Tokki recently got diagnosed with IMHA (immune-mediated hemolytic anemia). She experienced 3 collapsing/fainting episodes starting on Christmas Eve. She woke up from a nap and got off the couch, falling hard on the floor- we just thought she was tired and didn't think too much of it. On Christmas Day, she collapsed during our evening walk after trying to chase a rabbit. The day after Christmas she collapsed again after she was barking in excitement. Tokki is a very energetic dog, but those few days she was tired all the time, had rapid and heavy breathing, and her gums and tongue were very pale. We took her to the doctor’s and was then hospitalized for 5 days receiving 4 blood transfusions and immunosuppressant therapy. The doctor told us that a normal blood count for her size, breed and gender is 40% and she was at 16%. With her condition so severe, the doctors were honest with us and said that the mortality rate is 80%. It broke our hearts to even think about the possibility of losing her at any time
(Tokki coming from the hospital and Tobi was so excited to see his sister! You can tell how weak she still is, but her wagging tail says it all!)
She was finally ready to come back home and needed a follow-up appointment two days later- which happened to be her 4th Birthday on January 2nd. In case anything were to happen, we decided to celebrate her birthday a day early. Unfortunately, when we took her in for her follow-up, she needed to be hospitalized for another 2 days where she received 1 more blood transfusion.
(Celebrating Tokki's 4th Birthday a day early, just in case we receive bad news from the hospital)
Tokki was finally stable enough to bring back home to San Francisco (we were down in Los Angeles visiting family). However, just a day later on January 5th, she started throwing up a lot. We knew there was something wrong so we went back to the hospital to get her checked. Luckily she didn't need to be hospitalized, but as days passed her symptoms got worse- watery diarrhea increased lethargy, and loss of appetite. She was so weak she could barely get up and go outside to the bathroom. Since she has not eaten for about 2 days (5 days in total including her stay at the hospital) we decided to bring her back to the hospital.
With all these additional symptoms, the doctors concluded that the medications she was taking to treat her anemia were too much for her body to handle, causing more underlying problems such as complications in her GI tract, possible bleeding in her colon, and a possible inflamed pancreas. She was then hospitalized for another 3 days receiving IV fluids and injectable immunosuppressants. At this point, the doctors were honest with us and we had to have the tough conversation of possibly putting her down if she does not improve within the next week or so.
She is back home and stable for now, but she is not the same as she used to be. As some of you may know, Tokki is a very energetic German Shepherd who can spend hours playing with you and never get tired! It's hard to see her so weak and tired all the time, her breath so shallow, and her weight dropping drastically.
In total, she has spent 10 days in the hospital in the last 2 weeks. As you can imagine, her treatment has left a very stressful financial toll on our family. Your kind donation will go towards her medical treatment, which includes hospitalization, blood transfusions, medical examinations, blood work, etc.
To be honest, it was hard for us to decide whether or not to create this fundraiser for Tokki. However, the love and support we've received from our friends and family was nothing short of amazing. We didn't realize how much love everyone had for Tokki. We would be beyond grateful for anything you are able to provide to support us during this time for Tokki's treatment.
We've only had Tokki for 4 months, and it breaks our heart to think that we may lose her soon. We are continuing to pray and hope that she recovers in the long run. We love her so much!! Our family loves to travel and be outdoors, and we are hoping to get Tokki back on her feet so we can continue to show her the world!!
We appreciate you so much for taking the time to read Tokki's story- even that is more than enough. Thank you and we're forever grateful for doing anything you can to support Tokki and our family!! Please feel free to share Tokki's story with your own friends and family!
- Jayme Tan
- Elizabeth Martinez
- Jocelyn Lopez
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