Gidget is a 13-year-old miniature poodle that my family adopted as a puppy when I was a senior in high school. After my parent's divorced 8 years ago, Gidget came to live with me and my rescue dog Ziggy.
Gidget is obsessed with me. She has to be in the same room as me no matter where I am and she sleeps with me every night. Because of her, squeakers have no chance of surviving in our household. She loves to hike, she loves the water, and she loves to hang out in the sunshine.
Starting in January, Gidget began to pant a lot and drink excessive amounts of water. She also began wetting herself constantly. After about 4 months of testing, Gidget was finally diagnosed with Cushing's disease. She was also found to be incontinent.
She began three daily medications that she'll have to take for the rest of her life. She also has to do blood testing, a specific stim test due to one of the Cushing's meds, every three months to monitor the medication. Each of the tests is around $300. The medication costs about $150/month. She's on a special low-protein diet now that also costs about $80/month. I spent around $4,000 for all of the tests and I'm having a hard time keeping up with her medication and testing.
I'm looking for a little human kindness to help me, and my beautiful Gidget.