Funds for Copper's MRI/treatment
Copper is a 4 year old Doberman who is a registered service and emotional support dog. He began limping slightly in Dec 2017. It has recently flared up and there are times he struggles to walk. They believe it is Wobblers disease which affects the spine and discs but the only true way to tell is with an MRI as well as xrays. He may look like a scary type of dog but he has a heart of gold. We got him when he was just a puppy and he's been blessing our family ever since. My 10 year old son is diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety, ADHD, chronic headache disorder, and had nocturnal seizures as a result of uncontrolled anxiety. When we got Copper we expected nothing more than a pet but he became so much more. In 2016 my son was having issues and seeing specialists trying to figure out fatigue, aches, night terrors, headaches, and incontinence along with uncontrolled Behavior. He had sleep studies, various medications as well as testing and diet changes to no avail . One evening Copper begin barking at the door almost insisting I go inside his room . It was then I witnessed my son having a seizure, he was 8 years old and I was terrified . Nothing had shown up on any of his studies or neurological reports as nocturnal seizures are the hardest to diagnose . It happened again a few weeks later and I was able to catch it on camera to show the neurologist and get my son on the proper medication . He is completely managed for seizures at this time thanks to our protector and faithful companion . My son still suffers severe anxiety as result of continued bullying and ptsd and the dog can sense when an anxiety attack is coming . Typically he is able to push his body against my son almost like a weighted blanket or lay on top of him and relieve the anxiety symptoms . Due to the crushing diagnosis of possible wobblers disease that affects a significant amount of Dobermans, he is unable to fully do his job . We need an MRI to determine the best course of treatment for him but the test is very expensive . I'm a single mom working hard to take care of my children and Copper is my best piece of mind for my son . I hate asking for help but my son needs the dog more than I need my pride . If you can see fit to donate anything it will all be greatly appreciated and go towards the cost of his treatment and MRI. Anything above and beyond what we need will be donated to another organization to help another animal in need . Thank you for reading our story *we increased our goal due to the cost quoted to us of the MRI ($2800-3200) which does not include therapy.+ Read More
Copper is doing great. Thanks to getting the fluid off his joints he is barely showing signs of a limp. He is off all meds now and back to being a dog and calming his boy! Thank you everyone for giving us back our dog who has now given my son his all again.
Coppers right front leg continues to be of concern. He had a joint tap and xray on Friday. They fear he may have an autoimmune disease and a fracture in his elbow. We are awaiting the results as they were sent out. He continues his therapy and medication/supplement regime and is on rest but is slowly being released for short off leash sessions. We are hopeful these round of tests will give us guidance and a path to,full recovery one way or another!
Copper will be going back to the orthopedic surgeon at the end of the month to have a full assessment and new treatment outline and testing. His new vet thinks it may be a degenerative tissue disease that has been present since birth but we are hoping this is not the case as there is no cure or fixing it if that is what it is. He continues to limp on his right leg and his left foot is now deformed as a result. He may have broken his toes but his xray will reveal whats truly going on with his left foot, although it does not seem to cause him pain. We are going to continue with his treatments as much as I can afford until he sees the surgeon and a new plan is outlined. Please keep him in your thought as hes been through so much.
Copper saw the specialist yesterday. She sees Improvement and the left leg but he still has a slight limp to it so treatments will continue. She also noticed for the first time his upper spine around his neck where the mineralization and narrowing was found is starting to bother him. We are going to need to keep an eye on this, start treatment on the area and have additional testing if needed. On a good note copper is slowly being released from restriction to see how he can handle being active. He is allowed off-leash for 10 minutes a day to play but is not approved to play with other dogs yet, despite what he thinks. Connor is currently hosting another garage sale to help with the additional treatments and costs as well as help raise money for several people who've contacted us in need of help with their furbabies. Thank you again for all your support and kindness during this time.