When Lloyd was just 6 months old, we discovered that he had an ectopic ureter. We made the decision at that time to have a laser ablation surgery done at UC Davis to repair his ureter. The surgery was a success and Lloyd's urniary system was now normal!
Lloyd has been a very healthy dog. His favorite things are playing fetch with a tennis ball, wrestling with Lily, and cuddling with his humans and his felines. Lloyd is one of those very intuitive dogs that can read emotions. When one of us is sad or not feeling well, he gives us his quiet, loving presence. He is the most gentle, loving and smart dog we have ever had. Everyone who meets Lloyd forms a bond with him.
Last week, Lloyd suddenly became ill. He wouldn't eat and was very withdrawn. We brought him to our veterinarian, who ran some blood work and discovered that he was in severe kidney failure. We were shocked and so worried. We rushed him to our local emergency vet. They ran some more tests, including an ultrasound. Because of Lloyd's urniary system history, they wanted to rule out any type of congential deformity which could have caused chronic renal failure. It was determined that his sytem was all normal, so that the cause must be either Leptospirosis (a bacterial infection) or ingestion of some sort of toxin, both of which can cause acute kidney failure. Lloyd was treated with IV fluids and antibiotics. After two nights in the emergency clinic, Lloyd's creatinine levels weren't coming down fast enough. Normal creatinine levels for dogs is somewhere between 0.5 and 1.5, his was at 18.1. We discussed our options with the vet.
We made the decision to transfer Lloyd to UC Davis. We knew that at the rate that his creatinine was going down, he would need to be hospitalized for up to two weeks. UC Davis has a more affordable hospitalization fee, but more importantly, the amazing expertise to handle Lloyd's case.
After one night at UC Davis, more tests, and careful monitoring, it was determined that Lloyd was a candidate for hemodialysis treatment. There wasn't much to discuss. Lloyd is a part of our family. We knew that he may not survive if he didn't have dialysis. We had already spent almost $6,000 on his emergency care and knew that the life saving dialysis treatment would cost somewhere between $10,000 and $15,000. We decided to go forward with dialysis. He started treatment yesterday. Treatments will likely be three times a week, and could take up to three weeks to complete. Our whole family is prepared to make the financial sacrifices that are needed in order to make this work because of our love for Lloyd. But, we are reaching out to our amazing community, fans of Lloyd, and animal lovers all over to help us out in any way possible.
Thank you for your support of our sweet dog Lloyd! Please share our story and our Go Fund Me link with anyone who you think might want to help.￼￼
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