5/26/17 My name is Toby, and I am a young guy, under 2 years old. I used to have a home and a Mommy I adored, and she adored me. When I was very young, she took me everywhere with her, even on planes! We had so much fun together. Now that is just a distant memory for me. I miss those good times so much. You see, something started happening to me when I was about 7 months old. I lost my energy. I started to drink excessive amounts of water and of course, peeing excessively. I became shaky when I tried to walk. My Mommy took me to several doctors, but no one was able to fix me. I heard them mention a liver shunt, but a test was done which ruled this out. Since my Mommy did not know what to do, and I was getting sicker and sicker, she decided to surrender me to United Yorkie Rescue. She felt they would be able to help me, and she wanted nothing but the best for me.
From Toby's Foster Mom. Immediately upon getting Toby, I rushed him to my vet to be blood and urinalysis tests done. He was found to have a severe urinary track infection which was causing the excessive drinking and peeing. It was also found that his thyroid levels were off. He was prescribed antibiotics, thyroid medication, and placed on a kidney support diet. He began to improve. Not drinking as much water, not peeing so much. He still spent most of his time in his bed, but I thought that he had been sick for so long, it would take some time to bring him back to normal. A retest of the blood and urine found him to be free of infection, and his thyroid levels were much better and a recheck was scheduled in 2 months. However, Toby has not regained his strength. He is still wobbly when he walks. He still never leaves his bed, other than to potty and eat. Something is still wrong!
Since my vet had done all they could do, a specialist has been consulted. An ultrasound was performed which showed his left kidney and ureter are distended. We still do not have a diagnosis as to what is causing this. We know, though, that we need to proceed and figure this out, as the health of Toby’s left kidney is in danger. His current vetting is $1705. More tests are required to obtain a diagnosis. Please, can you help Toby? Your donation could help save Toby’s kidney. He is young, still a puppy, who may have a chance at a bright future, if we can get a diagnosis. We are concerned there may be more than one cause of Toby's pain and lethargy...but the kidneys are the first step in uncovering a full diagnosis.