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9/9/16 Update: Vivi has recently been diagnosed with Atypical Addison's. She has been placed on a daily dose of Prednisone and a monthly injection of B-12. Vivi will receive these for the rest of her life. She continues with the twice daily enzymes for EPI as well as a restricted diet for the IBD. Due to the recent diagnosis, Vivi needs to avoid stressful situations, including rescue events.
In spite of her medical needs, Vivi remains a sweet and loving dog who is happy to see her people each day and play with her fur-siblings.
4/28/16 Update: I guess I spoke too soon.....Vivi suffered a severe flare-up of her IBD and needed short-term hospitalization. It seems Vivi ate too much grass, causing inflammation in her gut thus triggering the flare-up of the IBD. She's doing better now, the meds and prescription diet are kicking in, sSe'll be back to her happy self in no time!
3/4/16 Update: Vivi continues to do well. She still requires enzymes with each meal, and meds must be kept on hand in the event of a "flare-up" (diarrhea), or she goes too long without eating. She can be a little temperamental when it comes to eating, sometimes requiring finding the right room in which to eat.
9/2 Update: Aviva - (Vivi), is a wonderful member of her foster's family! She LOVES the toy basket and will root around for just the right toy for the moment. Sometimes something fuzzy and squeaky, sometimes hard and chewable.
Aviva enjoys lounging in the house with her fur-siblings, or on the not-so-hot days resting beneath a large forsythia in the backyard......she's dug herself a nice hole in the ground perfect for an afternoon nap! Mention the word "walk" and Vivi will race you to the door and wonder why it's taking so long to get her leash on her! She loves the neighbors, big and small, and happily greets those along our path.
Vivi still needs close monitoring of her food intake (and output) and continues on the daily enzyme supplement to treat her EPI. And if she does happen to go too long without eating, she is given an appetite stimulant.
To read some of Aviva's past updates check out her page here.
Thank you to all of those who have given so generously to Vivi's medical fund.
Your donations will help ASR fund the necessary veterinary care to help Aviva.
Help spread the word about Aviva by printing a few of her flyers to hand out or post in your vet's office.
If you are interested in sponsoring Aviva or helping with her medical /dental care, donations are gratefully accepted via Paypal or by mail to P O Box 23231, Baltimore Md 21203)
Aviva and ASR thank you.
Thank you to David Diep for your donation! (6/29/14)
Thank you to Sunni Edinger for your donation! (8/17/14)
Special thanks to Dr. Daniel Negola, DVM, of Gaithersburg, MD for his generous rescue discount for Aviva's endoscopy & biopsies. Without this procedure, we would not have our diagnosis.
Thank you to the Brown family of Silver Spring, MD for covering the remaining balance for the endoscopy.