Help Cute Kobe Bear fight IMHA
Organized by: Eikcaj Ching
Kobe is a 9-year-old toy poodle and he is one of the most well mannered dogs anyone knows. Before fallen ill, he enjoyed the outdoors including swimming and always a cheerful dog. On August 28, 2015, Kobe was diagnosed with immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) and has been hospitalized since. With IMHA, Canine Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia. http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/dog-health/dog-diseases-conditions-a-z/immune-mediated-hemolytic-anemia-dogs-imha . Kobe's immune system is attacking and destroying his red blood cells and as a result causing his red blood cell count at a dangerously low level.
There has been significant improvement to Kobe's condition since he was first admitted to the emergency animal hospital on August 28. During the first few days Kobe did not have the energy to stand up and had very little to no appetite. He had undergone several blood transfusions at the emergency animal hospital but there was little improvement and we were very worried that Kobe was losing the battle to IMHA. Every time we visited he looked weak and curled up in his bed. Since transferring to UC Davis on September 2, Kobe was admitted to their ICU and received plasmapherisis for the very first time. The doctor said Kobe is the smallest patient to undergo such a treatment and the doctors and students learned a lot from Kobe's situation. Prior to Kobe's admission, the smallest patient who received the treatment weighed 10kg and Kobe weighs only 3kg!
On September 3, just after one night at UC Davis, Kobe was able to stand up and his appetite had improved. He has now received three plasmapherisis in 5 days and yesterday we were able to stay with him during part of the 3-5 hour plasmapherisis process to keep him companied. He has regained most of his appetite and has been able to stand on his own over the past few days. However, his condition is not yet stable and he will need to continue with the treatments.
For the pet owners reading this, please check your pet insurance policy so you are fully aware of the coverage. It only takes a few minutes to check and well worth the time. We were naive to think all insurance are similar and the insurance we had purchased for Kobe does not cover any of the cost of his treatments or hospitalization. Kobe's sister is now enrolled in a different pet insurance which provides better coverage. We want to bring awareness to others who may not have pet insurance or not sure of what their insurance covers. So look into it now and not make the same mistake we did. We incurred USD15,000 of medical expenses so far and we are only in the 2nd week of care and treatments.
This is just the beginning of a long road to recovery for Kobe as he continues to receive care and treatment at UC Davis. While Kobe may weigh only 3kg, he is a little fighter and we cannot wait for him to return home. The cost of treatments for Kobe has so far exceeded the savings we put aside for emergency events. Thank you to our friends and family for your support and words of encouragement. We cannot wait to bring Kobe home.
(Donation in excess of the medical cost will be given to Family Dog Rescue so they may continue to do the great things they do in the community!)