UPDATE: Toro had an MRI and spinal tap performed at the Texas A&M Veterinary Hospital on July 30, 2021. He has been diagnosed with SRMA (Steroid-Responsive Meningitis-Arteritis), a neurological disorder which affects the lining of the brain and spinal cord. The treatment is steroids and an immunosuppressant drug, cyclosporine. It is unknown if Toro will be able to gradually stop taking these drugs or have to take them for the rest of his life.
Toro has painful swelling of his neck and spinal cord. ASVT is raising money to help Toro's family pay for additional recommended procedures.
Toro (his name was Hans prior to adoption), a one year old Jack Russell mix, was surrendered to ASVT in July 2020 and adopted the same month. Beginning in December 2020, he began having severe pain as a result of swelling in his neck and spinal cord. Toro has been tested for distemper, pancreatitis, tick-born disease, parasites and more and all the results have indicated Toro has an "autoimmune disease". The steroids prescribed for his swelling have caused gastrointestinal problems. Toro is being cared for by the Texas A&M veterinary hospital. Their recommendations are an MRI and a spinal tap to identify the cause of his swelling and pain.
To date Toro's family has spent almost $5,000 trying to determine what is wrong with Toro. The estimated cost of the upcoming MRI and spinal tap is $3,200.
All donations will be sent to the Texas A&M veterinary hospital to help cover the cost of Toro's upcoming procedures. ASVT and one of our supporters has offered to match 100% of all donations received. Donate by clicking "Buy Now" or scan the QR code above. Checks should be made payable to ASVT with a memo noting the donation is to "Help Toro". The mailing address is PO Box 476, Montgomery TX 77356.
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