Hello! My name is Sage and I’m 1 1/2 years old. I used to have a family, but then I got sick. I was really scared because I would start shaking really hard and I would bang my head on the floor over and over. It hurt a lot and left me really confused! My family brought me to the vet and they found out that I have this thing called idiopathic epilepsy, but they were told that there is no cure and the cause is unknown. I couldn’t believe my ears when my family said they “didn’t want to deal with a dog that had medical issues!” What??? They were just going to throw me out like garbage?? I thought family meant forever…… My friends at Husky House said that my epilepsy is severe. Sometimes I don’t feel too good. Actually, it’s a lot of the time that I feel this way. My body starts to twitch and shake and my arms and legs thrash around. I have no control, and I get so scared that my heart starts racing. Sometimes, this happens to me multiple times a day and it’s exhausting. The other day all I wanted to do was take a nap, but every time I tried to fall asleep I was awakened by another seizure. A lot of times when I was having a seizure, my foster mom would drive me around in her car because it made me feel a little better, but it’s not really working anymore.
Over the past ten months my doctors have put me on numerous medications, all of which have failed to control my seizures and make me feel really dopey and weird. I recently had an intravenous port implanted in my neck, which allows my foster mom to inject emergency medicine to stop my seizures right away. I have been hospitalized 6 times over the past three months. I hate going to the hospital because I’m all alone and I get scared. It seems that things just keep getting worse for me. There is this device called a vagus nerve stimulator. It is implanted in my body and it sends electrical impulses to my vagus nerve, which is connected to my brain. This device could help to reduce the frequency and severity of my seizures. There is one problem though, it is crazy expensive. A vagus nerve stimulator will cost around $20,000! If you could please find it in your hearts to make a donation, I would really appreciate it. I know that it’s SO much money, but I am still a baby I just want to play like a puppy. The other dogs get to do so much fun stuff and I often feel like I am left out of everything. Some of the other dogs at Husky House all get excited about being adopted and finding their forever homes, but I just want to have one day where I don’t feel sick all the time. I don’t think that’s a lot to ask. I wish my seizures would go away and just let me be a normal dog.
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