This is Logan's story. Logan was adopted as a pup from the SPCA. Logan has lived with us all of his life. He is now 6 and a half years old. I know a lot of people say that about their pet, but, to us, he is just the sweetest boy in the world.
In 2015, Logan had a suspicous mass that appeared on his back. After many tests, the vets were sure it would be cancer. It turned out it was an infection, so he was prescribed antibiotics. A year later, the same mass came back. We opted for an operation to remove it. It had invaded his muscles as it had grew inside big as an orange. The vet was able to remove it successfully.
During the past holidays, Logan started to feel less energetic and stopped eating. Another mass appeared on his back, but on the opposite side of the one that was removed. Very worried, we asked to get a biopsy of the mass, which turned out to be the same type as the other one: an infection.
We also asked for an X-ray, which revealed a huge mass the size of an organe in his intestines. We had to act quickly, so we went into the big hospital for animals and they removed the mass. Logan had a 20% chance of making it through this operation, and although they had to remove 70% of his small intestines to save him, he woke up and recovered in no time. His operation was done on Januray 25, 2018.
After his operation, Logan came back to life. The mass got tested for cancer, but it only came back as an infection, again, that had grown out of proportion, and very fast.
However, on March 15, 2018, Logan started declining again. After a follow-up ultrasound, the mass in his intestines came back, and he has lost a lot of weight.
We love him so much, and he is such a fighter, we've been trying to save him all this time. He is currently taking 5 different medications, twice a day, for a total of 10 pills a day. We are home cooking for him, we have to feed his all the time, but he is a trooper. My husband and I do not have any children so he is really our child.
It's been since his operation on January 28, 2018 that we've been doing tests, biopsies, PCRs, and such to find out what the mass is and how to treat it. But no luck - the vets have not found anything yet.
The big surgery alone costed us 6000$. All the tests and ultrasounds we did another 4000$ and we've spent over 2000$ in medication. We will post the vet bills soon.
But we have hope. Logan might have a rare disease called Pythosis - or water leech. He's lost already in one week 10 pounds. Out fight right now is to keep him well fed, if not, we lose him.
Pythosis is present in the States and the hot climate countries but it might have entered Canada. It is usually a fatal disease but there is a chance that he can survive this. The treatment is a combination of medication and a new immuno treatment, which is sort of experimental at this point. However, it has proven that it could cure dogs in 35% of cases. As long as there is a slight chance he can make it, we will fight with him to the end. The medication and the experimental treatment that could save his life is for the next 10 months. Probiotics alone cost us over 300$ a month. Medication for one week are 200$ for a total of 800$ a month. And this doesn't include the immuno treatment nor the additional blood tests, ultrasounds and other biopsies we need to do. Hence, we are forecasting a treatment of minimum 8000$ to save him.
Please help us save Logan and get him the experimental treatment that he needs to save his life. If this works out for him, it might work out for other dogs too who are having the same fate.
At the same time, we are hoping this campaign raises awareness towards this dreadful disease. As the climate gets warmer, this disease is slowy creeping up in Canada. Beware of ponds, puddles, lakes and all other bodies of stagnant water. Including dog bowls at dog parks.
We would be forever grateful. If the treatment ends ups costing less, we will donate the money to help another dog who desperately needs medical treatment.
Hope dies last. Please help us save our angel.
- Alexia-Jade D. Brunel
- Louise Nadeau
- Taran Singh
- Mike Gaum
- Sue Iliakis
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