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Renard's Leptospirosis Recovery

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Raised by 50 people in 4 months
UPDATE: He's still getting care in the hospital and the total cost for this care is up to $6,000 and rising

On October 15, 2017 my very happy and playful dog, Renard, showed symptoms of an upset stomach. He didn't eat that day so my parents and I took him to his regular veterinarian on Monday, where they treated him for dehydration and an upset stomach.  

It wasn't getting better by Thursday and he continued to throw up and decline any food but drank water. Once we got to the vet again, they took x-rays and noticed enlarged kidneys. Of course that was very concerning, so they did more blood work and testing.  They told us that it was possibly leptospirosis. They explained that his kidney levels were very high, he was in a lot of pain and going into kidney failure.




This was shocking and devastating to us because he's only 2 years old and the vaccine for lepto is not standard, it's optional. We had no idea that he hadn't been vaccinated for it, nor did any vet ever mention it to us since he was adopted by my family later on. This is a very, very serious and worrisome disease. It's spread when a person or animal is in contact with water or wet soil that has been contaminated with urine of an infected animal and I don't believe it's talked about enough.

Currently Renard is at a 24-hour care pet hospital getting constant fluid therapy treatments and other care. This is around $1200 a day, and we have no idea when or if he'll be able to come home. I know he's a fighter, and he's a young dog so we're hoping for recovery from this terrible disease.


Please donate anything if you're able to, Renard and I appreciate any help you're willing to offer. Share with anyone, spread the word about his struggle and this disease that's becoming more and more common.

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1/15/2018

Here's an update and overview on Renard!

His kidney levels have greatly improved since October
When we started his CREA was 15, his BUN was around 125 and his PHOS was also abnormally high.

Now his CREA is 2.4, his BUN is a normal 25, and his PHOS has stayed normal since he was discharged from the ICU.

The normal numbers for CREA is around 1 and sometimes up to 1.6 for much larger dogs so it's still not in a normal range yet but we're hoping it continues to lower.

As for the subq. fluids, we started at twice a day which was tough on Renard and on me. I really dislike anything to do with needles so the though of having to poke him twice daily was not fun, especially not fun for Renard who absolutely hated it by the 3rd week.

Since his numbers have been stabilizing we are now down to fluids only twice a week! Very exciting news :)

He also has switched to a strict renal support prescription only diet which he will most likely stay on for the rest of his life. He can still be picky with it sometimes but lately he's been easily eating 2 cups twice a day.

As for his vet bills, while they have come down A LOT, I still pay around $250 per-month for his blood work and fluids on top of the $4,000 I still owe for the ICU. I'm forever thankful for everyone who has donated, and if you know me well, then you know I hate asking for money. I'm amazed at all the help I have received and if you can I would appreciate it if people continued to share his fund.

Thank you!

Britt & Renard

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1/15/2018

Since October, when Renard was hospitalized, I've been contacted by 8 other people who's dogs have been battling Leptospirosis. I still find it interesting that this terrifying and easily transmitted infection isn't talked about more. Everyone who has contacted me has said that they had NO idea that this was even a possibility, especially the people who live in less humid and moist climates or urban areas. I've had people from California, Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan, Arizona, and the UK, reach out to either ask me about Renard's recovery process or to give me positive thoughts about how their dog survived.

I'm still surprised at the amount of strangers who have messaged me about this, because we were told that Lepto is very rare. I've consoled people I've never met over the phone, had people console me because of this scary and unpredictable disease. I just hope that there's more research and awareness about Leptospirosis in the near future, before it becomes more and more common. I wouldn't want any animal to go through the pain of it.



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He's still getting care in the hospital and the total cost for this care is up to $6,000 and rising. Please continue to share <3
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Renard was very responsive and awake last night. He really wanted to come home with us and we even got to take him outside for a bit.

He finally ate something after 8 days! We're hoping the progress continues and he eats a full meal so we can bring him back home. He's still getting fluid therapy until his kidney values lower to a more normal level or he plateaus.

Please continue to share his story and keep him in your thoughts. <3
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