Pixie's Cornell Veterinary Fund
Organized by: Renata Brenner
Pixie developed Vasculitis after getting her first rabies vaccination. It is an autoimmune reaction that attacks small blood vessels all over the body particularly the edges and tips of the ears. Her ears went bald and she developed sores. She had been growing well, but began losing weight. My happy healthy puppy became listless and shy. My local vet has been in consultation with Cornell Veterinary School, and she has undergone a number of expensive tests and has been on several expensive medications. I am told that this may resolve completely with treatment, or it may be a chronic condition requiring life long care. Her ears are healing, and she has gained back part of the weight she lost, but now she is developing bald patches in other places. She should be spayed, but the medications make that too risky, but if we stop them, the vasculitis is likely to flare up, making it too risky. The steroids she is currently taking are not a long term solution, and can cause permanent damage especially in a puppy. Her vet is urging me to bring her to Cornell Veterinary School to be seen by their specialists. My husband and I are both disabled and on a fixed income; he has Young-onset Parkinson's and I have Classical Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. I have managed to pay for her medications, tests and vet bills thus far, but the cost of taking her to Cornell is daunting. I have no idea yet what the expenses will ultimately be. I'm not entirely comfortable with asking folks for money, but I have been encouraged by others to ask for help on Pixie's behalf. I am certain that the bills will be more that I am asking for, but it would help enormously. Thank you in advance for your generosity. I love Pixie dearly and she is a great source of comfort and joy in my life.