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EDDIE

Eddie is a three-year-old boy who has a lovely temperament.  He came into our care a month ago, and his assessment was proving how sociable he was with other dogs.  Also, after a gentle introduction he was enjoying the company of people.  

Then two weeks ago he became poorly and was taken to a Veterinary Hospital.  As you can see by the attached Invoice, he has had many tests to discover exactly what was the cause of his illness.  Though he has stabilised we are still awaiting the results of the latest swabs.

We will make sure that Eddie gets every chance to recover and have a full healthy life, however, the Invoice is crippling, and we will receive further Invoices until Eddie is discharged.

I must add here that the Veterinary Practice has recognised that we do not have unlimited resources, and money must be available for other Great Danes that need our care.  We are exceedingly grateful to the Practice for ‘capping’ the Invoice at-this-time, please note their thoughtfulness.  

Time-and-again you show us how deeply you care for our wonderful Great Danes.  Eddie needs you now.  He has settled into the Hospital and is receiving lots of attention and cuddles, but he needs your help, we need your help!  His treatment will stretch our finances to their limit, but we won’t give up, please help us!

 

The latest update from the Veterinary Hospital.

Firstly, an update:  Today he seems relatively bright. Though his kidney values are by no means normal, we have seen some improvement in these over the last three days. His appetite is generally good though he was a little picky with his food this afternoon.

Eddie was admitted on 21st May after progressing rapidly from a nasal discharge to having pinpoint bleeding on his gums (petechiae).  He was showing signs of shock at presentation and required large volumes of fluid therapy. Further blood tests showed severely increased liver enzymes and kidney values. Tests for leptospirosis were negative.

After initial fluid support Eddie had a CT scan of his head, chest and abdomen to look for underlying causes of his signs. This showed no primary cause. During the following few days on fluid therapy, Eddie’s problems progressed to ulceration of his gums, lips, nose and ears, as well as swelling of his head and limbs. Biopsies were taken from his gums and we now have results which confirm a diagnosis of pemphigus. This is an auto-immune condition in which the patient’s own immune system attacks the lower layers of the skin or mucous membranes. In some circumstances, it can also attack the cells within the kidneys. This seems to be the case in Eddie.

There is no evidence of vasculitis (i.e. this is not Alabama Rot).

He is now on medication to suppress the immune response, as well as supportive fluid therapy and antibiotics.

He is receiving round-the-clock care by a team of nurses, interns and specialist vets.

His ulceration is improving and his liver enzymes are nearly normal. We have seen some early improvement in his kidney parameters, but still have some way to go before we know if he is going to respond fully.

Update 21st June 2018.....

Eddie is in good spirits and enjoying all of the attention that he is getting. He remains on high rates on intravenous fluids (12 litres a day) and his kidney values have shown some gradual but steady improvement. His skin lesions and oral lesions are healing well – we hope that his kidneys are making similar progress, but this is more difficult to assess.

Eddie is not out of the woods, it is still a very anxious time.  The Vets are hoping the medication will help his kidneys to repair and his immune system to settle, there’s still a long way to go yet.

Update 29th June 2018.....

Eddie is making steady improvement, however it was decided by ALL the Veterinary experts within the Hospital, that Eddie’s fluids should very slowly be reduced to see if his kidneys could cope.  This is a very anxious time…

We have just paid another bill of £2,000 for his continued treatment; your support is vital for NGDR to be able to meet all these costs.  In these uncertain times, we dread to think what would happen to dogs like Eddie, if we didn’t have your generosity.

 

URGENT APPEAL… 

You are one of our most important supporters; you take time to read about the Great Danes that need help and you do something about it. 

During a full year NGDR can spend up to £12,000 (£7,000 on Veterinary bills, £4,500 on Kennelling, and £500 on Foster care as well as food, travel expenses and finally administration costs which we endeavour to keep to a minimum. 

Your wonderful donations for our ‘URGENT APPEAL’ Great Danes, help us to meet the rising costs of their treatment, and many others that need our help. 

Your commitment and support mean so much to all of us at NGDR. You make a real difference to relieve the suffering of Great Danes that come in to our care. Without you to rely on we will not be able to achieve so much. 

Please accept our grateful thanks for your support and donation.

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LETTIE

Patiently waiting for nearly one year Lettie has a new home! Whilst the final arrangements were being made, just two days to go before the journey to her new home, Lettie suffered a gastric torsion! Thankfully she recovered very well and a couple of weeks later she traveled well and has now settled happily into a home she deserves after such a long wait.

Lettie isn't the first Great Dane that has cost this Charity nearly £4,000 in kennel and Veterinary fees. Your support over these many months has helped us tremendously.

Time and again, you show us just how deeply you care about Great Danes; they depend on NGDR and you.... every day of the year! We promise you we won't let them down. 

THANK YOU for your support.


KAISER

KAISER has now settled into his new home and at last enjoying life. THANK YOU for the wonderful donations which went towards his Veterinary and kenneling bills. 


 

THEO 

THEO is re-homed and having a wonderful time. THANK YOU for the amazing donations which helped pay for his keep and Veterinary bill.

Without your help we would be struggling!

 


 LUCY 

 

LUCY…   THANK YOU for your wonderful response, your donations have helped her to see without pain.

 

URGENT APPEAL… 

You are one of our most important supporters; you take time to read about the Great Danes that need help and you do something about it. 

During a full year NGDR can spend up to £12,000 (£7,000 on Veterinary bills, £4,500 on Kennelling, and £500 on Foster care as well as food, travel expenses and finally administration costs which we endeavour to keep to a minimum. 

Your wonderful donations for our ‘URGENT APPEAL’ Great Danes, help us to meet the rising costs of their treatment, and many others that need our help. 

Your commitment and support mean so much to all of us at NGDR. You make a real difference to relieve the suffering of Great Danes that come in to our care. Without you to rely on we will not be able to achieve so much. 

Please accept our grateful thanks for your support and donation.

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