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Help reverse Poppy’s kidney damage

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Raised by 31 people in 6 months
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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Well, it’s not great news. Poppy’s creatinine held out at 2.9 after her IV fluids, but it recently shot up to 4.2 . I did two more days of “day camp”- Poppy hanging out at the vet for 8 or 9 hours receiving IV fluids. The vet team has been amazing in helping me care for Poppy, but we’ve reached the extent of what they can do.

I live near a veterinary school, but if I took Poppy there, they would likely run more tests (like a kidney ultrasound) and put her on immunosuppressives. My vet estimated this course of treatment would run at least $1,000 to 2,000, but could be upwards of $4,000. There is no possible way that I can save or make enough money to get Poppy treated quickly. I am single, still paying off student loans (income-based), and already working full time and doing contract work to afford the treatments we’ve already had. Please help me help her!
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Poppy seems to be doing much better after her last trip to the vet. Her port was clogged and possibly infected, so the vet broke up the gunk and injected the tube with a long-lasting antibiotic. We went from 30ml causing extreme pain to over 200ml in a few increments with massage in between. Otherwise, she’s been very naughty the past few days. Usual Poppy!
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Let’s talk finances! I want to be transparent about what the money is going towards for Poppy. So far, Poppy has had diagnostic testing, surgery to install a port, and other vet check-ups while the port was new to keep it running, and a recent vet visit to tame an infection, in addition to all the fluids. Basically each month is a new cost- Feb. was diagnosis, March was surgery, April was surgery complications, and May was more complications and special boarding while I was out of town for work. The vet has been exceptional in providing lots of extra care at reduced (or free!) prices, some free specialized kidney food, contacting the state vet school to make sure we’re getting the best treatment, and helping me purchase all the crazy equipment I need now (bags of fluid, iv kits for every fluid administration, disinfectant, port caps, syringes, needles, antibiotics, anti-nausea pills, etc.). Even with such great friends/donors/friend-donors, I’ve spent about $4200 at the vet since January. I’ve cut my grocery shopping way down, stopped buying food and drinks at work (ok, not totally, but I tried really hard!! Only for energy emergencies, and only plain coffee, no lattes), and cancelled memberships and services that were just too expensive. I’m in the process of trying to find some extra contract work or other crafty sales endeavor, since a regular 2nd job would be very difficult for me healthwise (thanks, lupus!). I wanted to tell you all this so you know 1. how much I appreciate each and every dollar you’ve donated and 2. I am doing my best to care for Poppy ( with the exception of going to vet school and doing my own treatments). Thank you so much! Here’s hoping the summer is easier for Poppy (and my wallet).
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I went from almost crying to almost crying within 30 minutes today. I got out of work early, walked Poppy, and sat down to start her fluids. I had some trouble last time, but I had gotten most of the fluids into her neck before I worried about it being too tight. I hooked up her port line and unclamped it. Nothing. I squeezed the bag. Drip drip nothing. I tried as hard as I could three times and I maybe got 20 drops into her. I called the vet and fortunately they had a last minute appointment. I almost started crying on the way there because I was convinced we were going to have to pull the port. It barely worked last week, and now it’s kaput. The vet is on vacation and no one will be able to fix it and we’ll have to have surgery again to remove it. I held it together long enough to get into the office. Basically all of the vet techs know Poppy, but the port is still pretty new to everyone. THIS VET TECH IS A MIRACLE WORKER. Ok, perhaps not, but that’s what it felt like. As soon as the first syringe of fluid went in and filled up the tube in her back, I wanted to cry again. I went from sick with anxiety to this crazy sense of alleviation. I was shocked. We got a full dose of fluid in! The port works! It’s going to be a lot of work still- massages and hot packs, using a syringe to start fluids, using a line to keep them flowing when Poppy gets impatient. For now, I am riding the high of this exciting day!
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