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Harmony Needs Help
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As the old adage goes, “Dog is man’s best friend.”  For the past 12 years, my best friend has been my dog Harmony.  I adopted her when she was three months old and she hasn’t left my side since.  She was with me when I suffered a health crisis ...

As the old adage goes, “Dog is man’s best friend.”  For the past 12 years, my best friend has been my dog Harmony.  

I adopted her when she was three months old and she hasn’t left my side since.  She was with me when I suffered a health crisis 11 years ago, lost everything I had, faced homelessness, battled depression, landed on my feet, earned my bachelors degree, struggled with loneliness, and endured the loss of my father.  Numerous friends and boyfriends came and went, but she remained.  She has taken care of me all of these years and now that she has aged, it is now my turn to take care of her.  

A few months ago, Harmony’s veterinarian diagnosed her with a heart murmur which will lead to congestive heart failure (CHF) and her eventual passing.  The veterinarian said that in order to fully assess what stage of CHF Harmony is at and treat her progressive symptoms appropriately, she needs to get an EKG.  To do this is quite expensive.  The heart medication she will need to be put on daily is also costly and becomes more so as her heart pumps less efficiently over time.  In addition to heart medication, she will need a diuretic to help with the fluid that is building up in her lungs, vitamin supplements to compensate for electrolytes that are lost due to the diuretic, and a special low-salt dog food to help increase her heart’s functioning and minimize cardiac arrhythmias.  In addition to the cost of pharmaceutical and dietary interventions, the cost of pee pads as Harmony becomes less mobile, veterinary visits, and palliation will be impossible for me to afford on my own.  To some, providing these things for their pet seems excessive. However, with proper treatment, Harmony’s vet says a dog with congestive heart failure can live a longer and more comfortable life.  

For all that this little Shih Tzu has done for me, comfort in life and peace in passing is the very least she deserves.  If you can contribute to the Harmony Fund, it would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.     

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