10.08.06

Echo Montgomery – severe liver and kidney disease

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 We rescued Echo from the local shelter in late June 2006. We took her, per normal procedure, to our northside rescue vet. Because she was not in need of any treatment or spay, she was ready to go to a foster home quickly. We decided to be her foster family and took her into our home. Very quickly it became apparent she was drinking an excessive amount of water (64 oz. in one day), and what goes in, must come out. We took her back to the vet for further diagnosis. It was determined that she had a UTI and her liver enzyme levels were abnormal. We took her back home and treated her for the UTI, but about a week later she became very lethargic, and pacing aimlessly. We rushed her back to the vet, and upon examination, set up an emergency admission to Texas A&M Vet Hospital. They found she has liver disease (probably failed to develop properly), polycystic renal disease, hydronephrosis, kidney cysts and other more minor ailments. They also found her stomach and spleen are located in the wrong quadrant of her body.

We brought her back home, and since that time, she has needed to see the vet only one time. This was due to toxin buildup which her small liver is unable to process and required administration of IV fluids. This was mid-September, and she has been doing well since then. She is on a daily special prescription diet (food which can only be obtained through a vet). She has three prescription meds administered daily. She will periodically develop a toxic overload and require IV fluids administered by a vet.

Despite all her medical problems, she is a very sweet little girl, very affectionate and active. In fact, if it were not for the large amounts of water she consumes, a person would not know she is not a normal, healthy dog. She is very young (approx. 3 yrs. old) and very small, weighing 7 – 8 lbs. She has a strong desire to live life to its fullest. She loves her daily walks and never meets a stranger. Although she is considered non-adoptable due to her medical problems and the fact that she will not live a full-term life, a special person who has the time to devote to her would find her to be an excellent companion.

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  1. Mike & Neva Gillum said,

    October 9, 2006 at 10:58 am

    We rescued Echo from the local shelter in late June 2006. We took her, per normal procedure, to our northside rescue vet. Because she was not in need of any treatment or spay, she was ready to go to a foster home quickly. We decided to be her foster family and took her into our home. Very quickly it became apparent she was drinking an excessive amount of water (64 oz. in one day), and what goes in, must come out. We took her back to the vet for further diagnosis. It was determined that she had a UTI and her liver enzyme levels were abnormal. We took her back home and treated her for the UTI, but about a week later she became very lethargic, and pacing aimlessly. We rushed her back to the vet, and upon examination, set up an emergency admission to Texas A&M Vet Hospital. They found she has liver disease (probably failed to develop properly), polycystic renal disease, hydronephrosis, kidney cysts and other more minor ailments. They also found her stomach and spleen are located in the wrong quadrant of her body.

    We brought her back home, and since that time, she has needed to see the vet only one time. This was due to toxin buildup which her small liver is unable to process and required administration of IV fluids. This was mid-September, and she has been doing well since then. She is on a daily special prescription diet (food which can only be obtained through a vet). She has three prescription meds administered daily. She will periodically develop a toxic overload and require IV fluids administered by a vet.

    Despite all her medical problems, she is a very sweet little girl, very affectionate and active. In fact, if it were not for the large amounts of water she consumes, a person would not know she is not a normal, healthy dog. She is very young (approx. 3 yrs. old) and very small, weighing 7 – 8 lbs. She has a strong desire to live life to its fullest. She loves her daily walks and never meets a stranger. Although she is considered non-adoptable due to her medical problems and the fact that she will not live a full-term life, a special person who has the time to devote to her would find her to be an excellent companion.

    What Echo needs most is a sponsor(s) to help defray her daily medication and diet costs, and, of course, the periodic need for vet treatment. This little girl loves life — help us to help her.

  2. Sherry said,

    October 22, 2006 at 8:24 am

    I emailed Echo’s foster mom last night and found out Echo is having a bad month. She is currently at the vet due to a buildup of toxins in her blood. She is receiving IV fluids to help hydrate her and clean out these bad toxins. Little Echo needs your help and prayers.

  3. Mike & Neva Gillum said,

    November 20, 2006 at 11:45 am

    We are now making homemade dog food for Echo (recipe for dogs with liver disease) and giving it to her, in combination with her Rx l/d food. She does very well on fresh fruits/vegetables and the homemade food. After doing a lot of research on liver disease, we have her on several supplements, as well as SAMe and Liv.52. She has been having fluids administered for the toxic buildup about every 30 – 35 days. We are now on day 31 (since the last vet visit for fluids) and see no gradual decline yet. Maybe we’ve found the right combination to help eliminate the regular vet visits. Time will tell. She is peppy, robust and full of mischief. What a girl. She never ceases to amaze us. Her will is so strong. After coming home, she makes us feel so missed and loved. She is ready to pounce on us and smother us with kisses.

  4. Echo's Foster Parents said,

    December 5, 2006 at 8:35 pm

    Hip, hip, hooray!!!!
    Echo is doing great today.
    With a passion to play and strong will to live,
    She blesses our lives with the love she gives.

    Echo is setting a record for herself. It has now been a month and a half since her last vet visit for fluids. She is showing no sign of distress. In fact, we wonder where she is getting all the excess energy. With the cold weather, she is now taking us for a drag, instead of us taking her for a walk. She is a tiny bundle of joy and sweetness! She is playing more with toys and really interacting with her foster sisters. She has a hearty appetite, and we have never had trouble getting her to eat anything. This is a great benefit in her favor. We can feed her fresh fruits and vegetables and anything else that is good for her. She can be found wherever the food is located. Hope springs eternal. You never know when someone might drop a bit of food, and she’s going to make sure she is right there to catch it.

  5. Echo's Foster Parents said,

    December 20, 2006 at 11:01 am

    SHE DID IT!!!!! Echo has set a record for herself today. It has been two months now since she has had a toxin build-up which required a vet visit for fluids. She is bouncing around like a normal, healthy little fluff. If it wasn’t for the excessive amount of water she drinks, one would never know anything is wrong with her. Our friends/family are amazed when they see how active she is, knowing her situation. Each day is just “another day in Paradise” for her. She loves life. She gets along well with her 3 foster sisters, loves to play with toys and loves her walks — a real puppy at heart. Life is good.

  6. Echo's Foster Parents said,

    January 21, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    Oh, how sweet it is!!!! Echo has now gone 3 whole months without a vet visit for fluids……Still going. I think we will nickname her EverReady. It has been 6 months now since Texas A&M vets asked if we wanted to put her down. She starts her day out by smothering us with kisses. After going outside to potty, she knows the routine. Into the kitchen for meds, wait 1 hr. before eating, and then the best part of the whole day……..FOOD. You can call her Echo, you can call her EverReady, you can call her anything at all, but don’t call her late for feeding. She gets so anxious to eat. She jumps up on my leg while I prepare her food and then she starts to bark with anticipation. She has a spring in her step, a wiggle in her hips and a wag in her tail. She says she is here for the long haul. And she makes the absolute most of every day. What a girl. We could learn a lot from her.

  7. Cat Martindale said,

    March 3, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    Hi Little Echo!

    I just signed up to be one of your sponsors! Your picture is so cute and you’re such a cutie pie! You tell your Foster Moomy thank you for taking care of you so well.

    Hugs and face licks!

    Cat Martindale and her boys!

  8. Echo's Foster Parents said,

    March 5, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    OMG!!!! Many, many thanks to Cat  (and her boys) for signing up to be a sponsor for Echo. Echo sends you lots of sloppy, wet kisses of thanks.

    Echo has now gone over 4 months since she required a vet visit for fluids. She says, “Nothing is stopping me now!” This little girl is awesome! It just goes to show you what good nutrition and a lot of TLC can do for one.

    Thank you again, Cat, from the bottom of Echo’s heart (and ours). It is soooo heart-warming to know that someone cares.

  9. Cat Martindale said,

    March 6, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    Is Echo a Dallas baby or do you live out of town? I travel alot for work, but would like to meet her when my schedule permits! I keep all my little sponsors in my prayers daily and feel so blessed to have been given my two boys Chachacha and Chugger, so if I can help any other babies just a little it’s great!

    Chugger’s a face-licker, so sloppy kisses from Chugger to Echo!

    Take care,

    Cat

  10. Echo's Foster Parents said,

    April 12, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    Echo continues to do great. It’s hard to believe now that 9 months ago Texas A&M gave her such a poor prognosis and offered to put her down for free to study her internal organs. We’ve even cut back on some of her supplements. She is on a good diet for the liver, and we are very fortunate in the fact that she is such a hearty eater and will eat ANYTHING. She would also eat all day, if we would let her. She even got a little pot belly for a short time until we cut her back to smaller meals twice a day. She is still very petite, weighing only 7 lbs.

  11. Echo's Foster Parents said,

    May 20, 2007 at 10:52 am

    Echo is still bouncing around, playfully, like a rubber ball. Cat, I hope you got my e-mail to you. I really would love for you to meet little Echo, and allow me the chance to thank you in person for your generosity. Your kind, loving spirit is what keeps this rescue and the volunteers going.

    Echo has checked her Day Planner and her 3-year calendar. She says she has no plans to go anywhere in the immediate future. If the right person were to come forward and want to give this little gal a good home, I honestly believe she would give that person a long-time reward of her bouncy, sweet presence. She requires a lot of water on a continuous basis and the availability to relieve herself. She is not on a difficult diet, and she is on only one daily supplement — no medications from a vet. This little girl is a real trooper. She wants to please, and she wants to be accepted. She loves being with the family members.

  12. Echo's Foster Parents said,

    June 13, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    Echo has not needed to be treated by a vet for 7 months now. She is doing so well and is so vibrant and full of life, we decided to put her on the Petfinder and try to find a home for her. It will take a special person to come forward and be willing to adopt and care for her, but we know there are adopters out there like this. The rescue has had adopters come forward to adopt older, blind, handicapped and “special needs” dogs before, so we believe there is a chance for Echo. This special person that would adopt Echo would be rewarded with a sweet, playful, loving little girl.

  13. Sheila Reynolds said,

    July 10, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    I saw Echo on your website this afternoon and was wondering whether she has been adopted? Inside, we have a rescue Shelty from Sheltie Haven and two rescue Peke-mixes from Mansfield Animal Control. Couch potatoes, every one of them. One of the Pekes (Sugar-bear) is 12 but we adopted her last month and she is great fun. Very loving. Very cuddly. She has cataracts and is hard of hearing – but then so am I. We also have two Beagle-mixes from Mansfield Animal Control who run all over our fenced-in yard and LOVE to go to Fort Woof doggie park in Fort Worth. I would very much like to be considered as a forever home for Echo. I am 60 with a husband and no small children. I think she would be a wonderful addition to our family. We have lots of love, Iam’s dog food, treats and toys to share. We are also interested in Belva – either of these lovely furballs would be a blessing to us and we promise we will give them a happy home. There’s a lot of love around our place. Not to mention an adult daughter who is at home all day and LOVES to cuddle with the dogs.

    Sheila Reynolds
    (817-909-3171)

  14. Cat Martindale said,

    July 22, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    Go Echo go!

    I saw your revised bio on Petfinder and you go little girl! I know you’ll make a great forever fluff for someone!

    We keep you in our prayers!

    Cat and the kids!

  15. Volunteers said,

    November 25, 2007 at 10:56 pm

    Echo is now on the “lend/lease program”. In our time of need, Nita stepped up to the plate and is now Echo’s designated foster mom in our absence. We have an agreement that Echo will come back to us if and when our situation stabilizes. As for now, Nita is taking excellent care of Echo. Nita and I talk on a regular basis. Nita gives us detailed updates on Echo, and we share information. Nita tells us that Echo seems to have springs in her bottom — the way she jumps, runs backwards, climbs and continues to be an active, happy and well cared for little gal. Because our personal situation took a drastic change that meant we could not take Echo with us, we were very concerned about Echo receiving the special care that she needs. We talked to Nita several times over the phone before handing Echo over to Nita. It didn’t take too much convincing (sight unseen) to know that Nita was the right person for Echo. With each report from Nita, we are more than convinced that a higher power had a big hand in how this all turned out. Echo is being spoiled royally by Nita and her husband. Nita cannot believe this little gal has so much spunk in her. Consequently, Echo has got Nita wrapped around her little paw. Nita’s life has now truly gone to the dogs. Echo has shown Nita what a true joy she is and how she loves life and lives it to the fullest. Echo is very happy with Nita and her husband, and we are happy for Echo.

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