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Help Bear Find Treatment for His Epilepsy
$210 raised
11% of $2k goal
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Ended Jun 24, 2013
Bear is a 2.5 year-old border collie that we adopted from a kill shelter in December 2011 after he was found abandoned and wondering in a small community in Nevada. He quickly became a part of our family and we have more love and devotion for him than ...
Bear is a 2.5 year-old border collie that we adopted from a kill shelter in December 2011 after he was found abandoned and wondering in a small community in Nevada. He quickly became a part of our family and we have more love and devotion for him than words can describe. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy one year ago and has suffered from grand mal seizures ever since. His worst episode occurred one week ago when he had 13 seizures in a 48-hour period. He spent the night at the emergency clinic and a full day at his regular vet's office during that time to receive intravenous medications and professional care (which is the third time we have had to resort to these measures). He is home with us now, but for six long days he has been in "post-ictal" status, which means these recent seizures are still affecting him. He is disoriented (pacing constantly and running into things), appears to have vision impairment, and has a lack of interest for the things he used to love. In the year he has had this condition, we have seen four different veterinarians, tried 5 different medications, altered his diet, and given him everything we can possibly think of to improve his quality of life and keep his seizures at bay. We fear that our beloved pet is reaching a tipping point and may not ever return to us (at least not as the dog we know). Per recommendations from several veterinarians our last and only other option (other than euthanasia) is to take Bear to a veterinary neurologist to get a CT scan of his brain. That will be able to tell us if there is something less obvious and more critical causing these seizures, such as a brain tumor. While it would be a huge relief to know if there is an underlying cause that we can possibly treat differently, the CT scan itself is insanely expensive and the treatments that follow can only mean more outrageous vet bills. We love our dog and do not want to lose him, but we have given him everything that is within our means thus far. Please, please help us find the cause for Bear's seizures and save his life by seeking the proper treatment for his condition. His happiness and wellbeing means the world to us and we desperately want to see him be his happy self again, and of course, be seizure free!
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