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Shadow Has a Nasty Immune Disorder. Please Help!
$1,100 raised
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Ended Jul 18, 2016
Shadow is a wonderful rescue dog who is full of life and love. Unfortunately, she has an immune disorder that means her body is attacking itself, leading to nasty skin lesions. Getting her treatment has been so expensive and Shadow's owner needs help.

This is Shadow and Shadow's mom Marcy:

Marcy already had a lot of critters in her life, all with their own special health needs, and Marcy herself has some pretty serious medical issues to deal with. All the same, when Shadow needed a home Marcy was there to take her in. Money was tight but, thanks to friends and family, they got by. 

Then, recently, Shadow got sick. As you can see, she began to break out in unsightly and painful ulcers:

The inside of Shadow's ear which is normally black and glossy.

It took numerous attempts in order to get a diagnosis, and at one point, when Shadow was at her worst, Marcy faced the devestating prospect of having to put Shadow to sleep. Fortunately, Marcy was eventually able to get a diagnosis for Shadow. Shadow has an autoimmune disorder known as Pemphigus. This causes her own immune system to attack the body's skin cells, creating these painful ulcers.

This condition, while serious, is treatable. The downside is that even getting a diagnosis can be costly, and the treatment and care routine is also expensive.

To give you an idea of the costs, the first round of vet bills when Shadow first started presenting with symptoms was in the hundreds. Expenses soon began to mount up with a round of tests and some treatments that proved ineffective due to an incorrect diagnosis.

Even with a correct diagnosis now, Shadow still has to go and have her blood checked every two weeks, as well as undergo skin testing. That may soon change to being a monthly routine if all goes well, but her tests and medications cost $200 or more depending on what's needed. 

Marcy has had to pay for all these costs upfront, putting her under a huge financial strain that's in addition to all the other financial pressures she is facing.

As Shadow's condition is a chronic one she will have to undergo treatment for the rest of her life. The steroid treatments could also have negative consequences for Shadow too, as they can damage Shadow's organs and cause more issues. Marcy needs to be on top of medical costs now so that things don't spiral. 

And that's where you come in. Shadow needs these treatments to ensure she has any quality of life whatsoever--literally, without these treatments Shadow would have to be put to sleep. Having been close to that heartbreaking choice once before, Marcy never wants to go back there again. 

So please, if you can afford to give even a little, please help Shadow and Marcy by donating today.

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