Rooting for Rebel

28429990_15211584660_r.jpegHi there. I am reaching out in hopes the universe will provide. My 11 year old dog Rebel was rushed to Sage Emergency Vet after not eating for 3 days and his health quickly declined. My husband and I did everything to help feed him. We took him to the vet, syringe fed him, and tried giving him anything that might entice him. Like every dog, Rebel LOVED food so it was very bizarre. We decided to bring him in to Emergency at Sage Animal Hospital when he refused to walk/get up. When I picked him up he flopped over like a limp noodle.... Not good.

At Sage they could tell right away something was wrong and brought him back. We received a call later letting us know there was a mass in his intestines and emergency surgery was required. We were called later and were told that he had 3 huge ulcers (the size of large gum balls) in his intestines and it had to be removed, however his blood pressure was low and things looked grim for him. I asked about how his quality of life would be if he survived and the vet confirmed he would have a bit of healing but he would have a normal life. I told them "Do what ever you can to save my dog... I can't give up on him and I have to do all that I can".

Rebel made it through and is now healing. They call him The Miracle Pup. The team of vets at Sage are just as confused as we are about this. Pathology report came back with plasma cells which is a type of cancer cell... We're currently conducting another test to single out what it could be... The vet notified me that there is a slim chance it could be cancer as it came on so suddenly... but we need to be diligent and cautious until we can rule it out. The results from the test will not be in for another two weeks. If results of cancer do show up he will have to have a sample taken from his liver and spleen.

As of now Rebel is healing well and getting better with everyday, but he is still refusing to eat. They had to give him a feeding tube, and so far he is keeping his liquid diet down... He just doesn't want to eat. He will not be cleared to go home until he eats on his own, has solid stool, and is a little more better.

I wouldn't ask for help unless absolutely needed. We have pet insurance but it caps out at $7,500 and I have already paid over $13,000 and we're still not done with his treatment...  I lost my job in September so money is extremely tight and I'm charging this to my credit card with the highest limit. Please if there is anything you can contribute I would be extremely grateful... Even sharing this would be appreciated... Rebel is an amazing dog and and has done amazing fighting for his life. He has touched many lives of those who have encountered him. Help me get this to go viral and help my puppy. 

I visit him twice a day and post updates daily.

If you feel more comfortable making donations directly to the bill at Sage Animal Hospital their information is:

Address : 
907 Dell Ave.
Campbell, CA 95008
Tel : (408) [phone redacted]

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