To describe Tipper
as an energetic puppy is the understatement of the century. At a little over nine months, she is energetic, she is vocal, and if you’re ready to go, she’s ready to go with. When the volunteers noticed that Tipper didn’t want to go for her walk and was refusing to eat, they knew something wasn’t right.
We got her to the vet expecting her to need some fluids and anti-nausea medication, a couple of nights in the hospital and she would be as good as new. We weren’t prepared for what we heard. Something was going on and her liver was not functioning correctly
. Her values were more than 10 times above the normal limits and she was literally fighting for her life
An ultrasound was even more grave. Her liver was inflamed and vessels were bypassing the liver. At this point, our energetic little girl, normally bouncing around, only wanted to rest her head in someone’s lap.
Although her condition was guarded at best, the look in her eyes continued to ask for help, and help is what we had to do. She was hospitalized immediately with supportive care and medications. After one day, the bloodwork was worse and her condition became even more guarded. She still refused to eat. She still lay still and quiet. A lot of prayers went out that night. After the second day, the bloodwork improved a little bit.
Tipper hadn’t been able to eat for days, was now only 44 pounds, but she was fighting. Tipper has now been in the hospital for four days and her last bloodwork showed significant improvement in liver function as she continues to fight. She is being fed with a syringe to try to get some food into her body as she still doesn’t want to eat on her own. She continues to be on supportive care, IV fluids, antibiotics, supplements to support the liver. While she has shown significant improvement, right now it is literally one day at a time as she continues to fight. Tipper desperately needs the support of Coastal’s Angels.
Please send your thoughts and prayers her way, and please, if you can, donate for her care. That cost is rapidly approaching $3,000 and with each day grows higher. Tipper is fighting with every ounce of energy she has left, but she can’t do it without the supportive care that she can only receive in the hospital, and we can’t provide that care without your help.
Please donate… any amount helps.