Rivo is a 4 year old female Golden Retriever that was rescued in South Korea after being found in a trash bag with her legs bound. In order to save her life, portions of all four of her legs had to be amputated. She now lives in the USA, is able to walk, run and play when wearing her custom prosthetics and is a certified Therapy Dog.Rivo has faced far too many medical issues for one dog during her short life. In addition to being a quadruple amputee, she has Lupus, Hypothyroidism and has battled 3 types of cancer (Nasal Cancer, 4 Mast Cell Tumors, & Thyroid Cancer) and has side effects from the cancer treatments. The past several months have been very difficult medically for Rivo and have resulted in our family seeking care from a variety of specialists in order to provide her the best care possible. Our family and the team of veterinarians helping to care for Rivo are focused on giving her the best life possible. She remains happy and smiling and we are committed to providing her the best care possible as long as she continues to fight and maintain her incredible will to live, despite the challenges she faces every day.
Our family has spent more than $5000 on Rivo from mid-june to mid-July 2019on the following medical treatments:
Rivo has experienced significant inflammation in her brain since mid-August, resulting in ongoing neurological care, 2 MRI’s, bloodwork, medication and regular Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments in order to manage the post radiation necrosis and edema in her brain. She had her first seizure and started new medication and treatment to help control and minimize the seizures.
She had another Mast Cell Tumor removed and also spent 2 days in the emergency vet for gastroenteritis and elevated liver enzymes. Rivo has lost all vision in her right eye and has been experiencing other vision issues requiring the ongoing care of an ophthalmologist.
Rivo has ongoing challenges associated with her amputations and receives regular cold laser therapy to promote blood flow and healing in her limbs and needs medications and treatments to manage the sores she develops from wearing her prosthetics.
Rivo has an integrated treatment plan that includes both traditional and holistic treatments. She has an internal medicine veterinarian that helps manage her overall treatment plan. Rivo takes a number of traditional and Chinese medications to manage her medical conditions.
We are grateful for everyone who is able to donate to help with Rivo’s medical costs. Any donation amount is appreciated, and please only donate if you are able to. Rivo and our family wouldn’t want anyone to be in a financial hardship because of donating to help with her medical care.