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Cochise Canine Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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Medical care for Mini, a dog with cancer. I will list the past two months’ medical expenditures, as well as upcoming expenditures committed to before Oct. 20, 2018. The drugs Mini is taking are a daily “cocktail”: two drugs in the a.m., one drug in the p.m., plus supplements midday, all given with small home-cooked high-protein, low-carb meals.

Morning: Cyclophosphamide – a very low-dose compounded daily chemo drug. This is given with furosemide, also compounded, which helps prevent bladder cysts that can be caused by the chemo
Midday: Vitamin E oil, fish oil, curcumin, probiotics, CBD oil
Evening: Piroxicam – compounded formula. Piroxicam is a strong NSAID with the additional benefit of helping reduce tumors. Piroxicam is often used as a stand-alone drug when an animal cannot tolerate chemo drugs. We are fortunate in that Mini has been on the medications for a month and is tolerating them perfectly.

Mini is scheduled to see Dr. Hershey, her oncologist at IVO, in Phoenix again on Oct. 15 for an ultrasound and X-rays, as well as re-measurement of the tumors to document changes.
Medical costs to date:
AZ Diagnostic Laboratory - pathology: $145.00
All Creatures Veterinary Services: $276.44 (this is only what was not covered under a $750 grant from Paws for Life, which has been totally used)
IVO – Dr. Hershey – first visit: $148.00
Arizona Animal Hospital: $200.00
Diamondback Drugs – compounded medication: $157.85
Reorder of compounded medications: $157.85
Revisit, Dr. Hershey, including ultrasound and X-rays: $318.67
Total medical expenditures: $1561.66

It enabled Mini to have the ongoing medical care, medicines and testing she requires. As a result, she is doing very well and looking forward to a long time with a wonderful quality of life!

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Mini is doing incredibly well. Three months ago, when Mini first arrived at CCR, she almost died twice: once during her first surgery and once several days later due to systemic sepsis caused by her open, untended, ulcerated mammary tumor. (See photos before and after surgery.) Today, Mini’s bloodwork has gone from extremely anemic and an off-the-charts white count to what would be seen in a dog without cancer, i.e. “normal ranges.”

Unfortunately, due to her long-term neglect by her previous “caregivers,” she is in stage-four cancer — the cancer has spread to several lymph nodes. Given that reality, she is on a daily three-drug protocol which may buy her several years of health and comfort. She will be seeing her local veterinarian monthly for bloodwork sent to the oncologist for review, as well as visits to Dr. Hershey at IVO every two months. Both Dr. Hershey and Dr. Knoblich (the local vet) agree that Mini has at least two years of health and potentially as long as 4-5 years. Given that she is already 11 years old, this will indeed make her an elderly little dog.

Mini has an amazing quality of life. She has integrated herself into the little pack of senior and handicapped dogs. She is active and playful, and if you didn’t know differently, you would think she was a normal, healthy dog. Mini is not up for adoption at this time since she will need several years of ongoing, expensive medical care.

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