Help with Oliver and Dexter's emergency vet bills!
$700 raised
23% of $3k goal
13 contributors
5 Years running
Recently our two little guys, Oliver (2yr old Havanese) and Dexter (1yr old Cockapoo) managed to get into a bottle of Ibuprofen that was on the kitchen table. Dexter literally tore the bottle open and shred it to bits! The pills were all over the ...
Recently our two little guys, Oliver (2yr old Havanese) and Dexter (1yr old Cockapoo) managed to get into a bottle of Ibuprofen that was on the kitchen table. Dexter literally tore the bottle open and shred it to bits! The pills were all over the carpet and we had no idea how much they managed to eat. After Oliver vomited twice at home (both bright orange like the coating on the Ibuprofen) we decided to take both of them to the AEC emercency animal clinic in Rochester, MI. Both pups were given an injection to induce vomiting and then given activated charcoal to get the toxins out of their stomach. Dexter was released that night with a "clean bill of health" and Oliver had to spend the night on IV fluids and multiple injections of various medications. Oliver was released the next night and was sent home with 10 days of 3 different medications. That first round of bills came to approximately $1,400. It was a lot, but definitely worth it for our fur-babies!

Then, over the next few days Oliver was perking back up and back to his normal self, and Dexter unfortunately was going downhill. The vet let us know that there's a chance they could be constipated due to the charcoal they drank, and that's what we figured was going on when Dexter seemed "off". He started to act really strange, shaking/shivering and generally lethargic. We assumed he didn't feel well since he hadn't had a bowel movement in 2 days. He started drinking more water than normal/urinating more and eventually refused his food unless he was being hand-fed. He did have a bowel movement and we thought that he should be feeling better, but later that night he had another bowel movement (on the carpet) that was nothing but blood and sticks! We immediately called the vet and headed into the clinic.

Dexter's blood work showed that he was in acute kidney failure. He was then admitted and put on a high dose of IV fluids and a catheter. They gave him multiple medications including Barium to help coat his insides. They told us that they were going to treat him aggressively and see where that leads us, and that since he is so young that there is hope, but only time will tell. They checked his blood work in the mornings and at night and with every one, he was "mildly improving". When we left the vet the night Dexter was admitted, his costs were estimated at $1,900. We had a difficult decision ahead of us, but went forward with everything since he is like a child to us. Since then, Dexter has had to stay an extra 2 nights (more $), had more IV's (more $) and had more bloodwork, medication....you get the point.

Anyway, my husband and I are not ones to ever ask for help, we never have, and didn't think we would ever have to. But we are asking for help now to bring down the cost of the vet bills. We haven't gotten the final bill as of today but we are estimating around $4,000 or more (Yikes!).

Please donate if you would like to help, and if you aren't able to, we ask that you share our story with whoever you can and make sure all of the animal lovers in your life have their medications locked away so there's no chance of them accidentally getting into it. This has been a week of heartache and happiness all in one (Oliver is back to normal and Dexter is on his way to recovery).

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and thank you to those who choose to donate!
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