Give Toby a Chance at Life

For: CA Toby
Fremont, CA
Organizer: United Yorkie Rescue
Give Toby a Chance at Life (CA Toby)
$2,430
of $3,000 goal.
Raised by 36 donors
81% Complete

The Story

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.

http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/urinary/c_dg_hydronephrosis

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 27, 2017

Posted on July 27, 2017

Update 07/27/2016  Toby and I made the long trip to UC Davis Small Animal Veterinary last week.  The vets there were extremely thorough, I have nothing but praise for this organization.  With a change in his diet, and adding supplements, the vets felt confident we could treat the Fanconis.Syndrome, a disease of the tubules in the kidney that filter the good and bad stuff,  The other problem, his dilated left kidney and left ureter must be treated, if Toby is to expect any longevity of his life.   It is believed that his ureter is not connected properly to his bladder, called an ectopic ureter.  This can be corrected by surgery.  However, the estimate for this procedure, which would include special tests to determine the exact problem, and surgery to attach it, or if an obstruction is found, installing a stent, is very expensive.  The estimate is $1698-$3360.  United Yorkie Rescue wants to give this special little man his life back. He has been sick for so long.  We are committed to doing this, however we need help again.  Please consider making a donation for Toby to get his surgery.

Posted on June 27, 2017

Posted on June 27, 2017

6/27/17: Poor little Toby never gets a break. Our vet suggested seeing specialists at the UC Davis. The first available appointment is not until 7-19. This is a very famous veterinary college, and if anyone can help Toby, it will be them. My vet recommended we take him there, because we should have them look at all his medical records, and make a comprehensive analysis as to how to move forward with his care. My vet has indicated we cannot leave the left kidney and ureter untreated, as it will eventually affect the good kidney. So if we can’t afford to fix the left kidney, we most likely should have it removed. In order to fix the left kidney and ureter, a CT scan is required, and I have received a quote from another vet specialty that this test could be as low as $2000 and as high as $4000. And depending on what they find, surgery may be an option and I do not have any idea what that would cost.

We are dedicated to improving this little guy’s chance at a normal life. UC Davis is not a short distance from his foster mom, but she is determined to go the distance for him. Please, will you go the distance for Toby? Toby still needs your help. Your support will be so appreciated!


Posted on June 24, 2017

Posted on June 24, 2017

6/24/17 We finally have a diagnosis.  Poor little Toby has a very rare kidney disease called Fanconi's Syndrome.  It is our understanding that it can be managed with supplements and regular checkups with blood tests. Along with this, he also has a dilated left kidney and ureter. We have not received the information as to the long term affect of this condition.  Please keep our little man in your thoughts and prayers...he is going to need them.  If you could contribute towards his long term care, we would really appreciate it.

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