Please note: The dogs in ODH's Final Refuge care are not adoptable due to medical reasons and all are in permanent homes. Your sponsorship supports the veterinary expenses for these dogs - and we thank you!
Journey is a Chinese crested powder puff (at least we think so). When he arrived at his Old Dog Haven Final Refuge home, Journey had terrible skin issues that had caused several bald spots. He was also severely anemic and the doctors were very concerned his bone marrow was not making red blood cells correctly.
Old Dog Haven decided to use the Maranda Fund so Journey could have a bone marrow biopsy. The results came back with wonderful news – Journey’s bone marrow was working just like it was supposed to! His diagnosis was the autoimmune disease immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA), which means his immune system destroys its own red blood cells.
Sweet Journey was put on prednisone and Atopica. Blood work was done every two weeks and his red blood count continued to go up. After a couple of months his red blood cell count was in the normal range and has continued to stay there. We have recently taken him off the prednisone and reduced the Atopica to once a day.
His ODH mom says, “Journey now has quite the pep in his step. His coat has started to come back in very soft and with some curl to it. The bald spots are now covered with his new soft coat. We are so thankful to Old Dog Haven for letting us care for him. He is now safe, loved, warm, comfy, and his medical issues are being taken care of.”
Update: Journey is doing wonderful. Without the Maranda Fund, I’m not sure Journey would still be around. He needed a bone marrow biopsy to diagnosis the type anemia that he has. His IMHA is completely under control and we are only doing blood work every 6 months now. He was diagnosed hypothyroid in March of 2019. At first he was regulated no problem, but this year we have had to increase his medicine twice. After getting that regulated his energy level did increase. He actually gets the” zoomies” now. It’s great to watch both of my ODH dogs doing the “zoomies”. Great medical care, good food, soft beds and all the love we fosters can give. Which of course these dogs more than deserve. Thank you supporters!
Journey is sponsored by:
- Rebecca Gray - Lifetime Sponsor
- Jean S Morgenweck of Littleton, CO - Lifetime Sponsor
- Kirsten Daniels of Edmonds, WA (04/30/2024)