Thank you to everyone for caring so much about Deezel. Today we were shocked and confused to find out that someone has mistakenly reported us to the state as abusers of Deezel. We have put so much time, effort, nurturing care and resources into trying to help this little guy out. And we also care deeply for our customers and colleagues, so this post is to give everyone a more detailed description of his situation regarding health; diagnostics, past and future concerns, financial needs, foster home needs, etc, and hopefully answer any questions that someone might have about our intentions in fostering him. Please, please contact the store directly with ANY questions about this process.
We also want to let everyone know we really appreciate all the love and concern for his well-being and let you know there is still need for donation if anyone is able to help out.
This is a chronological description, of his entire care and treatment as I know it, numbered with notes on each section. His entire time with us has been spent either at Chelsea’s house (owner of Hero’s Pets), sleeping in a bed next to her or in her bed with her (not kenneled), or at Molly’s house in a kennel immediately next to her bed during the night, and out and about when she’s awake. During the days he has been either at Hero’s Pets, behind the counter or walking around with Molly or Chelsea, or with Molly at the veterinary referral center that she works at. He has not been unattended for a single second during the time that we’ve had him and he is given goat milk every 10-30 minutes 24 hours a day.
1) Deezel weighed 60lbs on December 7th. He spent a month at Hermosa Vet clinic. Despite their care he continued to lose weight during his time there.
2) On February 10th he was 54lbs. Demodex and heartworm were ruled out and fecal tests came back negative. Pancreatved and Amoxycillin were prescribed during that time.
3) On March 10th Gillett Vet clinic ran a CBC and listed his weight was at 42lbs.
4) He was dropped off at Hero’s Pets on March 12th. At the time the foster parent said he would drink gallons of water if you let him, that he had horrible diarrhea, and that he was not able to heal minor wounds caused by daily activity. Molly and Chelsea agreed to co-foster him to try to resolve EPI holistically (since allopathic treatments had been unsuccessful). All measures Hero’s Pets took after this point were extraordinary measures to treat his illness holistically, since standard treatments had completely failed and apparently only caused him to get worse.
We put him on a Goat Milk Diet and the shelter was informed of its benefits, our experience with it, offered the contact information for Answers Pet Food who donated the $1500 worth of 30 days of Goat Milk for him. The Goat Milk Diet was originally offered to humans that were incapable of gaining weight for a variety of medical reasons to restore the digestive lining to a state where it is capable of utilizing nutrients from food. For more information about the health benefits of the Goat Milk Diet see http://www.milk-diet.com/ and http://www.realmilk.com/health/milk-cure/ Goat’s Milk is 21kcals per ounce and Deezel has gotten 1.25 Gallons a day. That equates to 3,360kcals/day. The caloric needs for a dog his size is technically 840kcals/day. Within 5 days he had gained 4 pounds.
We also put him on Flower Essences by Pet Essences for Pain Relief and Colitis/Diarrhea. As well as Homepathics for diarrhea, discomfort, EPI, etc: Multiple Glandular, Phos 30c, Arnica 30c, Proteus 30c, Ferrum Phos 30c, Calc Sulph 30c, Iodum 30c, Arsenicum Album 30c and Lycopodium 30c at varying times depending on symptoms.
Within two days with us he no longer had excessive thirst and his wounds began healing. Chelsea made a homemade healing cream to put on his wounds (again, these were just spots on his body that were from normal daily activity that a normal body would not even notice, but in his compromised state his body was unable to resolve even minor bumps and bruises… these were NOT wounds from any traumatic experiences) and with the nutrients and hydration he was getting his body was able to circulate enough to heal. Within three days after getting him he was able to walk down stairs by himself, get in the car by himself, and pee standing on a hill without shaking. He felt noticeably better.
5) On March 19th Chelsea took him to Dr. Mike Herman at Belcaro Animal Hospital and had a complete blood panel (Superchemistry, CBC, Urinalysis, cPLI, TLI, and T4) done on him, which ruled out EPI and showed Pancreatitis, as well as low Albumin, elevated Neutrophils, and elevated potassium. Unfortunately the blood work done previously was incomplete and therefore any kind of comparison can not be adequately made, but the values that are available for comparison either improved stayed the same. We also got a Vitamin B12 injection for him, as B12 cannot be absorbed without the pancreatic ability to secrete intrinsic factor. It’s a safe injection at any quantity but this was also given by Dr. Herman. We also had multiple veterinarians review his blood work and all agreed that EPI was extremely unlikely and Addison’s, PLE, IBD, or cancer would be much more likely.
6) On March 20th Deezel was feeling much better. He was still exclusively on the Goat Milk diet but with him feeling so much better his slightly aggressive tendency’s become something he was actually capable of acting upon. Unfortunately, this made it very difficult for Chelsea and Molly to continue to foster him so we’ve been looking for a different foster situation since then, we have yet to find one so if anyone has a pet free, child free home and a lot of time and love to give for him we’d love to hear from you!!!
7) A local intuitive, Trudy, saw him and recommended changing his name to allow him to move on from his illness that he was taking on for his previous owner. We renamed him Boomerang (and call him Boomer).
8) On March 24th we took him to another vet in Littleton to get an ACTH test to rule out Addison’s disease. She, however, decided that an ultrasound would better serve him and offered to send us to Dr. Sylwester in Lakewood on Wednesday. We disagree with this, but since she was donating the service, we complied.
9) As Molly and Chelsea are no longer a long term foster solution for him we decided that, to be placed in another foster home, we’d have to cut the very healing Goat Milk Diet short and put him back on regular food so another foster home could be found. He is now on a raw diet, which is easier to absorb than a kibble diet. He has solid poops and is still feeling great on food, since he doesn’t have EPI this is a much easier transition than we were expecting.
10) On March 29th Animal Communicator Skye Heartsong had a session with him and said that he has a lot of pain in his small intestine and that his aggression is a result of is condition affecting his brain. However, he “appreciates all the love he’s gotten from everyone.”
11) Chelsea had a certified dog trainer come work with him on March 30th to confirm that his behavior is something that can be worked with. He agrees that it can be worked with IF he finds the right home that understands aggressive dogs and will work with him long term.
12) Molly has gotten a vet at VRCC to donate a test similar to an ACTH test tonight to rule out Addison’s. If he has Addison’s the medication will cost over $100/mo. If he does not have Addison’s the remaining potential diseases he may have are either IBD, Cancer, or Protein Losing Enteropathy, all of which would be extremely difficult to treat in his condition and have a poor prognosis.
13) We will be taking him for the ultrasound on Wednesday which will tell us more about Addison’s as well as Cancer. Unfortunately, to rule out IBD we would have to biopsy his colon and ruling out everything else is how they diagnose Protein Losing Eneropathy.
We continue to try to do what is best for him and have extended what has become thousands of dollars of other people’s resources, and hundreds of dollars of our own, as well as our deeply devoted and loving time. We greatly appreciate the outpouring of love and affection that has come to him. We especially appreciate the vets that have regularly attended and adored him and Jenn Peirce and Matt Jenkins for buying him a bed and taking him on walks and such. If anyone can foster him (no pets, no kids, lots of patience and time), and if anyone can donate towards his ever increasing medical expenses he would greatly appreciate it.