This is Shadow and he urgently needs your help! He has been diagnosed with Lymphoma Cancer and he has been sick since beginning of October. Currently he is in Emergency at Veterinary Emergency+Critical Care. Prior his admission, he was seen by two Veterinarians and was hospitalized for 4 days but couldn’t find a definite answer to his illness. Fortunately he's now under close observation at the ER. As much care I want to give to Shadow, his expenses have been insanely high and it’s just on the low end of the treatment. I’m reaching out to you for your support so you can help Shadow for his future needs. I’ve been devastated to see him not the way he used to and what he’s going through because Shadow is my baby and will always be part of my life. But now I have to be strong for him. Your support can help him to get the right doctors and therapies that he needs because he deserves to live a longer and healthy life. It will be a rough road for Shadow but I’ll be there by his side. Chemotherapy is an option to get him to a better state and it’s a long term process which we will fight together. I am trying my best so far to cover his past vet visits plus his medications but now his condition is serious, the hospital expenses for the Xrays, hospital stays, medications, and all the lab tests are just piling up. With just a little support from everyone will go a long way to provide him the right medical treatments and more equipped facilities. I want to say Thank You to everyone in advance for your supports. Please share and pray for Shadow to recover soon! WE’LL CONTINUE FIGHTING A GOOD FIGHT!
About Shadow & His Condition
Shadow was born on Jan 20, 2019. He is of a Siberian Husky and I felt in love with him immediately the moment I laid eyes on him which by the way is my very first own puppy. Anyone who knows Shadow would describe him as SUPER friendly, playful and full of energy! Sometimes I can’t even keep up with him lol He is such a well behave and well mannered puppy who doesn’t bark or whine. He loves to keep me warm when I’m watching tv and just hang out with me by my side but that’s all about to change.
At beginning of October, I noticed a change in his behavior. He slowly started not eating as much like he used to. He doesn’t have a lot of energy and just been acting strange. He just wants to sit outside in the backyard and be left alone. He just didn’t seem like his usual playful self. As more days passes by, I noticed how weak he’d become. Whether I am playing with him or when I take him out to play with other dogs, he would just lay there and stare and it really worried me much.
After bringing him to Dewey Veterinary Hospital few times, they didn’t find an answer to what causing him to change. He was put on Metronidazole and Sucralfate for suspecting to be Colitis. He didn’t response to neither medications so I brought him back for Xray, fecal test and blood test. His Xray and fecal test came out normal but his bloodwork showed that his liver levels are elevated. The doctor prescribed him Denamarin to help lower his liver level. After 8 days of taking Denamarin, his condition didn’t improve but got worsen. I decided to bring him to Valle Verde Animal Hospital where he was admitted there for 4 days. He was put on IV for his dehydration as well as other medications to flush out his system. I took him after after the 4th day because even with the 2nd Veterinary, there was still no answer to his illness.
Finally on October 29th Thursday morning, I brought Shadow into 24Hr Veterinary Emergency + Critical Care (VE+CC) and was seen by Dr. Brabson. After seeing, she told me that toxin would be the most common cause of liver problems by signs of icterus and free abdominal fluid. She mentioned that neoplasia such as lymphoma is also a possibility. Her prognosis was that it’s very bad for hepatic lymphoma and not so much for toxin since it’s typically acute and dramatic toxicity. Her recommendation was to redo bloodwork, perform abdominal ultrasound, be hospitalized for supportive care and also an NG tube placement since he hasn’t been eaten well. The medical treatment plan for him came out to be $3311 on the low end meaning this is just the initial payment for him to stay in the Emergency. Even I have spent so much on his previous hospitalization, I would still do anything to get him better and well again.
Dr. Brabson called me Thursday evening with a news that shattered my heart. Shadow’s bloodwork shows all of his cell lines are low (WBC, plateletes, anemic). It’s concerning for a problem with his bone marrow. He has moderate amount of fluid around his lungs, fluid in his abdomen and his liver and spleen. His lymphnodes in the abdomen are large. She said it’s highly concerning for Lymphoma cancer. She said with this cancer it’s not typically not respond well even with chemotherapy. Because his platelets are low, it’s a risk to go into his organs to get a sample to get a diagnosis. She recommended to submit his chest fluid, which she already got, for testing to confirm whether it’s Lymphoma. Of course I wanted her to submit the sample for further testing. I was telling myself that it is not cancer and if it is, I want to make sure of it. In my mind I truly hope that it’s not Lymphoma but with the confirmation, I can continue to see what’s the next plan for him.
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