What can you say about a 7 month old puppy that was dropped off at Floyd County Animal Control barely able to walk? What was the owner thinking would happen to this baby? Ares came to us as an adorable puppy with limited mobility but his disability never affected his spirit and love of life. Ares is a happy playful boy that loves his foster sisters and every human that he meets. How can I describe the fear, frustration, anger and complete sadness over the diagnosis of a degenerative neuro-muscular disorder for this happy go lucky guy? My first reaction is we are going to fight to find out what it is and cure it! All of my respected vets have told me that knowing what the illness is, will not change the outcome of a poor long term prognosis causing his condition to deteriorate over time. When we first got Ares, we hoped it was lack of muscle development due to being crated far too long. Ares has been through massage, acupuncture, hydro-therapy, multiple tests both with a local vet and at the UGA Vet Hospital and countless medications. At first, Ares showed some signs of improvement but about 6 weeks into it, he started regressing. We have had 3 appointments at UGA vet hospital and we are trying one final test that is really a shot in the dark. Every vet we have consulted has given us the same answer: degenerative neuro-muscular disorder. Ares' foster mom(who is far braver than I) has promised to continue with the multiple vet appointments and give him as much care, comfort and love as he deserves. We don't know how long Ares has but we want him to know there is love and that we won't give up on him. The vets at UGA think a cart and physical therapy could keep him mobile and mentally healthy longer. Our local vet will rent us a cart for him but we need funds for both.
We are strapped financially, Ares medical bills have topped $4300.00 to date and we have recieved $1045 in donations. The break down: bi-weekly hydro therapy $200 each visit, acupuncture and skeletal balancing(almost $2600) and the testing at our first vet and UGA($1100), elbow pads because he had hygromas on both elbows as well as a harness($250) and used cart is $ 450.
To donate to his medical fund please visit https://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/ares-mystery-medical-fund/316842
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