Tug's Medication Help Fund

$1,408 of $2,240 goal

Raised by 24 people in 14 months
Tug is my boy. He is family and I arguably love him more than anything else in the world. I would do anything for him.

 

I hate begging for charity. I’ve never done it before. But my dog Tug is nearing the end of his life and the medical conditions are stacking up. His quality of life is great, he isn’t suffering in the least so sending him on his journey is not even thinkable. But his mediaction expenses are getting very, very expensive. In addition to that are frequent Vet visits for testing, imaging, checkups, etc. He has Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Cushings and Sunday (12/4/16) he started to have seizures. He had two more this morning (12/6/16) and it was time to get him on medication. Which is really expensive and adds to what we already have going out for his other conditions. His new medication total is $560/mo. On top of $400-800/mo in office visits/testing it’s really stretching my wife and I thin. This time of year, with the business is always very thin anyway. And of course, because everything comes in threes we have shelled out thousands of dollars in the last 60 days on house expenses (not upgrades). Our wiggle room is at a minimum.

 

If you have $5-$10-$15……$100 that you can throw at Tug’s medication costs it would help out tremendously.

 

I put the goal at 4mo worth of meds. Hopefully Tug makes it longer than that but 4mo is the best guess for his life expectancy by the Vet and the Cardiologist. As much as I would like the little fella to be around forever the curtains are starting to come down. We’re trying to make his remaining time as comfortable and loving as possible.

 

Thank you for your consideration.

 

Jason, Vicki and Tug
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Mr. Tug Update

We got him started on his anti-seizure meds (Keppra 500mg) on Tuesday. The Vet gave him a intravenous dose while we were there then instructed us to pick up his Rx for it on the way home and give him one right away. Tug was a MESS all day. Labored breathing, completely “not there” and was even having a hard time controlling his bladder. When he walked he was an almost falling down drunk. Obviously, I was very worried. I called the Vet that evening and they said skip his evening dose of Keppra and get started again in the morning.

Wednesday morning, he got his morning dose at 6:00am. He was a zombie. Like a mental patient all whacked up on drugs drooling on themselves. He wasn’t “in the building”. His breathing wasn’t fantastic either. I was again, very worried. About 4:00pm he “came back” and was moving around a bit. This of course coincided with the morning dose of Keppra wearing off (12hr dose). I called the Vet again and asked them to call me in some Keppra 250mg (can’t break the 500’s in half because they’re time release) so I could play with a smaller dose on Thursday in hopes of getting Tug “back” and really more importantly getting his breathing right. Vicki (my wife) got home from work at 4:30pm and I headed off to the gym in an attempt to bleed some anxiety/stress off. When I got back from the gym about 6:15pm Tug was “all there”. It was a relief. To test what was going on with his breathing I got his ball down (I have to hide it) and played some inside the house ball. His breathing was fantastic. For the previous two days, he was having horrific coughing fits because of any exertion over “idle”. I was starting to get hopeful again. The next dose of Keppra was due at 8:00pm though. I gave him another 500mg tab to get him through the night (even though he would be a zombie) and not risk a seizure when it is possible we wouldn’t notice (even though we penned him in the bedroom and he’s on the bed half the night).

Thursday morning I started him on his new Keppra dose. It’s not timed release in the 250’s so they need to be every 8hrs. I cut the pills down so I could go 187.5mg/dose 3x/day for a total of 562.5mg for the day. Basically, half of what we had the day before. Obviously, the risk of seizure goes up, but he simply can’t live at 1000mg a day. And I had what I was hoping was an ace up my sleeve. More on that in a bit. It was a risk I was willing to play with. I had writing to do all day in the office so he was four feet from me the entire time. He was definitely wiped out on the half dose of Keppra, but not nearly as bad as the day before. He would at least acknowledge that you were talking to him and he would get up and move around every once in a while, on his own. I was still pretty bummed out though. At 2:00pm my “ace card” was delivered. I found this stuff called Canna-Pet which is a CBD pill. CBD is derived from hemp/marijuana. It doesn’t have any THC in it, so it won’t make you high. But the CBD’s are for the most part the medical portion of medical marijuana. I had read/heard how this can really help with seizures, pain, inflammation, elevated mood, etc. It also happened to be time for his 2:00pm dose of Keppra. So, I gave him his Keppra along with the Canna-Pet.

By 3:00 when Vicki got home from work he was “all there” and actually starting to “cause trouble” as we say around here. Fifteen minutes later when Vicki left for the gym he was in full blown “Trouble” mode. I got his ball out of hiding and wondering if we were going to have any breathing issues (horrible coughing) I threw it down the length of the house. He went after it with gusto and came back the same way. So, I kept throwing it, for fifteen minutes, which is his time limit because of his congestive heart condition (CHF) which his cardiologist set up. At the end of 15min he was still ready to rock. That wasn’t happening before the seizures/seizure meds! The Canna-Pet is astoundingly effective. At least on Tug it is. I had read great things about it, but I wasn’t expecting this sort of MASSIVE effect. For the rest of the evening he was be boppin around the house and obviously in good spirits. And this was all on a fresh dose of Keppra. When Vicki got back he was still primed to go so Vicki played “Mr. Squirrel” with him in the living room for a bit (it’s lower impact than ball). After the previous days of what certainly looked like we were going to have to decide between “zombie dog that has a hard time breathing” and sending him across the bridge I was obviously elated. The constant “gut punch” that I was feeling because of stress/anxiety for the previous couple of day finally backed down to livable levels. I’m still stressed, but at least now I can eat without force feeding myself and last night I actually slept.

As far as last night goes more “miracle” Canna-Pet effects. Tug went out to do his business at 10:00pm. Then went to bed. He slept all the way through to 6:00am this morning……………………….Which NEVER happens!!!!

So now I get to slowly drop his Keppra dose all the while watching out for the dreaded seizure. In theory, the Canna-Pet should be able to handle the seizures. And I absolutely need to get him off the Keppra. He obviously doesn’t like it. I did some reading yesterday and people, who can obviously communicate better than dogs by in large hate it with a passion. The side effects sound brutal.

So, there we are ladies and germs. Hope is back in the house and it’s starting to look like we may be able to make a quality life for Tug. Thank you very, very much for all of your support!

Jason-Vicki-Tug
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Raised by 24 people in 14 months
Created December 6, 2016
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$8
Anonymous
13 months ago
SJ
$15
Samuel Williams Jr
14 months ago
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So sorry your having to deal with this, take care. :(

$100
Anonymous
14 months ago
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MJ
$5
Mario Jean
14 months ago
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Wishing you the best Tug!

MC
$10
Monte Chappell
14 months ago
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Good luck to your little buddy.

PW
$25
Peggy White
14 months ago
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Sweetheart dog

MT
$25
Matt Titus
14 months ago
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Hope this helps my buddy tug!

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