SPARKY is sick and needs your help!

For: SPARKY - Waggin' Trails Rescue Foundation
Organizer: Suzanne Artemoff
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Hello!

We need your help - actually, Sparky needs your help.  Waggin' Trails Rescue Foundation and the San Francisco Chihuahua Meetup were asked to help Sparky, a tiny lovable little Chihuahua with minor health issues. He had twice been adopted and twice returned because of his health. The little guy was heartbroken after the last family returned him to the shelter. We quickly said yes to helping out Sparky and picked him on on Monday 1/13/14. 

In less than 24 hours, Sparky’s minor health issues had quickly escalated to life-threatening. Sparky was in critical condition and admitted to ER. Vomiting blood and unable to breathe, Sparky landed in ICU. The excellent work of the vets at both Irving Pet Hospital and Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital literally saved his life! Sparky required oxygen treatment, blood transfusions, an ultrasound, and much more loving yet very costly vet care.

Sparky is back home and being carefully monitored by his loving foster family.  He has had more tests to help identify the cause, and needs to go to UC Davis next week (Wed 1/22) for another very important test. So far we know he has PLE (protein losing entreropathy), anemia, and hypoproteinemia (low blood protein), which are indications of an undetermined condition that could be a liver shunt or possibly liver disease. Why he's so sick is still a mystery, but once we know, we can treat Sparky effectively! 

PLEASE help Waggin' Trails Rescue Foundation with the vet bills we have incurred saving this adorable little guy! Sparky really is counting on all of us to help him live. He might be just 4lbs but he has the fighting spirit of a giant!

Waggin' Trails Rescue Foundation (www.waggintrails.org) is a registered 501c3 non-profit (FEIN #46-0896202), and donations are tax-deductible. Please note in paypal "FOR SPARKY"! 

Please also visit his facebook page at www.facebook.com/helpsavesparky.  THANK YOU!

P.S. You'll notice that your donation is going to Ingrid Campagne - she is the founder of Waggin' Trails!

 

Updates

02/04/2014
by Suzanne Artemoff
Thank you all soooo much for your donations and continued support of Sparky. His appetite is still good and he hasn't had any throwing up incidents in a few weeks. However, he does now have kennel cough and when it seemed like it was getting worse this past week, his foster mom Sun took him into the vet to make sure it hadn't turned into pneumonia. The vet did a chest xray and found that although he didn't have pneumonia (phew!) he did have some bronchial inflamation that was like bronchitis. We are going to wait until he's better before we put him through any more test. The xray also showed that his liver looks normal sized, which gives us hope that maybe he doesn't have a liver shunt afterall as dogs with liver shunts typically have undersized livers. While we wait for him to heal, he continues to get amazing low protein homemade human grade food, some exercise, and lots of love and cuddles from his foster family. So we're kind of in a holding pattern here - hoping for the best, and hoping his little body heals and gains some weight! Please continue to send Sparky your postitive thoughts and healing vibes!

01/30/2014
by Suzanne Artemoff
Sparky was taken to the vet yesterday because he had a persistent cough. lthough he'd been vaccinated and was on Clavamox for the last 10 days, it seems he has kennel cough. I guess his immune-compromised body just couldn't fight it off. Now he is on another round of antibiotics (Vibramycin), and the visit, along with the meds and vitamin B12 shot cost $112. And he still needs another blood test done (about $100) and hopefully, if we get his blood disorder under control, his liver shunt test (about $500-600). So as you can see, Sparky still needs continuing care, tests, and various supplements and meds, so please, even if it's $5, consider donating to his medical fund so we can pay everyone back who has paid out of pocket for his vet bills. And if you can't donate, please share his story!

Otherwise, Sparky continues to be as cute as ever, and to have a good appetite and energy. He thanks you from the bottom of his huge heart for your love and support!


01/25/2014
by Suzanne Artemoff
We got the results from the tick-borne disease test from UC Davis today and it was negative, meaning that a tick-borne disease is not the cause of his blood disorder. In a way, I was hoping it would be positive because, of the three blood disorders that the vets think he could possibly have (and then add to that a possible liver shunt), this issue seemed the least serious and had the best chance at treatment. If Sparky also has a liver shunt and needs surgery, and if he has a bleeding disorder that can't be treated, he could bleed out during the surgery, but because of this blood disorder, we can't even perform the liver shunt test without fear of him also bleeding and not being able to stop.

So next on the agenda is a test for "von Willebrand's Disease" (http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/cardiovascular/c_dg_von_willebrand_disease). When I was at UC Davis with Sparky on Wednesday, they wanted to test for this but could only get enough blood out of him for the tick-borne disease test. He's very small, and he's anemic, and during the first blood draw, he developed some bruising.

The good news is that Sparky's appetite has really picked up so we are feeding him a little more than his daily intake for his size/weight would normally be in hopes that he will gain some weight back. He was too skinny to begin with and has lost more weight during this past week and half since his trip to the ER. He is back with his foster mom Sun and her husband, two human daughters and two furry daughters (I took over this past week due to a family emergency) and he is, fingers crossed, continuing to do OK. He did vomit once yesterday, but luckily there was no blood and he felt noticibly better after he got everything out of his system :). I was very happy he didn't have to go to the ER again!

So we feed him good food, give him lots of love, and pour healing vibes and light over his body in hopes that he continues to thrive. Please keep doing the same for little Sparky, whose spark and zest for life is pure joy to be around, and something I would miss very much if he leaves us. And please keep sharing his story.  We, especially Sparky, thank you for your generous donations. ~ Suzanne

01/22/2014
by Suzanne Artemoff

SPARKY UPDATE! Sparky was supposed to be at UC Davis till Friday, but he is back home with me. He went there today for a scintigraphy (essentially an enema where they shoot nuclear isotopes up his woohoo) to test if he has a liver shunt, but first they had to run some prelim blood coagulation tests that, if he didn't pass, would preclude them from being able to do the liver shunt test. Unfortunately, he didn't pass, and because of other test results and symptoms from this past week, they think that Sparky has a either a congenital blood disorder (such as von Willebrands), a tick borne disease (potentially treatable, but less likely), or some other clotting disorder that is very difficult to treat. They were able to get a blood sample to test for the tick borne disease, but not enough to test for von Willebrand so we will get that tested here soon. Based on the results of the bile acids test, Dr. Zhu at UCD said it's likely that he also may have a shunt (bile acid tests don't have anything to do with the blood disorder), but even if he does have a shunt, it can't be treated surgically until they know for sure if he has a clotting disorder and what's causing it, so he is on special diet for now.

I can tell he is feeling better though - he has a great appetite (ate 3 meals today and yesterday and had some amazing poops! I even took pictures!!), his energy is good (playing with me and Yogi, chewing on some toys, walking very enthusiastically and saying hi to everyone he meets) and he even barked today for the FIRST TIME since we rescued him! He was an amazing patient, everyone loved him and he even got to cuddle for a half hour with a resident while they waited for his tests to come back. He made many friends in the waiting room and people were saying how well behaved my chihuahuas were (they aren't all yappy ankle-biters, ya know!). Please continue to send healing thoughts to Sparky - we still don't know exactly what is wrong with him, but we are chipping away at it little by little. Thank you to all who have donated and shared, I know he feels your love and support. Please continue to help little Sparky if you can. THANK YOU!!! ~ Suzanne



01/21/2014
by Suzanne Artemoff
It seems like Sparky is doing a little better every day - his appetite is really good, he's gained a few ounces (up to 4.4 lbs!), he hasn't thrown up, he's even playing with toys and dancing around! Tomorrow, Wed 1/21, Sparky has an appointment at UC Davis Small Animal Clinic where they hope to perfrom a scintigraphy which will help them determine if he has a liver shunt. However, doing that test is contingent on whether he passes another blood test. Please think good healing thoughts for Sparky - he could use some good news right now! And although we've gotten some great donations (THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH EVERYONE!! SPARKY IS SO EXCITED!!) we are still short, and after tomorrow, we may have even more bills. Please consider a donation, none is too small, and please share with your friends and family. 

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