Cupcake is a sweet 3 1/2 pound 8 month old Chi puppy who came to us as an owner surrender. We noticed that she was skinny and needed to put on weight, but didn't think that she had any health issues being that she was fully vetted. She also had a negative fecal test three month's ago. After having Cupcake with our rescue for only 3 days, she became very sick. The foster mom contacted us saying that she was throwing up and had uncontrollable diarrhea. We told the foster mom that we would take her to the Vet in the morning and to hold back any food or water. A couple hours later the foster mom called saying that she was now throwing up blood and that she was very concerned for Cupcake.
We immediately contacted the Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center who is a 24 hour care facility. It was approaching evening so our primary Vet was closing soon. Upon arrival the very first thing they tested for was Parvo. The foster mom was crying because she was worried that this sweet little girl had it and then worried that her toy fox terrier might also get it. As we waited 20 minutes or so for the results, it felt like hours. We were so pleased to hear that it was NOT parvo. She did however test positive for Giardia. This is a single celled parasite that lives in the dogs intestines. Having Giardia for a long time can cause weight loss, generally poor condition, and even death, when the disease is serious. She was given metronidazole which she is to take twice daily. They also gave her Sub Q fluids because she had become dehydrated, as well as an anti-nausea injection.
Luckily the next day, Cupcake was feeling much better. She didn't throw up one single time or have diarrhea. The emergency office visit alone was $115.00. We were then charged for the fluids, fecal direct exam, fecal centrifugation exam, parvo test, outpatient injection, and medication. The total amount of this visit came to $327.00. Please help us pay for this emergency visit, any amount is helpful.