His hemolysis number is now normal. He might need another blood transfusion at some point if his red blood cell count doesn't continue to maintain as well as it has. The hemoglobin released in his system the first couple of days caused a lot of damage to his kidneys, in an attempt to reverse this damage Grizzly has gone through four kidney dialysis sessions, and will definitely need a few more over the next month or so to continue to help his kidneys heal, and eventually go back to normal. His doctor is recommending a dialysis treatment every 2-3 days for the next 2-3 weeks.

 Grizzly will survive
We are hoping for the best, the vets started out giving him a 50/50 chance at the very best, but he has greatly improved since then, and will be able to come home soon, and be treated as an outpatient. The doctors assure us that it is definitely not time to give up, and he still has the chance of coming back from this and living a normal life. This is why we need your help! Every penny counts, and will go directly to CSU towards Grizzly’s treatment. If you can't afford to help, prayers and just sharing/passing this along is appreciated more than we could explain. The vets promised us they would tell us when it's time to let go and think about euthanizing him, and they definitely don't think we are at that point. We don't want to put him through unnecessary tests and treatment if there is no chance of him coming home. Grizzly is still alert and fighting hard, so no one is ready to give up yet. We simply need a little help to continue. Any money we receive that goes beyond what Grizzly needs, will be donated to CSU for funding further research and teaching so other dogs like Grizzly will eventually have a cure.


A big thank you goes out to Dr. Manchester, Dr. Heffner, Momo, Kyle, Jake, Katie, Rebecca, & all the other critical care unit and CSU staff for being so supportive, helpful, for truly caring about Grizzly, helping him get through the past few days, and for letting us camp out all the time in your way on the floor. Even if things don't work out, we are forever grateful.

Please share this in hopes of bringing awareness to Grizzly's case!!! Since the doctors here haven't been able to figure out exactly what's going on with him, maybe someone else who sees this in the veterinarian community might have some ideas that could help! We have been made aware of other Samoyeds that are or have been presenting similar symptoms. If you are one of these Samoyed parents, we would love to hear your story in hopes of learning more about Grizzly’s condition. Doctors don’t believe it’s genetic but any more information doesn’t hurt. We also want to bring awareness to pet insurance, it's only $25-$50 a month, and if we had just insured Grizzly we wouldn't be worrying about the cost of his treatment, everything would have been covered. We learned our lesson, but we want everyone else to learn that lesson from us so this is never anything anyone else has to go through.
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Hey Everyone!! Just wanted to let you know that I'm doing amazing and currently snuggling the day away with my grandpa! All of my numbers were perfect at my last appointment! I have another follow up in January, but as far as I know I'm healthier than ever! We will keep you updated!

We wanted to take this time to thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts! This holiday season has been even more special for us thanks to all of you. Every single one of you made it possible for Grizzly to be here with us again this year, and for many more to come! We can never thank you enough! You guys did it!! Thank you thank you thank you!! Stay tuned for Grizzly and his brother Mac's 3rd Annual Holiday photo!! ;)
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Hey everyone!! I have the best news ever to share with you!!! I FINALLY got my catheter out, which means I'm officially done with dialysis!!!!!! My kidneys have started to work little by little on their own!! I'm still not 100% but I'm getting really close!! Mommy and Daddy got me a "Goodbye Catheter" cake to celebrate, and I ate half of it in literally one bite, before Mommy was even done taking photos!

We are so overwhelmed by the amazing amounts of support we have gotten. It's more than we ever imagined, and it's truly unbelievable. Each and every one of you have had a part in saving Grizzly's life. We could not have done it without you. He is alive because of you. You gave our family the most incredible gift. We will have many years to come with Grizzly! There are no words to describe how truly thankful we are. We could never thank every one enough. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please keep sharing his story in hopes of raising the rest of the money for Colorado State University!
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A wonderful reporter from our local newspaper, The Coloradoan, decided I was special enough to write an article on! She came to the hospital and took pictures of me with my amazing Doctor during my treatment! The article is below!

Thank you all so much! None of this could have happened without each and every one of you. Our family is forever thankful for all the help, and overwhelming amount of support we have received. It has truly been life changing. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

http://www.coloradoan.com/story/life/2016/09/16/facing-pets-death-how-far-owners-go-csu-vet-hospital/90285780/
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Hey Everyone!! Here is the link to the news story CBS 4 News Denver did on me! ❤️❤️ We are hoping the news coverage will bring awareness to these amazing treatments that I have been getting, and let everyone know how incredible all my doctors at CSU have been!

Thank you all again for all of your support and the generous donations!! Each and everyone of you has played a key part in saving my life. My family and I are forever thankful.

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2016/09/07/colorado-state-university-samoyed-dialysis/
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Carmen Heyn Goonewardena
21 months ago
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Brings tears to my eyes to know that this very precious samoyed is getting better each day. Love you so much grizzly as you are my Brady's age and also looks like him. God bless you as you forge ahead with your health.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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LL
Lori Lalonde
21 months ago
1
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That is wonderful news!!!! So happy to hear that Grizzly is getting better each day and that he no longer needs dialysis! Keep us posted as he continues to recover. Such a happy day!!!

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Natalie Strychowsky
18 months ago

Wonderful news! When I first heard his story, it brought tears to my eyes, and we are SO happy to see that Grizzly is doing better and better! Our Gypsy girl is so precious to us too, and we would do anything for her too...Enjoy the holidays! :)

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Janice Kelly
18 months ago

Wonderful news!! I think of him often. Continue to get well! Many thanks for the update.

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Barbara Haiges
18 months ago

I have said prayers for Grizzly every single night since I donated for his care and still will continue to do so. So happy to hear he is doing well. Thanks so much for the update.

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Amy Page LeBlanc McElroy
20 months ago

This is such great news and I am overcome with emotions for y'all! His recovery picture is the cutest...he looks like a grateful pup and happy to be done with his treatments! Incredibel news and I wish y'all many more years with your champion fighter!

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Val Bast
21 months ago

So happy for you, Grizzly! And your mom and dad, too!

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Michelli Riddle
21 months ago

We are so happy that Grizzly is responding to the treatment!

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Angelina Sutanto
21 months ago

glad to hear Grizzly!! Keep us posted for the updates! Sakura

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Kim Channing
21 months ago

It looks like he is on his way to great health. I am so happy for your family, I hope Grizzly will live a long and happy life!

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Evette Days
21 months ago

I am sorry happy. He is such a pretty dog.

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April Castillon
21 months ago

Great news!! Prayers!!

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Miriam Gonzales
21 months ago

So happy to help, albeit so small. Grizzly is in our prayers for a full recovery. God Bless You!

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Beverly Blew
21 months ago

I'm so happy to see the progress. I will continue to monitor. Love you and miss you. Would love to meet Grizzly some day.

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Diann Donato
21 months ago

Grizzly, I'm sooo proud of you, your determination & strength to win this feat...You've got it...You have soo many supporters in your corner who love you from near & far... I wish I could meet you & your family...keep posting these updates on how you're doing..!! We look forward to each & every one sweet boy...♥

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Kim Perry
21 months ago

Keep up the good work Grizzly. I told all of my sammies about you and I feel they are behind you getting better. So here are their Sammie smiles for you and mine for you too. Get better soon so you can go home to your humans.

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Lisa AspenLeaf
21 months ago

Fantastic news! I'll be watching. :)

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Sharon Buxton Bregola
21 months ago

One of the most beautiful sounds to my ears! Keep it up, Grizzly!

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Henrik Karlsson
16 months ago
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Hang in there Buddy!

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Laura Herrmann
18 months ago

I hope Grizzly makes a full recovery

RK
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Russ and Kristy
18 months ago

Best of Luck!!! Merry Christmas and best wishes for the holiday season and the new year!!

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Laura Herrmann
18 months ago

How is Grizzly doing ?

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Anonymous
19 months ago
AO
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Ann Osborn
20 months ago

Sending love on the wind for his recovery.

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Anonymous
20 months ago
DG
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Domi Gouty
20 months ago

I am so glad you are doing good now Grizzly, but I know your hoomans have still huge bills to pay - just want them to buy you your favorite treats today ;)

Carmen Heyn Goonewardena
21 months ago
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Brings tears to my eyes to know that this very precious samoyed is getting better each day. Love you so much grizzly as you are my Brady's age and also looks like him. God bless you as you forge ahead with your health.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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LL
Lori Lalonde
21 months ago
1
1

That is wonderful news!!!! So happy to hear that Grizzly is getting better each day and that he no longer needs dialysis! Keep us posted as he continues to recover. Such a happy day!!!

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Natalie Strychowsky
18 months ago

Wonderful news! When I first heard his story, it brought tears to my eyes, and we are SO happy to see that Grizzly is doing better and better! Our Gypsy girl is so precious to us too, and we would do anything for her too...Enjoy the holidays! :)

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Janice Kelly
18 months ago

Wonderful news!! I think of him often. Continue to get well! Many thanks for the update.

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Barbara Haiges
18 months ago

I have said prayers for Grizzly every single night since I donated for his care and still will continue to do so. So happy to hear he is doing well. Thanks so much for the update.

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Amy Page LeBlanc McElroy
20 months ago

This is such great news and I am overcome with emotions for y'all! His recovery picture is the cutest...he looks like a grateful pup and happy to be done with his treatments! Incredibel news and I wish y'all many more years with your champion fighter!

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Val Bast
21 months ago

So happy for you, Grizzly! And your mom and dad, too!

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Michelli Riddle
21 months ago

We are so happy that Grizzly is responding to the treatment!

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Angelina Sutanto
21 months ago

glad to hear Grizzly!! Keep us posted for the updates! Sakura

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Kim Channing
21 months ago

It looks like he is on his way to great health. I am so happy for your family, I hope Grizzly will live a long and happy life!

+ Read More
Evette Days
21 months ago

I am sorry happy. He is such a pretty dog.

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April Castillon
21 months ago

Great news!! Prayers!!

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Miriam Gonzales
21 months ago

So happy to help, albeit so small. Grizzly is in our prayers for a full recovery. God Bless You!

+ Read More
Beverly Blew
21 months ago

I'm so happy to see the progress. I will continue to monitor. Love you and miss you. Would love to meet Grizzly some day.

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Diann Donato
21 months ago

Grizzly, I'm sooo proud of you, your determination & strength to win this feat...You've got it...You have soo many supporters in your corner who love you from near & far... I wish I could meet you & your family...keep posting these updates on how you're doing..!! We look forward to each & every one sweet boy...♥

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Kim Perry
21 months ago

Keep up the good work Grizzly. I told all of my sammies about you and I feel they are behind you getting better. So here are their Sammie smiles for you and mine for you too. Get better soon so you can go home to your humans.

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Lisa AspenLeaf
21 months ago

Fantastic news! I'll be watching. :)

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Sharon Buxton Bregola
21 months ago

One of the most beautiful sounds to my ears! Keep it up, Grizzly!

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