It started as what appeared to be a stomach bug - vomiting and diarrhea. She was administered fluids, a shot at the vet and we were sent home with three different medicines, twice a day for five days.
The next morning I knew Piper was not right, she refused to stand and was still very ill. I turned to facebook for feedback from other dog parents to see if anyone else had ever seen these issues and if I needed a second opinion. I went with my gut and found another vet. This vet took blood, did multiple x-rays and found that her liver enzymes were high (which means the liver is failing) and her platelet count was low. She also had "abnormal gas pockets". Piper again was administered fluids, and sent home. Although this vet was an angel. She gave me her cellphone number and the number to an emergency vet 30 minutes away and said, "text me, I will answer."
That same night, Piper had deteriorated to the point where she was starting to convulse. She could no longer stand on her own so I carried her to the car and rushed her to the E Vet. They admitted her and sent me home. To leave her was $3000. Treatment was supposed to be fluids and medicine. At 2:50AM I was called saying she needed emergency surgery. This was an additional $3,500. I was so torn, but I went onto my credit card app and upped my credit limit because I knew I was about to max out this credit card, and I did just that. Piper is still not out of the woods, but she is slowly improving. She has lost a ton of weight.
Her liver needs time and medicine to rejuvenate itself, and her GI tract was so swollen it was actually swollen shut. Piper will need ICU treatment for a total of 6 days. Today was one full day and her eyes were already brighter and by late evening she was standing. The vet is confident with the right treatments Piper can make a full recovery in about one months time.
Please help me keep Piper in the ICU for 6 days. Any contribution, even just your prayers are so greatly appreciated. Thank you.￼￼￼
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