Alexandria, Virginia is one of the top dog-friendly cities in the United States. Did you know that one out of every four residents in Alexandria, Virginia is a dog?
This is why stories like this hit hard. I know the dog in this request (see below) who tragically lost his owner late last year. Ashley left us too soon but, you can help Rudder live on whose liver is damaged.
I have donated to help out Rudder. If you can, please consider donating as well.
The dashlingly handsome and sweet Labrador you see in this photo is Rudder Long. Rudder’s Dad is Ashley who passed away unexpectedly this past Fall; it has been quite a shock for all involved, including Rudder. Luckily, Rudder has been able to stay in his primary home with his Grandmother, Cindy with the assistance of myself and some caring friends and neighbors. This has been quite a wonderful gift for each of them.
Unfortunately, some routine blood work in February showed that Rudder had highly elevated liver enzymes across all markers (as much as 10x what is considered “normal”). An ultrasound and a bile acids test (to assess liver function) confirmed that his liver has been wrestling with an insult of unknown origin for quite some time. Luckily, the liver is quite a warrior and up until recently, Rudder has not been showing the deletarious effects that an injured liver can produce. The liver effects the functioning of all other organ systems as well as being the “master” in charge of ridding our bodies from toxins, excess hormones, heavy metals etc. Quite an imortant job for one organ! But, when the liver is diseased and left untreated, it will no longer be able to function, ultimately resulting in an untimely death. And Rudder has quite an appetite–espcially for life– left in him!
The good news is that the liver has Super Powers of it’s own and can actually regenerate some of itself when given targeted care. So the next step in Rudder’s healing journey is to get a biospy (via laproscopy) to see what villian is causing the damage. In absence of tumors on his ultrasound the most likely culprit is copper. Normally benign and necessary for metabolism, in certain breeds (Labs as one of them) an inherited condition can cause their bodies to accumulate too much copper and result in heavy metal toxicity, leading to the destruction of liver cells. Luckily, Copper Storage Disease, once definitely diagnosed through the biopsy, is very treatable by (1) removing the excessive copper, (2) diet management and (3) monthly supplements.
So this is where Rudder needs your support: the biopsy is very expensive and his family does not have all the funds necessary to cover the cost. Without the biopsy, the exact cause of his liver demise can not be diagnosed. His next option for treatment would be too costly on a monthly basis to maintain since that would involve casting a wide net at all possible causes and may not even be addressing the appropriate root cause.
So, please consider contributing to Rudder’s medical care so that can he live out his life comfortably and continue to put a smile on everyone’s face! All contributions will go to the cost of the biopsy, veterinary visits and if anything it left over, towards his on-going monthly prescription food and supplement schedule necessay to support his liver.
“Dogs do not make our whole life but they make our lives whole” ~R.C.