Oskar Blue

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Raised by 46 people in 38 months
My wonderful cousin Josh gifted us the sweetest little great dane boy puppy after the loss of our 13 yr old lab mix, Emma. We were all sad and missing her and this new little baby was exactly what we needed. Josh and Regina have our puppy's brother. The two have so much fun when they get together.  Brothers from the same mother.
We named him Oskar Blue. First because I love the name Oskar that Jay came up with. And two because his mom Luna is a blue. He is the most cuddly and gentle puppy. The boys love him so much and he loves them. Finn calls him 'Oksa......Come on Oksa, come with me Oksa.' The two of them together is the cutest thing ever.
The last couple of weeks his run has changed and he is more clumsy and goofy than his normal self. So we took him to our awesome vet, Dr Heins with Two Rivers Animal Hospital and then an amazing neurologist,  Dr. Glass at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital today. He has what is under the broad title of 'Wobbler syndrome/disease.' It is a neurological disorder that without treatment will cause paralysis. The MRI to decipher how/where Oskar's cervical spine is diseased is $3500. Then surgery  will be an additional $4000-$5000. As well as therapy.

  We are not in a position to afford any of this. We only have a few days to make a decision because within a couple of weeks the disease will progress to a debilitating stage.
I feel strange asking like this, but we are desperate. He is just a baby. Our little gentle giant. He will be seven months old on March 2nd.  I will do whatever it takes to get him help so he can continue to be a part of our family. We love him so much.  Thank you for reading.
**If you know of any resources that assist with veterinary care, please message me. I am exploring all options to save his life. Feel free to share**
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Hi! I am a bit late with an update as everything sinks in. On March 11th, Oskar had an MRI at UPenn in Philadelphia. He had a neurological exam first and won over the entire staff at the hospital. People were coming in to his exam room just to meet our gentle giant. He passed some of the tests but failed others. So onto the MRI. His results confirmed Wobblers disease. Oskar has compression at C5 and C6 in his cervical spine with C4 also being effected. We had decisions to make. Surgery could be done as soon as the following Thursday. It would be at least $7000 . The money is not what we focused on though. The surgery is intense with a very long recovery. And with that, Oskar's condition could worsen by doing surgery. And whether we did or did not do it, Oskar's life expectancy is 3 to 4 years. There are so many unknowns. But what we do know is that we all love him so much and will do whatever it takes to make sure that he has the best life he can while he is with us. After speaking with the neurologist and our regular vet, we have decided to NOT do surgery. We will be doing therapies and steroids when necessary. Accupuncture and water therapy are on the list of things to do. We have already begun to add different natural items to his food to help with inflammation. (Tumeric, coconut oil ). Thank you for your help and support in this journey we are on with Oskar. From financial contributions that helped us get the answers we needed from the MRI, emails with information regarding other sites and numbers to contact for assistance, and private messages/phone calls supporting us and Oskar. Everyone has been so wonderful. This fight for us is not over. We are not giving up, just doing what is best for Oskar to live his life to its full potential. I will continue to update on Oskar. Thank you all so much! ♡♡♡
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Update - Thanks to your amazing contributions, Oskar has an MRI scheduled at UPenn in Philly. With those results we will see where to go from there. There are two surgery options. The results will let us know which one he is eligible for depending on the location of the disease. We have unfortunately been turned down by multiple groups toward veterinary assistance to help with the cost of surgery. So one day at a time and we will figure it out!! Getting the MRI will be very helpful to see how we move forward in the hopes of saving Oskar!! Thank you all so much! Please continue to share.
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I am so grateful to everyone for your contributions, kind words, messages, and links to resources. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Your kindness is overwhelming.
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Thank you so much everyone for your generous donations. And for the messages directing me toward different resources. Yesterday and today are my 'research days.' After that we are moving forward to see what we can do to save our sweet boy. Thanks again and please continue sharing!
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Created February 22, 2016
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