Coco the Chihuahua
Our first Vet Care Grant Recipient!
July 1, 2013 - Coco is an 11 lb. sweetheart of a service/support dog that was diagnosed with a heart murmur during his yearly visit to the vet for his shots and check up.
Before he could be put on heart medication, he needed to have his kidneys and heart checked to ensure he could handle the meds.
The vet said that the testing would require a day's stay at his office.
Coco's mom, Pat, disabled and on a very limited income, could not afford the necessary testing or heart medication.
Pat is a lovely woman that is suffering from advanced Multiple Sclerosis, which has left her legally blind, COPD, and untreatable scoliosis, due to cysts growing on her spine. She lives in Northeast Philly with her daughter Christine.
Coco also provides companionship and emotional support to Christine.
As you might imagine, Pat was very upset and stressed about the possibility of losing her beloved, constant companion, but her hands were tied, as she could not afford the necessary vet care.
July 2, 2013 - Sam's Hope posted an online fundraiser to benefit Coco and his mom Pat, via the youcaring.com website. We then sent out requests via social media to friends, family and followers for support.
July 8, 2013 - Thanks to the support and kindess of friends and family, we reached our fundraising goal in just under a week! We are very excited that we are going to be able to help Coco get the medical attention he needs. Tomorrow we will make his appointment for testing.
July 9, 2013 - At 9:30 AM we were on the phone with Bree's Animal Hosptial in Northeast Philadelphia, scheduling Coco's appointment. He will undergo testing first thing on Monday, July 15th, 2013. He has to spend the entire day at the hospital, hoping that won't be too stressful on him or on his mom. Praying for a positive outcome.
July 15, 2013 - We picked up Coco from his home very early in the morning. It was to be a very long day for everyone, as Coco had to spend the day at the hospital undergoing blood tests, kidney tests and x-rays.
The call finally came around 3:00 PM, testing was completed and it was time for Coco to go home.
The doctor explained all that was done, and how Coco passed all of the tests with flying colors, which meant that he would be able to take meds to control his heart problem.
It was determined that Coco had an enlarged heart, and some fluid in the lower portion of his lungs. His blood pressure was slightly elevated. But the good news is, through medication that he must take for the rest of his life, he should live a long and happy life with his family!
We reunited Coco with his mom around 4:00 PM, he was so happy to be back home again! And he didn't miss a beat, he was jumping around and begging for treats!
We are so thrilled that we were able to lend a helping hand to Coco and his mom, Pat. We will continue to provide heart meds for Coco on an ongoing basis.
We were even more thrilled when we received a thank you card from them, as well as from Mallory, the Program Director of the Heart to Heart Program at Klein JCC, who was responsible for bringing Pat, Coco and Sam's Hope together!
June 17, 2014 - Coco's mom noticed blood in Coco's urine. A visit to the vet and an x-ray revealed two rather large bladder stones. Coco is not a candidate for surgery, as he has a level 5 heart murmur.
The vet recommended a prescription diet, Science Diet S/D, to dissolve the stones.
He will be re-evaluated in 3 months.
July 29, 2014 - Coco paid a visit to our partner veterinarian's office for his yearly check up, shots, nail clipping and re-evaluation of his heart murmur.
All is well with the heart mumur, no changes in medication needed at this time.
Doc also checked his bladder stones and it seems that they are slowly but surely dissolving!
Coco will be re-evaluated once he finishes up 2 more cases of Science Diet S/D. We are hoping for good news! (Funny thing is, Coco loves the food, first dog I have come across that eats it with Mucho Gusto)!
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