ShinBi’s updated health costs!

If you recall, our original projected cost for six months (February-July) was $3000. Yet we’ve already surpassed that.

Our main concern has been ShinBi’s liver and getting his diabetes under control.

Vet Bills through February 28, 2014 (Serrano Animal and Bird Hospital)

2/21 Exam, CBC, Fecal                    $183.77

2/24 Tick Panel, Doxycycline       $254.71

2/25 Dexamethasone Suppression, Dexamethasone Injection, Blood Glucose, Microfilaremia test, Radiology                                  $345.22

2/27 Trifexis                                       $103

2/28 Insulin, Syringes, Urinalysis, Urine Culture and MIC, Nail Trim   $223.45

TOTAL:                                                 $1110.15

Vet Bills starting in March 2014 

3/7  Minor recheck exam, 1 Health Check (bloodwork)    $121.49

3/12 Ultrasound Abdominal Sonogram; 1 Coagulation Panel 1; 1 Bile Acids (Prepost)  $467.40

3/14  1 Blood Glucose; 1 Ultrasound Guided Biopsy; 1 local/Topical Anesthesia     $202.40

NEW VET BILL TOTAL:    $1901.44

3/18    1 Insulin Vetsulin;  20 Doxycycline     $71.50

3/22    Prednisone tabs;  Baytril Tablets;  Denamarin      $211.20

4/03/14  Exam, Glucose Testing, Radiology, Insulin and syringes   $578.87 (minus the board which I paid $107.80 – charge to SCR would be $471.07)

NEW VET BILL TOTAL:    $2655.21

4/7   Colchicine $189,  Ursodiol  $86

 4/14   2 Insulin  $84, 1 Denamarin  $66

4/23   Rechesck Exam $22.50; Blood Glucose Curve $65.79; Hematocrit/Total Protein $16.61

4/30  2 Insulin Vetsulin   $84.00

5/1   Colchicine  $189.44;   Ursodiol  $56.38

NEW VET BILL TOTAL:  $3,514.93

4/29  Glucose Test Kit   $34.48

5/1    Goat’s Milk (Bloom)   $26

5/4/ Glucose Test Strips   $41.03

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Shinbi #1981 Costs

Overseas Costs

Shelter fee             100.

2 toll fees                 31.

taxi                           250.

vet                            123.

sub total:             $ 504.

Asiana Air             1500.

Crate                         150.

Wire transfer fee   45.

Terminal charge      50.

sub total                 1745.

TOTAL:                   $2249.

Extra Necessities:

2 coats, Wee pads    49.63

2 Wee pads                 58.30

Petco sweater           14.00

Goat’s Milk  (3/4)      26.00

3/15 2 Wee pads      58.30

4/02 (Goats’s Milk, vegetarian canned food)     $54

DONATIONS:

Just Give                     $883.16  – Check #1  (2/25)

Just Give                     $122.51   – Check #2 (3/25)

Just Give                      $158.82  – Check #3 (3/25)

GoFundMe                 $1737.84  – Check #1  (2/25)

GoFundMe                  $22.   – Check on 4/18  (Nancy Marks)

Checks to SCR   

Anne Schmid           $300

Eleanor Wilson        $100

Luz Countryman      $100

Debby Peterson       $ 35

Lisa Hoch                    $100

*Mike/Judy Joyce   $150   (added March 1)

*Betty Jo Grugg         $20    (added March 1)

Robert Conklin         $100 (added March 6)

Anne Schmid             $50  (April 12)

Ginger Goodell         $25  (April 12)

Susan Van E                $ 50  (April 12)

Roz Grashaw              $50 (May 1)

List of Just Give Donors (to Feb. 15th)  more to come

Nathalie Leseine       $100

Craig Thacker              $52.36

Anonymous               $104.71

Trisha Valdivia          $100

NoCal Collie Rescue   $300

Amanda Boeddeker   $104.71

John Finch                     $20

Sylvia Chevier             $100

Marla Hart                  $43

Additional Just Give Donors

Anonymous      $47.75 (April)

Cindy Terrien      $23.87  “

Laura Miklos         $38.20  “

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ShinBi: Lounging Pajamas (28 March 2014)

ShinBi got custom-made pajamas from a secret admirer. These photos are one of two. We’ll have photos of his other pajamas later.

We do have some worrisome news. ShinBi hasn’t gained any weight. The vet is investigating why. A biopsy of his liver showed chronic hepatitis. More exams are necessary and as Sue Baldwin is on vacation until Thursday, we won’t have the results until then.

Keep ShinBi in your prayers!

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Canine Chronic Hepatitis

Chronic hepatitis in dogs is the term used to describe the inflammation of the liver. Chronic as opposed to acute means this is an on-going problem instead of a sudden onset.

The causes of chronic hepatitis are:

  • Infectious disease
  • Immune-mediate disease
  • Toxins
  • Copper-storage disease
  • Environmental
  • Drugs

Symptoms of chronic hepatitis include:

  • Sluggishness
  • Lack of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive urination and excessive thirst
  • Yellowish gums
  • Fluid build-up in abdomen
  • Poor physical condition
  • Dullness
  • Seizures

A biopsy was performed in ShinBi and it was determined that ShinBi had chronic hepatitis. An X-ray and ultrasound is being performed to determine the condition of ShinBi’s liver.

Treatment may include hospitalization and fluid therapy with B vitamin, potassium and dextrose supplements. This treatment will increase the elimination of fluids while decreasing the build-up of fluids in the abdomen.

 

As with the heartworm treatment, ShinBi would be put on limited activity.

ShinBi already had problems with excessive urination and thirst. That is also a result of ShinBi’s diabetes.

ShinBi will likely be switched to a sodium-restricted diet with vitamin and mineral supplements and require several small meals a day.