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...Wanted to update the last comment. Ginger is in the end stages of an immunological/dermatological condition and very ill. Still, my hashtag if I had one for this is #IHateDiseaseI wanted to post some photos of her 'in better days.' Thank you to all who visit. Wishing health and happiness to all.lg (weak smile.)
Sending warm thoughts from NC. We've been through such heartache ourselves. Lovely tribute to beautiful Ginger.
Due to the extensive cost of care for her condition (which had flared up and was endangering her quality of life) we have given her up to a local Collie Rescue Organization (of very high caliber) that uses unlimited resources to get (all) necessary treatment for a dog. :-( We are very sad, but in some sense, thankful for a viable option. I actually am quite devastated in having to give her up. Karen
Oh my - so sorry, lg. That's so sad and heartbreaking that you had to give her up, but sounds like the best thing for her right now. Can you visit? Hugs!
Oh dear:-( God Bless.
We had problems getting her accurately diagnosed and treated after seeing 4 vets our self for her. Then, her condition overtook her rapidly and while waiting for a consultation by a specialist/dermatologist, she became so ill we thought we had no other option other than to give her to a group that has immediate access and unlimited resources for care. A sad, difficult decision for our family but we felt it had...to be done at this time, unfortunately. She is now getting the best medical care and rapid intervention. Karen
Definitely not fun. Karen
What a beautiful, beautiful dog. I do feel for you but you have to do the best for that sweet creature. God bless you.
Thank you Kay. You are so kind. Let us hope the dog (Ginger) (indeed) gets well. It is what I am hoping for and it will be the outcome I desired.
Any updates, lg?
Lynn, You have a nose for news. After 6 hours of treatment and blood drawn and sent out(and treatment again this week) the tentative Dx is possible canine lupus with an suppressed immune system leading to canine demodicosis (caused by a genetic or immunologic disorder.) That translates to lifetime treatment to suppress mite proliferation (which in dogs without an immune system deficit they can control.) When there is a definitive Dx I will know more. In the mean time, she is getting weekly treatment for the above.
Biopsies of her face and her chest yesterday.:-/
After confirmation through 3 biopsies, sadly, my dear Ginger sweet girl has been diagnosed as having DM (or Familial Canine Dermatomyositis.) This is an inherited, incurable inflammatory disease of the skin and/or muscle. It is an autosomal dominant genetically inherited condition, with genetic link studies in collie dogs still underway. She is receiving medicated bathes and medication at this time, and the best possible outcome would be that her condition would be brought under control by these means. I will know more as we follow her. lg
Photos of dear Ginger, in better days. You can see the condition beginning (in a mild fashion) on her nose in the photo of her standing in her (winter) pool! What a lovely, kind and intelligent creature...I love her so. My dear, sweet girl.lg
New Bern, NC 1790-ish.