WHAT WE CAN DO FOR DONATIONS:
- Photo Retouch
- Photo Editing
- General Photoshop Work
- Almost anything for our boy.
WHAT THIS FUNDRAISER IS FOR:
This fundraiser is for Snickers' long term medical expenses. He will not be getting surgery since our window for a succesful surgery is closing. We will be giving him crate therapy with close supervision from his vet, and will most likely need a good long term wheelchair for him. We will also continue the regular check ups for bloodwork and urinalysis to check for any infections caused by his weakened immune system due to the steroids.
Thank you! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!
Most recent updates are at the top.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Snickers' says he wants a go at keeping up a blog. I looked at him funny, realized I was talking to my dog and thought I was crazy, but he insisted. So here he goes:
Today is the first day I've been able to collect my thoughts since I became a king. Wait... Let me back up and tell you the story. On Tuesday, I woke up and my mommy and daddy decided to take me to a nice lady. It was such short notice and I didn't get a chance to get ready for my date so I showed up with bed head. So I didn't really know what was going on, but they were saying things like surgery, euthanasia, medicine, and something about my spine. Who the heck knows what that was about? I was having fun barking at the other doggies and trying to crawl around the room. Mommy and daddy looked really concerned. They even cried.
Well they took me home after talking to the nice lady and guess what?! Mommy stayed at home with me all day. We cuddled on the floor on a comfortor, she gave me water when I was thirsty, she talked to me all day. I didn't even have to lift a paw! I was starting to feel like a king. And then it hit me! Mommy and daddy were concerned about taking on the responsibility taking care of a king.
All of my friends on reddit and facebook were very supportive of my new found royalty. I was getting so much attention I didn't know what to do with myself, so I did what any new king would do; I took a nap.
That night I got my royal suite (mommy and daddy call it a kennel, but whatever) and the next day I got a memory foam mattress, and some gifts bought with some of the fundraiser money (thank you!). I don't even have to leave my room to get water. Oh! I don't even need to potty for myself now. Mommy and daddy do it for me. How awesome is that?
Yesterday mommy and daddy told me that I wouldn't be getting this surgery thing they were talking about. I thought it was better anyway because that meant I'd have to leave my royal suite. This morning I was treated for another surprise. I got to go on a trip that mommy and daddy say I'll be taking every weekday for the next couple of months. I got to go to work with daddy. My daddy manages part of the store, but I got to manage the grooming area. I held down the fort pretty well... I mean, a king's gotta have that kind of ability or else he wouldn't be a king, right? Here's me on the way home: http://imgur.com/4tstO
So mommy and daddy say that I have something called IVDD. I thought about it for a while and figured out it probably means Incredibly Valiant & Dashing Dog... Or something like that. They say it has something to do with my back, but I think I'll do some more reading about it in the next few days. They say I might even need a "wheelchair" one day. Sounds to me more like a mobile throne.
Well, I'm getting ready to take my muscle relaxer, but I consider it my royal glass of wine. Then I'll go back to sleep and start the day over tomorrow.
Before I go, I just want to give a big thanks to all my supporters!
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Sadly, some not so good news. Snickers went to Dr. Sheets this morning. He confirmed that unfortunately, Snickers does not have Deep Tissue Pain sensation like I had originally thought. :(
He also said that he no longer does the type of surgery that Snickers needs (decompression surgery) and that there is a slight chance that the surgery would help. He recommended the same neurosurgeon that was recommended to me yesterday in Mansfield. He also didn't charge me for the visit. If you live near the Grand Prairie area, please try out Dr. Sheets (972-262-2684). He's much more affordable than most and he's amazing!
I called the neurosurgeon's office and they are more than willing to take pledges and credit card information for the surgery without charging the cards until we reach our goal, but they told me that with the MRI and everything, we would have to raise $5500 up front. Considering that the window to have a successful surgery is closing, I don't think the we can consider that an option any longer.
That being said, I contacted Snickers' vet again (at Countryside Animal Medical Clinic) and spoke with another doctor since ours wasn't in today. I spoke with her about how to tell if Snickers is in pain (and he's fortunately not exhibiting any symptoms of pain), how often we should take him for a check up, and what we would need to expect for long term care.
Since Snickers doesn't seem to be in pain or suffering, I have found that there is a lot of hope in the 8 week crate therapy program with steroids. Snickers will most likely not regain function of his rear body, but there is hope that he'll regain some. There is still the possibility that he will regain full function of his bowels and bladder. Currently we are manually expressing his bladder and colon; it's surprisingly easy.
After doing the crate therapy (and possibly accupuncture as some dachshund owners have recommended to me) if Snicker's hasn't regained movement, we will be purchasing a "long term" quality doggie wheel chair like this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCGygmpVRNg&feature=fvwrel
We will be meeting with his vet again at some point next week to discuss his recovery plan, and to get a better idea of the costs related to his recovery. In addition to that, Lisa from the clinic will be speaking to the owner to see what we could work out for donations for Snickers' medical care if it's too much for us. Understandingly, they are concerned about taking payments over the phone due to credit card fraud.
As you all probably know, I really don't want to take donations for free. I will work for my donations so please, if you donate, let me do some work for you.
Additionally, I am considering looking at the possibility of starting an organization that will help actively teach all dachshunds owners about the dangers of IVDD and how to handle it if it happens to their dogs, along with creating a fund for families unable to afford care and cannot qualify for financing. I wouldn't even know where to start with that, but it's just an idea for the future when we're ready.
Ultimately, I believe that if we can provide Snickers a happy life without pain, we will fight for his recovery even if our daily lives our inconvenienced a bit.
I will continue to keep everyone updated. Thank you!
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 (Please read the most recent updates at the top.)
Will Photoshop For My Dog's Life:
This is the original Reddit post: http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/vmv4n/my_wiener_dog_woke_up_this_morning_and_couldnt/
My dachshund woke up this morning and couldn't walk. We panicked and took him to the vet. They suspect a ruptured disc in his back and have told us that our only option is surgery. They don't believe steroids will work due to the rapid progression. The only other option is euthanasia, but he's an otherwise healthy boy. He has no feeling in the lower half of his body from his mid back onward.
We have $700 in savings but the surgery is estimated to be within $2500 - $4500 depending on the severity of it once they open him up. Unfortunately, we did not qualify for CareCredit.
Here are pics of our boy: http://imgur.com/a/ax7eE
This is him monitoring the thread on r/AskReddit: http://imgur.com/bwpkN
This is him taking a nap after reading all the comments on the thread: http://imgur.com/a0MOU
After doing some research and rolling everything the vet told us this morning through my head, this is what I've gathered:
- If the steroids help and he is no longer paralyzed, this is the best case scenario, however this will almost definitely happen again.
- If the steroids don't help and he is in pain, the surgery or euthanasia are the only options.
- If the steroids don't help and he remains paralyzed but is not in pain, a wheel chair is the only option.
- If he remains paralyzed, he may or may not be able to control his potty times. This wouldn't be much of an issue for us since we're always with him when he's not crated, but we would need to help him do his deeds with the worst case scenario.
- If he's paralyzed without pain, he would look awesomely adorable in a wheelchair. (at least I'm looking at the bright side, right?)
It's almost 11pm and Snickers still shows no signs of pain. Unfortunately, he is still unable to go potty on his own. Using YouTube videos, we learned how to express his bladder and his colon. Definitely a new experience for us, and a little stinky, but my derpy Snickers had a smile on his face the entire time. I'm thinking he likes being pampered.
By request, I will be calling his vet tomorrow to see if I can set up a fundraiser through the vet's office.