Coughing so bad he couldn’t drink water, this little guy had numerous emergency room visits until the right doctor was found.

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About the Campaign

Poor Bo was coughing non-stop

Got so bad he could not eat or even drink

Ana got Bo from the animal shelter in Queens, New York in 2011. She has had him since, taking him with her through school, a move to Brazil, and now to Los Angeles. He is 14 years-old but usually very active and happy, with the spirit of a much younger dog.

In April of this year he started coughing. He would gag and even choke. He was not eating, and even drinking became difficult. This started a series of visits to the emergency room at VCA in West Los Angeles. They could do tests, give him some medication and sending him home.

But after a short time, usually a few weeks, the cough would come back, get worse and worse, and Bo was off the the emergency room again. In all Ana spent over $3000 on this back and forth, and with her vet as well. Bo was not getting better, and he was clearly suffering. There were times when he would cough all night, never stopping.

In June Ana changed vets and took Bo to MASH (Metropolitan Animal Speciality Hospital). Bo was having trouble even breathing, and when admitted spent days in a special oxygen chamber. There Bo came under the treatment of a specialist, Dr. Stikeman, who was able to determine that Bo had a three major problems that were all compounding together: Chronic bronchitis, a collapsing trachea and hyper tension. The doctor’s treatment worked, and Bo make a strong recovery!

What is needed now

Bo has been doing very well for the last two weeks, since being discharged July 17th. He is on number of medications, including an inhaler, which is much more effective and puts less pressure on his kidneys than a pill. But he needs a recheck with some expensive but very important tests in a few weeks. Also, his medications are expensive.

Ana is a writer, and the writer and actor strike means she is out of work. In total she has spent over $10,000 on Bo, much of this on credit. She has no funding left available. Bo’s tests, follow up and treatments are estimated to be about $2200 and then he will need about $700 for medications going forward. Bo is making a really good recovery, so if he can get through this next month he may be all in the clear, and only need minor medications going forward. You can read the doctor’s report here: Discharge_Letter_For_Bo

All donations are for Bo, and paid only to MASH for his follow ups and medications. No donations are paid to the owner. If you can help Bo finish up this treatment he needs, please consider a kind donation to him 🙂

Vet charges for Bo’s care (click to enlarge):

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  • Judy Boyko

    I have a foster who was abandoned by the rescue and will not pay for his care and he coughs so much sometimes I think hes going to have a heart attack.. the vet I went to says he has a heart murmur and is on medication but it sure doesnt seem to be helping him and I wonder if there is more to his problem ….

    August 2, 2023 at 7:38 am Reply

  • Anna Bellesheim

    Hoping for a recovery for Bo

    August 11, 2023 at 3:06 pm Reply

  • Debbie Anderson

    Praying for sweet little Bo’s full recovery.

    August 14, 2023 at 4:30 pm Reply

  • Laura Anjoorian

    My little Bella is going thru the same thing. It sucks!! Hang in there & feel better. ❤️

    August 28, 2023 at 1:25 pm Reply

  • Salvatore Marino

    Bo, I hope you feel better!

    August 30, 2023 at 10:41 am Reply

  • Livia Scott

    I love little Bo <3 ~ wishing you guys all the best.

    August 31, 2023 at 12:54 pm Reply