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Puppy's Radiation Treatment

$650 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 7 people in 34 months
"Puppy" (her real name is Toriko but we've always called her Puppy), is a seven year old Shiba Inu, a semi-rare Japanese breed of dog. She's the friendliest dog--she's the only dog I've ever known who actually WANTS to go in the back at the vet's office to see all the vets and assistants! She's been the unofficial mascot at conventions and we take her everywhere. Even more important, she provides love and comfort in times of stress and anxiety.

Just last month we found a lump on Puppy's gumline, next to one of her molars. It was diagnosed as an "acanthomatous epulis", or a bone-based gum tumor, that can be very aggressive and can eventually close off a dog's airways because it grows so fast. The good news is that it is benign, not maligmant, so it won't spread to other parts of the dog's body. But because it was so aggressive, we had to treat Puppy immediately.

Two weeks ago, Puppy underwent radiation therapy, which cost a total of $10,000.00. She's our baby, and we couldn't imagine giving her up when it was something treatable, with a high rate of success.

If that wasn't bad enough, a week ago I was laid off from my job. So now I'm left with a huge credit card balance for her medical bills that I can't pay off. I would appreciate any help!  More pictures of Puppy to come as she recovers. She's been feeling a little down lately and having some pain, so we're spoiling her with soft canned dog food.
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I know it's been a while since I've posted an update.

For most of 2016, things were going pretty well--I was working a new job, and other than a tooth that had to be removed, Puppy has been doing well also. They did find a touch of cancerous material under the tooth that was removed, but since then, there have been no signs of any new tumors. We also had to remove a couple fatty growths from Puppy's abdomen, the most recent being last month.

Other news--Puppy is now an official Support Animal! She has her letter, and can do air travel and stay in any hotel.

But sadly, I was laid off from work again, and the credit card is still monstrously high with all the medical expenses. I'd really appreciate any help. Even five bucks can make a difference.

Thank you to everyone who has given support so far, whether through dollars or words of encouragement. It means a lot.
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Some not so great news today. Puppy had to go in for a dental surgery. The radiation that treated her tumor unfortunately also killed the tooth that was nearby, and she had an abscess. In addition, they want to do a biopsy of the inflamed tissue, to make sure the tumor is not returning.

Yes, this means more money.

On the bright side, Toriko just turned 8 years old in January!!
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Puppy is beginning to act like her old self again! She's been wanting to play, grabbing her toys and bringing them up so that we can throw them for her. She's eating better as well. She had her follow-up appointment on Monday. The doctor said the tumor has not disappeared entirely, so we'll have to keep a close eye on it. If it starts to grow again, she will again need surgery or radiation therapy.

Thank you to all who have helped so far! Every bit helps, even $5.00, or a Share on Facebook or a Tweet. We're so grateful.

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Hey, just a quick update. Puppy is still moving a little slower, but I think her pain is better. I just love this picture, so I'm including it. Puppy loves sleeping in the covers with her head on a pillow, just like a person. Share the love! Even if you can't donate, please "Like," Tweet, or share on Facebook. Thanks for all your support!
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$650 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 7 people in 34 months
Created October 5, 2015
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Rachel Wray
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I hope this helps! Hugs. x

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Cynthia Turner
34 months ago
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Sending puppy love and a heathy recovery!

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