Please help pay for Haileys medical bills!
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In July if this year our dog Hailey seemed to have neck pain. We thought maybe she hurt herself. The pain got worse. She would cry and we noticed muscle spasms in her neck. We took her to her vet and was given pain meds and other medicine for ... More ...

In July of this year our dog Hailey seemed to have neck pain. We thought maybe she hurt herself. The pain got worse. She would cry and we noticed muscle spasms in her neck. We took her to her vet and was given pain meds and other medicine for her neck. She got worse day by day. She was in constant pain and was losing ability to walk. She would scream in pain whenever she moved her neck. We were referred to Blue Pearl to see an Orthropedic for her pain. We still thought at the time maybe it was a pinched nerve or something with her back. We received different meds to see if it helped. It didn't at all. She was still in constant pain and could no longer walk. She also had two seizures. We brought her back to Blue Pearl and had a lot of tests done. Her spinal tap showed she had over 1,000 white blood cells. Normally a dog has 0. We were told we'd now have to see the neurologist. At first they said she has meningitis, but then diagnosed her with Granulomatous meningoencephalitis (GME). GME is an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (CNS) that leads to the formation of granuloma(s) - a ball-like collection of immune cells formed when the immune system tries to wall off foreign substances - which can be localized, diffused, or involving multiple locations, such as the brain, spinal cord and surrounding membranes. It acts many ways like a cancer. I honestly thought I was going to lose her.  In August she was prescribed prednisone and procarbazine. We were told she needed blood work every other month to make sure the meds weren't damaging her. In a week she was back to the old Hailey. You wouldn't even know everything she had just been through. She even got that spark back in her eyes. We were even able to lower her dosage of the prednisone because it is not a drug a dog should be on long term because it can affect her kidneys. Around Thanksgiving we started to notice she had some pain again. We were told to up her dosage. She still wasn't getting better. I brought her back to Blue Pearl and she was prescribed Gabapentin for her pain and I was told to up her prednisone. She still wasn't doing any better. She was in constant pain. Whenever she got up she would scream in pain. Hearing her cry is heartbreaking. We took her Blue Pearl again and were told to let the prednisone kick in since we just upped her dosage. Sometimes it takes time. Yesterday 12.03.14 she was losing ability to walk. Her back legs started to give out. We brought her in again and she ended up staying overnight. The only times we have ever been away from Hailey is when I'd let my mom have her for the night. I wish I could just make her all better. I wish I could take away all her pain, but I can't. We can only hope the best for her. The reason I am starting this fundraising page is because we have spent about $8,000 so far on Hailey. I don't have a savings anymore. My mom has been helping us out, but I feel bad because she doesn't have money like that to keep helping us. You don't expect these things to happen. I would love to be able to get to Boston to see Dr. Sisson. We have heard hes the best for treating this disease. We would really appreciate any help possible. Every time we go and get treatment, its hundreds to thousands of dollars. I don't want to get to the point where I can't get her help because I don't have the money. Please help us out. Thank you.

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