So much has been going on since I last posted. I had been enjoying the summer break with my hooman brother and sister. She has started coming over a bit more these last few months. She jokes and tells our mom it is because we have cable. LOL
Then my happiness abruptly ended. My mom took me to get tested for heartworms. I have not been showing any signs of illness or anything but over the summer my mom took a summer seasonal job with a vet clinic and she was seeing dogs come in and every work day there was one or two who tested positive. So she thought to put her at ease, I should get tested. We never thought the results would come back the way they did. At first, she thought it was a false positive so the vet did a second test and within 30 seconds the test came back with the same news we had been giving from the first test. I was positive. The vet is confident we caught it early and will not be a death sentence but finances have always been rough here at home. My mom does the best she can but as most others lives paycheck to paycheck. The vet was kind enough to give me a treatment plan that was a little more than half of the recommended more aggressive treatment plan so that is the route we have gone. We are remaining hopeful and positive that this route will heal me with minimal damage to my heart and other organs that heartworms attack.
I know I myself, am staying positive because I want to be around a lot longer to enjoy my hoomans. As part chihuahua I have an average lifespan of 12 to 20 years and italian greyhound of 12 to 15 years. So if I can meet those in the middle of 15 years, I still have at minimum 7 years left to enjoy my family.
My mom has always been a very proud individual. We can be short on funds for things at times but she has always refused to ask for help. At times, she will go without than to ask my grandparents for help. I have always admired the strength this woman has. So, it was hard for her to swallow that pride pill and reach out.
She created a go fund me in hopes that people will find it in their hearts to donate any amount they can to help with my treatment. She has also asked the vet clinic she worked at earlier in the summer about working during the school year in hopes to earn a bit more to go towards the treatment.
She will be uploading the test results showing the final outcome of Positive in hopes this will help individuals know that my treatment is real and will be able to feel at ease with a donation, any amount helps. $1, $2, $3, even $5.
Ways to donate if you find yourself in a place to help. Any amount will help.
Go Fund Me link Bella’s heartworm+ treatment
Here is an actual breakdown for what the treatment will cost after the year mark.
2 x-rays (cash cost $200 each) $400
12 month box of Quadriguard $37.98
6 month round of Steroid $60
12 month round of Doxycycline $480
2 heartworm tests at the 6 month mark and 12 month mark (cash cost $38 each) $76
5 office visits (one in August, October, December, April, and July) $250 at each office visit at $50
Actual total for treatment $1103.98 this was still over $1700 less than the very aggressive preferred treatment with no guarantee I will heal or make it out alive as some dogs have been known to pass away during this much more aggressive treatment. .