Kevin, a 2-year-old hound mix has been in the UK since May 2016 and was adopted via Wild at Heart Foundation from Cyprus.
Like every stray he had a difficult start to life but even more so by his development being hampered by contracting parvovirus, which compromised his immune system. Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can produce a life-threatening illness.
When Kevin arrived in the UK he had a cough, and it was assumed that Kevin had contracted kennel cough in transit. However, the cough continued to re-occur. Kevin was referred to a specialist, and after undergoing extensive tests and investigations (including X-rays, CT Scan and bronchoscopy) Kevin was diagnosed with bronchiectasis.
Bronchiectasis is a form of chronic lung disease, which make Kevin extremely susceptible to infection. The vet believes Kevin was born with this condition or it was caused by the parvovirus. Kevin is currently battling streptococcus pneumoniae. His current symptoms are chronic cough, lack of appetite, and lethargy.
The complexity of his condition means that Kevin will never be 'cured' and will be life limiting. However, the vet has confirmed that management of infection is key and if properly managed Kevin can enjoy a good quality of life. In order to monitor his progress further tests and investigations will have to be repeated in the future.
In addition to all of this, Kevin's insurers have declined cover, on the basis that as Kevin had a cough when he arrived, the condition is deemed to be 'pre-existing'. To date, tests and treatment have cost Helen and Lee in excess £4000. They have used all their savings to date to fund ongoing treatment.
They really need assistance to help give Kevin a good quality of life moving forward.
Helen says: “Kevin has a huge character. There has not been a single day since we've had him that he has not made me laugh. When he is well he is 110%. He is such an amazing dog and it breaks my heart that he is so poorly - we really just want to do everything we can for him.”
We know how hard it can be for someone who’s dog is ill. We believe that a dog can lift our mood, change our day, keep us active and transform a house into a home. They are our fierce protectors, guard us and perform heroic feats. They offer freely what humans can spend a lifetime learning, which is to love unconditionally. They save our lives in many ways.
At the Foundation we have a commitment to the health and well being of every dog we bring over for adoption and we’d like to support Helen and Lee to raise some funds for Kevin’s vet bills.
Our target is to raise £2000; just 286 people donating £7 will make a real difference to Kevin’s prognosis.
Help us to help him, give Kevin seven.