Every single person she meets she shows unbiased love to. Despite being a Pitbull with a bad rapt, she is breaking stereotypes daily. Everyone always leaves interactions with her better than they were before...she truly has a magical effect on people & more personality than she knows what to do with. If you've met her, you know. If you haven't, you can see her in action on Instagram @pitawithstrangers
Despite all the love Pita puts into the world and all the love she receives right back, she has still had it pretty rough. About a year into our perfect little story, she started having unexplained seizures. Sometimes just one, sometimes multiple in 24hrs. We started her on an anti-convulsant and CBD oil and regained moderate control over them until Sunday, August 12th.
Pita had 6 seizures in a matter of about 36hrs. I took her into the vet and left with a plan of action. About an hour later, she seized again. This time was not like ANY I had previously witnessed. Normal post-ictal phase (after seizure behavior) for her is a little confusion, hunger/thirst, and slight loss of bowel control - this usually corrects itself in a few hrs or 1 day. Following this one, she was disoriented, agitated, completely blind, and incredibly anxious. She began trying to burrow herself into every corner of my apartment, was yelping, and completely non-responsive to anything I tried to calm her.
Then she seized again, and again, and again. They came a few minutes apart then turned into a seizure that would not stop. I now know this to be called "Status Epilepticus " :
• continuous seizure activity lasting longer than 30 minutes or
• the occurrence of two or more seizures without full recovery of consciousness during the interictal period
Her convulsions caused her to rub her paws raw nails down to the quick. I got a hold of the vet I had taken her to in the morning Vernon Woods Animal Hospital and they answered my hysteric phone call by sending one of their techs to my HOUSE to pick her up - bless them. She received Valium there to stop the seizures and they worked for over an hour to get her core temperature back down to normal. She spent the rest of the day there, was transferred to an overnight facility, and then back to Vernon for another full day. I was finally able to bring her home Wednesday night where she has been recovering ever since.
New meds seem to be currently doing the trick but she isn't herself yet. The vets and I are hopeful and she has been making progress each day.
This GoFundMe is to cover the cost of her veterinary bills from this episode ($1481.86) and also her new medication + anti-seizure food for a few months. Any extra money over my goal (unless specified by a donor), will be donated to the AKC Canine Health Center Epilepsy Research Initiative -- although Pita's condition may not be true epilepsy but rather caused by something else unknown, research on epilepsy in dogs and management of seizures in general is severely lacking. Hopefully we can get close to a cure.
Any and all donations are greatly appreciated. Please reach out with any questions about Pita or her treatment <3
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