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Baxter the Corgi mix needs help!
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Ended May 31, 2013
Baxter is a 7 year old Pembroke/Australian Shepherd mix that has recently had swollen lymph nodes and disorientation issues. The vets are still not sure what is wrong, but the bill stills looms over his mom's head. More ...
Pals, it's my pleasure to introduce our newest Helping Paws client. Meet Baxter, the Corgi Australian Shepherd mix! Baxter's Mom Mandy reached out to me for help with her boy's mysterious illness. Here is Baxter's story in Mandy's words:

"Hello there, I’m Mandy and my 7yr old Corgi mix is Baxter. I stumbled onto your Facebook page by chance when I saw an auction going on with Corgi stuff (I’ve had Corgis for 16 years, and have loved them for 25). I lost my purebred Pembroke, Dixie, last year at the age of 15. I got Baxter because I wanted a pup to learn and grow while Dixie was still around to show him the ropes. Baxter is half Australian Shepherd, half Pembroke Welsh Corgi. He is an amazing little dog, full of personality and love and is just a joy to be around. For the past two months now, Baxter has had a problem with swollen lymph nodes. My normal vet diagnosed it as a huge infection the first time., so a round of antibiotics and predisone was administered. After that round, he was okay for a few days, but then the nodes swelled back up. Back to the vet and another round of stronger antibiotics and higher dose of prednisone. After that round, we waited a week and a half. At which point he started being unable to walk (slipping on the hard wood floors, not being able to climb stairs), became very disoriented and extremely scared and unhappy with his situation. Took him to get more meds, tried a different round on antibiotics and prednisone. He stayed at the vet that day, in which they did a needle aspirate, and I took the sample home with me, and sent it to MU Vet School with my roommate so that we could get results sooner. That was a Thursday. That day I called a different clinic (I cannot afford to go to the University of Missouri vet school). In the meantime, results from the aspirate were inconclusive, basically they say, could be cancer, could just be an infection but we don’t know because the test sample was cloudy and not sufficient. My normal vet still said nothing about doing a second aspirate though. I’m not downing on my normal vet. I love them. But, they are more large animal oriented than small and I’m thinking we are out of their realm of expertise at this point. So, Thursday was all of that. By Monday on the meds, he was back to normal, swelled nodes way down, walking, running, climbing... normal Bax. That was two weeks ago. I had canceled that second opinion appointment in order to see just how my dog was going to do, this one last time. And, now, after skipping only ONE day of meds (Dr’s orders), he can’t walk well, is scared and now carrying his head crooked as if a weight is on one side. We had an appointment on 4/1 at the second vet clinic to try to get some answers. I took Baxter to the vet on Saturday as he was getting much worse. They did some blood work and examined him, prescribed another antibiotic and a fungal medication, as this new vet thinks a fungal infection could be possible. Baxter was mostly turning circles to the left and extremely disoriented and scared. By Sunday morning, after upping his steroids, and starting the new pills, he was bringing me toys and feeling more normal but not 100%. On Monday morning I dropped him off for a biopsy of his lymph nodes, so we should know more soon."

I have estimated Baxter's cost of treatment at $1,000. I will post more update as I receive them. In the meantime, please spread the word for Baxter's fundraiser and find some time in your busy schedules to enjoy some Baxter puppy pictures!
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