We were contacted by a local rural shelter about two sick puppies with parvo. While trying to find a vet that had room for parvo treatment and quarantine and secure transport, one puppy could no longer fight the disease and passed away. If we'd been 2 hours earlier, he may have had a chance to overcome this often fatal disease. Even though we never held him, our hearts are broken for this innocent puppy that needed a chance to know love. We felt like we had failed him as others had before.
We knew that time was critical for his brother and couldn't wait any longer. He had to have treatment immediately, even if that meant going to an emergency vet where the treatment would be more expensive.
A dear volunteer met us with Keefe at about 9:00 PM on Monday. He wasn't doing well. Of course, the parvo test was positive and the effects of the disease were taking a toll on his already weak body. His white blood cell count is extremely low, he is anemic, and he also has some type of skin issue which we should know more about soon.
Treatment was started immediately for Keefe on Monday, but he isn't anywhere near out of the woods yet. He's still at Columbia Veterinary Emergency Trauma and Specialty center. He's receiving round the clock care, but his condition is still very guarded. While we were hopeful that he would recover quickly, the vet said today that he would need at least 3 more days of treatment due to how much the illness has affected his immune system.
While our hope was to keep the cost of his care at around $1,500, the total was $2,700.
Is the cost of saving one dog, one innocent puppy worth the treatment when it will most likely be over $4,000 or more? Is saving Keefe the best way to honor his brother that didn't survive. We know it is.
Keefe didn't ask for the terrible circumstances he found himself in, but we've assured him that there's an amazing community surrounding him with love and wants him to get the second chance he desperately deserves.
Please help Keefe get the continued care that he needs. It's not too late for him yet. There's still HOPE!