James is our border collie x who we adopted from our favourite rescue group as a puppy. He is now only 2 years old but he has already had to overcome so many hurdles.
Since he was 12 weeks old he has been in and out of the vets with SRMA - steroid responsive meningitis arteritis.
Its a painful condition that occurs when the blood vessels in the lining of his nervous system (his meninges) become inflamed.
If he doesnt get his medication (and sometimes even if he does) he becomes paralyzed with pain. He runs a huge fever and the pain in his neck can make him immobile.
We have to manage him so carefully to keep on top of any flare ups and catch them before he becomes too painful. He sleeps at the foot on our bed so we can check he is still ok during the night.
We have been very lucky lately and his medication has kept him a happy, fun loving pup.
When he is having a good day - he is my partners best mate. He is so funny and happy. He likes to practise his ancient herding instincts...on the chickens! He has a repertoire of tricks and his smile is infectious.
When he was a pup his nose was so long and his belly so round we nick-named him "The Tiny Shrew".
Even though his Meningitis can be crippling he has at lot more good days than bad and unless we told you, you may never know he even has it.
Now he is back in the ICU again with a bout of pancreatitis - the medication that keeps him stable also predisposes him to complications like this.
He hasnt eaten in 6 days! They had to put a feeding tube down to his stomach. He cant stop vomiting and they had to shave him to stop the diarrhea staining his blue coat.
The vets and nurses are AMAZING and he is in the best place he can be but its not the same as having him at home.
The reality of it is they have quoted me $2000 and ontop of all his other medications and treatments this is a huge financial blow for me.
My partner and I have started selling anything not nailed to the floor.
This is where I guess I will swallow my pride and ask for some help. Even $5 will go towards more fluids, more pain relief, warm chicken to coax him to eat, the time for the lovely nurses to clean him.
We just really want him home - he deserves another day without pain, another game of fetch and to herd those pesky chickens.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for any help and well wishes you can give to help our Tiny Shrew, James.
- Kelly McKenzie
- Jeannie Johnston
- Tracy Townsing
- Emmeline Chidley
- Moana Lellek
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