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For the Love of Cayden

Organized by: Cindy Cogburn

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THE STORY:

We were so thrilled and happy to be getting our little Whippet puppy who was 5 1/2 months old at the time. We called him our early Christmas present to ourselves. We named him Cayden Cash. In the first few weeks we noticed Cayden was not very alert and sluggish he became very weak and his back legs started giving out one day. I rushed him to the vet and they gave him subcutaneous fluids. He perked back up and continued on for about another three weeks. Then one day he went down hill very fast. I rushed him back to my vet and they gave him IV fluids and when we went to pick him up thinking we were taking him home, they brought our dog out to us and he was almost dead. We were in total shock. They didn't think he would make it, but told us take him to an emergency hospital that would be able to care for him. It was a horrible nightmare that started from there. The first emergency clinic would not take him in because he had been fed a RAW diet. Their facility was under construction and they could not quarantine him as required by them. They sent us to another emergency hospital in Cary, NC. Cayden was crying the whole time. It was excrutiating. I stayed in the back seat of the truck holding him the entire time. When we got to the hospital they took him in immediately. He would not respond for several days. We had to finally come to the conclusion he was not going to pull through this. It was one of the hardest decisions to make. When we went to say our goodbyes to him he lifted his little head and looked up at us both. At that time we knew we could not let him go, we had to help him fight through this. The cost became so ridiculously all the various test run with no diagnosis. They just treated symptoms the best they could. 5 days later he started coming around. He lost so much weight he looked like under fed dog. It was so hard to see. He started having generalized and facial seizures and had to be put on two medications to control them. We visited him twice a day everyday that he was there. He never seemed to notice us because of the medication he was on, but we still talked to him and told him loved him daily. They determined his liver can not metabolize protein normally and he is on a prescription low protein food now. He has still had bouts of dehydration where we have taken him back in to get fluids. It is a day to day hoping he stays well. He is a very picky eater and it is so hard to get him to eat. We love the little guy so much and we also have his sibling sister. We need to keep Cayden healthy, so they can live a long life together. We could not continue with running more tests on Cayden because the bill reached $12,500 we had to get him home, so we have no real diagnosis other than he became highly septic and it seemed to start in his GI tract. We have had people raise money through two auctions which paid half the bill down, but now we need more help trying to pay off the rest of the vet bill. We will continue to have cost for his prescription medicines and food which are not cheap. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your donation to our Cayden.

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