“A dog doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he’ll give you his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary?” – John Grogan.
Biscuit is an 8-year-old male Maltese. He provides me with unconditional love everyday and reminds me that this is how everyone should feel loved all the time. The past couple of weeks I noticed that Biscuit is gaining a lot of weight. He has been vomiting and having diarrhea with traces of blood. He has been having trouble breathing, running around, and even laying flat on his stomach. If I slightly try to pet his stomach he cries. I can’t even pick him up to carry him up and down the stairs. He usually always has a smile on his face no matter what, but lately he hasn’t been acting like his normal self due to all the pain his stomach is causing him. My hearts break to see him suffer like this.
After a visit to the Vet, he was diagnosed with a progressive Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). “IBD” is a condition where the intestines become less efficient at absorbing nutrients from the digested food. He also has Protein Losing Enteropathy (PLE), which affects the ability for him to function fully due to trouble breathing. The form of (PLE) that Biscuit has is “lymphangiectasia”. “Lymphangiectasia” is the loss of protein into to bowel caused by loss in fluid from the circulation into the abdomen, chest and limbs.
Biscuit is required to go to the Vet weekly to get his lungs drained. This weekly procedure costs $500 per visit. It is $200 for the sonogram, $200 for blood work and $100 to drain the fluid from his lungs. He is also supposed to be on Prednisone ($118) and Metronidazole ($104). Even though this medication is supposed to help this long road ahead of us, eventually it will cause Biscuit to go blind and loose his teeth. The goal is set for $26,000 over a course of a year for a total of all the necessary procedures he would need to have done.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for this type of disease it is just something that you have to live with. If Biscuit doesn’t get properly treated, he will eventually drown in his own fluid. I have paid some for some of his necessities but I cannot financially afford all of these payments on my own. I am asking for YOUR HELP!!! It would mean the world to me if every person could find it in their heart to donate a little something to make a huge difference. Please help me save my best friend.