Help service dog Bucky & friend Mal survive poisoning

For: Kara Braden/Jordan Brock
Goodyear, AZ
Organizer: Kara Braden/Jordan Brock
Help service dog Bucky & friend Mal survive poisoning (Kara Braden/Jordan Brock)
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The Story

Rimadyl is a tasty chewable anti-inflammatory we use to treat my senior service dog's arthritis. Last night, my baby service dog, Bucky, swiped a full bottle of Rimadyl off the counter, took it into the backyard, chewed it open, and shared them with our black lab, Mal.

Rimadyl poisoning causes ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding, kidney failure, and death. Even though I got them to the emergency vet hospital within two hours of ingestion, inducing vomiting only brought up 10 tablets in Bucky and even fewer in Mal. The half-life of Rimadyl is 48 hours, which means they need two full days of inpatient care, especially high-fluid IVs to keep flushing their kidneys. They also need periodic blood gas analyses to monitor how their kidneys are doing throughout the day.

The good news is, they're both young, healthy, and large -- 77 and 91 pounds. The bad news is, we've already paid $65 to the ASPCA poison control hotline and over $1800 to the emergency vet for the initial exam and twelve hours of care.

Continued hospitalization through Monday will be another $1600 per dog. Their total hospital bill will be around $5000.

I'm waiting to find out if I can transfer Bucky and Mal to the family vet for daytime care, but I'll have to bring them back to the emergency vet for overnight care. The emergency vet is working with me, offering a military discount and doing absolutely no optional blood tests, but this is still going to be extremely expensive.

This all has come at the worst possible time in my life. I have no savings, and Bucky's last emergency hospitalization in January ate into our emergency fund. If you're a romance lover, maybe you met Bucky at RT17 in Atlanta, so you know how critical he is to me. He's been in training to help me with my PTSD for just over a year now, and even though he seems determined to eat everything possible that's bad for him, he's changed my life for the better, and Mal is his best friend.

Anything you can share will help. Thank you so much.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 23, 2017

Posted on May 23, 2017

Thank you everyone! With a generous offline donation, we've paid the hospital bill and the vet bills that we'll need for follow-ups. Bucky, Mal, and I really appreciate all of your help.

Posted on May 23, 2017

Posted on May 23, 2017

After some wrangling with Youcaring, Paypal, and finally banks, a generous donor has made a private contribution. Thank you!

I've adjusted the goal to reflect this donation as well as additional vet bills for Bucky. I'm going to have to take him to the vet tomorrow to get the raw skin on his legs treated. This may lead to another stint with the Cone of Shame. (If you were around for his neutering/abdominal surgery, you know what a disaster that was!) I also may need professional help to groom him, so I'm going to talk to the groomer at the vet as well.

Thank you all again! Now that Mal's back home, his digestive issues are all but cleared up and Bucky is... well, not happy but at least less growly.

Posted on May 22, 2017

Posted on May 22, 2017

Thank you all! Bucky and Mal are home and doing much better.

Bucky pulled out three IVs over the weekend, so his legs are shaved in four different places. He's licked one leg raw because of stress, but it's not infected or anything. Hopefully it'll clear up now that he's home.

Mal's got a bit of digestive upset. I'm sure he'll do better now that he's home where he feels safe.

They've goth got a 10-day course of multiple medications -- sucralfate 2x/day, Prilosec 1x/day, and probiotics for Mal. Then they both get a follow-up. I also renewed Darian's prescription for Rimadyl, which I'll be keeping in a cupboard that Bucky can't open! I also had to get them some bland food for the next ten days before we can transition back to their usual diet.

Again, thank you all so much for your generosity, caring, and good wishes. We're on the road to recovery!

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