Help reverse Poppy’s kidney damage

36341056_1547868009378566_r.jpegPoppy is a 4-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound.  I adopted her almost a year ago after my previous dog died suddenly.  I looked at a lot of other dogs, but I found her at the Animal shelter.  She was emaciated, in heat, and such a sweet baby.  I took her in as a medical foster and couldn’t let her go.  Over the past year, Poppy and I have had so many adventures together.  She is the kindest dog you ever met.  She loves letting children pet her and could be a therapy dog if she wanted.

In January, I took her to the vet for a yearly checkup.  The vet found that not only did she test positive for Ehrlichia, Poppy only has an estimated 25% kidney function.  We are treating the Ehrlichia with antibiotics and I am administering subcutaneous fluids every 3-4 days.  I have also had to switch her diet to an expensive blend that is designed for animals with chronic kidney disease.

I am doing what I can to stop the progression of Poppy’s illness.  She is currently has a creatinine of 4.2 (5 being extremely bad), and after more IV fluids, her creatinine has not come down at all.  Poppy is young and otherwise perfectly healthy.  I have spent every extra dollar I had since January on her care.  I am working full time and doing contract work to try to pay for treatments, but I can’t afford to take her to the State Veterinary School to give her the best shot at healing.  I want to help Poppy live the long life she deserves.  Please help me save my pup!

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Beth M 
Carrboro, NC
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