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Save Knox the Wolfhound

$22,320 of $22,000 goal

Raised by 415 people in 1 month
Created April 23, 2019
Knox is our three-year-old Irish wolfhound who is in dire need of a Kidney Dialysis. He recently got sick for reasons currently unknown and has been hospitalized for a week. His calcium levels have been high for this week which has created a lot of stress on his kidneys, and now they are now failing. He is young and strong so the doctors believe that his kidneys will recover if he gets this dialysis, but we would need to it within the next 48 hours for him to survive. We have already paid for $10,000 in medical bills just to keep him stable in the hospital, and I will be putting the dialysis on my credit card while we try to raise some money. Anyone who has met Knox knows how important he is to us, and we are so close to saving him but we just need some help.  Please help us save our boy, we will be forever grateful.

Love,

Clayton and Carlye
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Hey everyone,

Just following up to add the we are not accepting anymore donations and are deactivating the page (I just found out that deactivation was an option, sorry I’ve never used gofundme).

As of our last appointment on Wednesday, we have spent 22264.72. As said in my last update, we still have to do several follow up appointments and procedures that will cost thousands.

Finally, here are some photos of Knox safe and sound at home! His Kidneys are still recovering so he is peeing and drinking tons of water, but he’s starting to act like his old self. It’s a blessing to wake up with him in our home every morning, and we will never forget the effort from all of you to save his life.

Love, Clayton and Carlye.
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Hi everyone,

We’ll start by saying again that we are in awe of this campaign’s success. We are forever thankful for every one of you. You saved Knox’s life.

Knox is finally home with us as of 5/2. We were thankfully able to avoid dialysis thanks to the remarkable and extensive treatment given to Knox by Access Hospital in Culver City. The diversion from dialysis was in not a decision based on finances, only the best interest of Knox. After Knox made a fortunate significant recovery on his own in the 24 hours before his dialysis, the kidney specialist who would have performed the dialysis deemed it “unnecessary.”

While Knox is finally home, the event has not fully concluded. He has been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, a gastrointestinal disease, and a unitary retention problem. All of these issues are intertwined and must be dealt with to get his kidneys functioning at a reasonable level. Our biggest focus right now is getting his kidney function as good as it can be, then choosing a course of life-long treatment to sustain their function for as long as possible. He is currently being medicated at home while returning to Access Animal Hospital for weekly checkups and testings.

In short, Knox is doing great but we are still spending funds on Knox’s treatment. We have already spent around $20,000, but still have some costly pending procedures such as an endoscopy and several intricate blood tests. Again, if there are any funds left over we will be donating them to a charitable organization to save dogs in need like Knox.

Love,

Clayton and Carlye
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Hey everyone, we are completely in awe of how supportive our friends, family, and people we’ve never met have been on this campaign. We are forever thankful.

This morning we transferred Knox from the VCA Animal Hospital to Access Animal Hospital where he would receive his dialysis. When we arrived, the kidney specialist who would perform the dialysis took a blood reading that showed a slightly lower kidney value than the previous day. So, the doctor does not want to rush into the dialysis because there is a slight chance that Knox may beat this with continued fluid treatment. We have no idea if the kidney levels will continue to decrease, especially since we do not know the cause of this issue. If they go back up at all, we will put him into dialysis immediately.

If we do not have to put him into dialysis, he will certainly need to stay in the critical care facility for an extended period of time while we try to get his numbers down. A Kidney’s creatinine levels need to be below 1.5 to be considered healthy, and his values have been fluctuating between 5 and 7 this week so we are a long way away from full stability (Kidney failure is considered anything over 5). We are also pending test results for parathyroid tumors, tick born diseases, and several other possible causes of this illness. Depending on the results, he may need surgery or other continued treatment.

When doctors brought up the possibility of dialysis and quoted us 19-22 thousand dollars, it simply wasn’t financially possible for us to pull off after already spending more than we could afford. But thanks to all of you, we now have that option. However, circumstances are changing everyday and we need to stay on our toes and make the right decisions for Knox. Because of these funds, we are now able to look past the financial limitations and simply do everything that the doctor suggests to save Knox. After speaking with the doctor, the continued treatment in the CCU, possible surgeries, or any other outcome may be a different amount of money, but it is likely to exceed the amount we have raised here. That said, we are continuing to accept funds and will keep everyone updated on the next steps towards saving Knox as they progress.

In the unlikely chance that there are any funds left once the treatment is over, we will gladly donate them to a charitable organization that will help other dogs in need. We always planned to have to pay a large amount of money ourselves, so Carlye and I would also donate additional funds to save other animals in need.

Love,

Clayton and Carlye
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Created April 23, 2019
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