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Simba's Road to Recovery
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Ended Jan 9, 2015
Simba is my 2 and a half year old German Shepherd. I've had him since he was eight weeks old and since that day we've been inseperable. Some of our favorite places to go are to the beach, forresty places to hike, and his favorite Pet Food ...

Simba is my 2 and a half year old German Shepherd. I've had him since he was eight weeks old and since that day we've been inseperable. Some of our favorite places to go are to the beach, forresty places to hike, and his favorite Pet Food Express to get free cookies. Last September I noticed that he would start yelping whenever he jumped on my bed, it started taking him longer to get up off the floor, and his overall demenor changed. The doctor's initially diagosed it as muscle sprain, however, it got worse. By this March, Simba had lost 15 pounds, stopped eating his food, and was to me, on death's doorstep. On the recommendation of his primary vet and his Neurologist at Sage Specaility Center in Campbell, I took Simba to UC Davis's Vetinary teaching hospital. After running a series of tests, he was diagnosed with aspergillious (a fungal infection) that in turn caused discosponadlytis (a condition where the fungal infection is weakening the bones in his spine). The doctors gave him a 40% chance of making it. At that point, I didn't care about the fact that his two day visit at cost $5,500, all I could see was I could lose my best friend. 

Fast forward to now, and Simba is still a sick boy. However, he's eating normally, has most of his old energy and spunk back, and is STILL my number one companion. However, this is only thanks to my pet insurnace company Trupanion paying 90% of Simba's medical bills. In fact, they have paid over $11,000 in his bills since I got him. The doctors still are cautious, but I have every reason to believe my boy will make it. 

Simba's currently on a oral medication called Voriconazole. These pills are honestly what saved him in my opinion. However, a two month supply of it costs $2,500, and after insurnace I pay $260. The doctors believe in order to further Simba's chances of beating his infection we should put him on an injectable medication called amphotericin B. He will be going in 3x a week for the first month and once a month after that. Each visit will cost anywhere from $650 (for the standard form of the medication, which will work as long as his kidneys tolerate it) to $1150 (a lipid version in case his kidneys need a break). 

So far, I have been able to manage his expenses on my own. However, these new appointments have really put a strain on my already tight budget. I'll be transferring to CSU East Bay in the fall so a lot of money I had saved up for college has already been used to pay for Simba. That's why I created this page for Simba. I want to continue to fulfill the promise I made to do everything in my power to help him. Every dollar that we get will go straight to his medical expenses! If money is also tight for you, we'll take positive vibes and prayers. I'm also willing to earn any donation as well, feel free to let me know.  Thank you for your help and support!<3

Feel free to visit Instagram to see more pictures of Simba! #simbathegermanshepherd 

account: Simranklair

Here is some more information on Simba's condition: 

http://www.veterinarysurgicalcenters.com/discospondylitis.html

http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/infectious-parasitic/c_multi_aspergillosis

http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/vetmed/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=483478&sk=&pageID=5

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