Monday, December 20, 2010

Please Help Jasmine

If you read my blog, you already know Jasmine and you know that she is the inspiration behind the blog and my efforts to help other dogs and their owners.

Today Jasmine needs your help!

We had hit financial rock bottom and are at the end of the rope. If you're not that familiar with Jasmine's story, here is the short version.

Jasmine has been dealt an unfortunate hand regarding her health. With some issues starting at early age but never diagnosed, about two years ago the dam finally broke and we were overwhelmed with one medical issue after another.

It started with her tearing her left ACL. Before that could have been taken care of, a mass was found in her abdomen and for a while we were very scared it might have been cancer. Fortunately it turned out to be only an eosinophilic gastroenteritis, a form of IBD. She was also diagnosed with hypothyroid.

It was found that her other ACL was in a bad shape also, and that she had arthritis not only in both knees but also in her shoulders, neck and jaws. We did an extracapsular repair and stem cell therapy.

Just when her leg was looking really good, her other ACL went. So we had to go through the whole thing again. When her rehab was done and her legs were looking good, her episodes of panting, pacing and discomfort, which were progressively getting worse since she was three years old, got really bad.

We did all the diagnostics our vet could think of. Last thing to do was an x-ray of the heart. She had a bad reaction to one of the drugs, got severe hyperthermia and it fried her blood and her muscles. She couldn't stand up or walk on her own, and the next morning started peeing blood.

As we took her to the emergency we ended up at the teaching hospital. It turned out that apart from the trauma caused by the hyperthermia she also had a large abscess in her abdomen. It was a race against time—waiting for the platelets get high enough so surgery could be done as soon as possible. It took one week of hospitalization and another week of home recovery before she got back on her feet.

We've been at this for over two years now. 

Jasmine had total of 7 surgeries and 2 near death experiences. One thing gets fixed, something else goes wrong. Seeing a regular vet, TCVM vet and a physiotherapist, they all have constantly full hands.

We have spent over $50,000 on vet bills in the past two years and our resources are exhausted. Our truck is falling apart, our home is falling apart ... everything is.

Taking her to physio therapy with her latest muscle injury. Getting another stem cell treatment, this time for her elbow which got really bad.

And now on top of things she broke out with a skin infection. 

That seemed to have been clearing up but the other night, a week into her antibiotic treatment, another bunch of fur fell out leaving a red bald patch. I'm hoping it's just a fall out from the original infection but I'm worried what would happen if it isn't.

That means another vet visit and more diagnostics.

If you ever had a dog with a really bad skin disease, or seen one, you know why I'm worried.

When today I talked to my husband about seeing the vet again (saw him twice last week!) he really freaked out.

He is talking about putting Jasmine down as we cannot go on like this. 

I thought he was saying that just because he was upset, but later on he repeated that again. He seems dead serious.

Jasmine is so precious. She's smart, loving, caring, full of zest for life.

How could we end it just like that? 

The sad thing is that she has improved so much and she always manages to come out on top for the time being!

She is a fighter and she wants to live!

So many issues got resolved and she really could be around for a few more great years if some of these latest things got taken care of. But we are still spending on average about $2,000/month on her total vet bills (treatments, medications and supplements)!

I appreciate where my husband is coming from, but how can I let this happen? 

After all, it is just a skin problem this time? The big issue just being that it is one thing after another...

If we just could get through this one now and get some help getting back on our feet, everything could be ok.

Please, if you can, please help.


Thank you all dear friends who have helped!

Jasmine's skin seems to be under control, we will be working on figuring out the cause. We hope to figure it out and fix it before something else flares up. We will be starting with thyroid panel.

January 7th 2010
Blood was drawn on Monday. Got the T4 back  (20), still waiting for the other values.

Started a medicated bath regime, skin is holding up so far.

January 14th 2010
Jasmine's skin remains it a good shape with medicated baths and maintenance dose antibiotics. Those are upsetting her stomach though.

To make up for it, since Monday her both left legs were sore, it has to be something, doesn't it?

The thyroid panel is back and the results are rather inconclusive. The levels are in the low part of normal, we need to decide whether we should take steps in that direction or not and meanwhile look for other potential causes for the skin issues.

Her spirit is high though and she's loving life as ever.


  1. Jasmine and Jana you are NOT alone!!

  2. Dear Jana,

    I am so sorry to hear you are in this horrible situation. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

    I know you have a wonderful vet and many vet friends, but I would be happy to review her list of meds that she is on to see if we could think of anything that is available in generic form. This probably has already been done, but a new set of eyes is usually a good idea.

  3. Dear Judy, we indeed are not alone! I can't believe how much is already in the ChipIn and how much love and support Jasmine and I have received.

    We are so blessed with wonderful friends!

  4. Jasmine: I gave you a bit of my surgery fund. You need it more urgently than I do. Wishing you only the best. Min-Scher-HuaHua love kisses from Miss PishPosh! Hang in there!

  5. Hi Jana, I've blogged about Jasmine over at, and I'll keep tweeting for her too! Hope it helps!

  6. Dear Pish Posh, this means so much to us, I can't begin to express! Thank you so much, we are so blessed with wonderful friends!

  7. Houndcrazy, thank you so much! All the help and support we're getting is so overwhelming!

    I now know we will make it! God bless you all our wonderful friends!

  8. Hang in there Jana! Jasmine is a very special girl and she still has lots of life left and she's so very lucky to have such a caring and loving Mom! I know you'll get over this hurdle and then hopefully things will only get better. Hugs all around from me and Sandy, Jingles, Tiki, Max, Hemi, Spencer and Beau!

  9. Dear Luanne. She truly is! We are so touched how many people are helping and showing their support. It seems that the whole world loves Jasmine!

    All the help and support will help us get over the hurdle.

    Thank you all so much again and hugs to you and Sandy, Jingles, Tiki, Max, Hemi, Spencer and Beau!

  10. Just contributed to Jasmine's health fund. Not sure where you are but hopefully there is the opportunity to buy her meds from a drugstore/big box store vs. the vet...that could save you some money. Many of the stores carry dog/cat medications.

    Please give Jasmine a rottie hug from me.

  11. Dear Julie, thank you so much for helping!
    Yes, already working on alternatives, though she isn't on that many drugs. Most are supplements, herbs and treatments such as physiotherapy etc.

    She doesn't tolerate drugs well, so we say away from them as much as possible. Some still needed, such as antibiotics and pain meds right now, thyroid meds etc.

  12. Jana, my heart goes out to you, baby went so quickly we had no time to save, she was one minute playing in the park and 12 hours later in a coma that I had to let her go, I had no option, IMHA took from me when she was just 6 years old.
    I will say a pray for you and your family - G-d Bless

  13. Dear Shelly, thank you so much!

    Yes, some things hit hard and fast, IMHA is definitely one of them, so sorry to hear about your baby.

    Thank you so much for your prayers and support!

  14. Oh dear! I feel sorry for you. I will feel good if could be able to serve you. You can consult other vets too. I used services from vet meds when my pet was under the weather. I found them good at service. You can buzz them also for help.

  15. Jana,
    I have always been inspired by your posts as well as by your fervor and love towards Jasmine. While I myself am financially strapped as well, I will definitely help spread the word about your need. I'll start saving my pennies too!

    Keeping you and yours in my thoughts. Give my love to Jasmine.

  16. I wish you and Jasmine the best. I know she will come through OK. Like you said, she is a fighter! And so are you!

  17. Hang in there - my thoughts and heart is with you. I wish I could give more.

  18. Dear Ashley, thank you so much! I couldn't love Jasmine more if she was my own flesh and blood. Thank you so much for helping!

  19. Thank you, Lindsay, I guess for my husband it was the straw that broke camel's back. But now when he's seeing all the help and support pouring in he to feels better.

  20. Dear Apryl. We appreciate your help from deep in our hearts!

  21. Dear Alvin, you know what they say about the straw breaking the camel's back. You keep going until you can't...

    But now, with all the help and support from all wonderful friends, we got new hope and new strength.

    Thank you so much for the support and advice!

  22. Dear Jasmin, I wish you a better 2011!. Keep fighting, Jana needs you. Socrates-with Mirela's help

  23. Dear Jasmin, Keep fighting, Jana needs you. A wish you a better 2011. Best, Socrates(with Mirela's help)

  24. Dear Mirela and Socrates, thank you so much!! (((hugs)))

  25. I'm glad Jasmine's skin is doing better. Keeping my fingers crossed for good results on the blood work