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Help save our sweet Summer

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Raised by 33 people in 9 months
Created May 1, 2018
Saving Summer
on behalf of Gabrielle McGinty
Please help us in trying to save our dog Summer's life.  We recently found out she has kidney disease / failure.  She has had a rough go at life in her two short years already.  When she was a puppy, we found out she had ectopic ureters  which led caused her to be unable to hold her urine.  She was constantly soaked in pee because it would just essentially go right through her body.  We took her to a specialist, had ultrasounds done, we even had surgery at the top ranked Michigan State vet hospital to try and correct it.  It was very costly and unfortunately only provided a partial fix.  They also found some minor abnormalities while in surgery and because of the incontinence, we do have to keep her in diapers in the house.  The vet believes because of the abnormalities she has, it does allow bacteria to pool and she is prone to UTIs (another very costly problem).

A couple weeks ago Summer started throwing up at least once a day.  We took her to the vet after a bland diet of chicken and rice did not help.  We did get some medicine to help with the vomiting but they also ran blood work.  When the results came back the next day, the results were not good.  Anything that related to her kidneys were extremely high.  They vet said she has kidney disease, possible failure.  Summer will be hospitalized 5/3/18 for IV fluids to try to flush the toxins from her kidneys.  If the results show a decrease, we can definitely do some things to extend her life.  We will have to inject fluids under her skin 3 times a week to keep her hydrated and flush the kidneys.  She will also have to take a phosphate binder, a special kidney diet, and an expensive medicine called Azodyle.  We are asking for any type of donation to help us keep our sweet Summer girl around a little longer.  We know she won't have a full life, but are hoping we can extend it for at least another two to three years, if not longer.  She is the sweetest girl ever and we want to give her the longest and most comfortable life she can have.
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It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I write this update. Summer's toxin levels increased even though we had her on fluids for two days. We had made the decision when we started that if her levels did not improve we would have to euthanize her. Last night we spend our last few precious minutes with her and stay with her while she went. It was one of the hardest decisions we have ever make but we could see it in her eyes that she was not well. I am going to miss her so much. I have never met a dog so loving. Thank you all for your support throughout this whole process. Without your support and generosity, we wouldn't have been able to try the second day of treatment. You help us get piece of mind that we did everything we could. Thank you all so much!

If there is any money left over after all the bills have been paid, we are going to make a charitable contribution in Summer's name.
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We are about to leave to see how Summer's second day of IV fluids went. We will keep everyone posted. Thank you all for supporting us through this tough time.
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Summer went through her first IV fluid round today. They ran her blood work again today before the IV and her levels came back twice as high as last week. Even so, she seemed a little higher in spirits today when we picked up. We were told she drank water today and did well. She has to go back tomorrow for more fluids. After we gave her some food she has been resting since.
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Took Summer in this morning for her IV fluids. It ended up only being for 10 hours not 24 like we thought. We were told there would be plenty of fluids running through her to flush out the toxins. Depending on the results we might have to take her back Saturday for another flush. Staying optimistic!
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$1,340 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 33 people in 9 months
Created May 1, 2018
Saving Summer
on behalf of Gabrielle McGinty
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