Coquitlam, B.C., CANADA –In an attempt to save their dog’s life, who was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma at the beginning of this year, a family is doing everything in their power to find a canine stem-cell donor.
Jasper, the 9-year old Goldendoodle started chemotherapy treatment, but his family knows this is not a cure but a short prolongation of life. And they are buying time with it while they find an alternative. They think stem-cell therapy can be the answer and so they found a clinic across the border that performs that procedure.
The Bellingham Veterinary clinic is one of the few places that perform it but it is very expensive. The procedure costs between $15,000 and $18,000 since it is relatively new; it began be conducted on dogs 12 years ago.
But even with the money, it’s not that simple to be a candidate for the therapy. It is important to find the right donor, and this means, it has to be a sibling born from the same litter. A half sibling can also work although with less chance of compatibility.
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And even if they find the right donor, the chances of the therapy working are 50/50. But for Jasper’s family, this gives them more hope than what they are getting with the chemotherapy and for them, that’s the only reason they need to give it a shot.
So now they are in a mission to try to find Jasper’s siblings and that’s why they created a Facebook page to track them down. They are urging anyone with a Goldendoodle born in Langley, B.C on July 9, 2006 to a breeder named Christine Filipczyk to contact them. Jasper’s mother was a Golden retriver named Bella and his father a white poodle named Romeo.
They have had an amazing response and they even managed to track down three of Jasper’s siblings, but unfortunately they were not a match. So the search is still on and maybe we can help them by sharing this story and spreading the word. You never know where a post can reach and hopefully this time, it will reach the right donor they need to try to save Jasper’s life.
If you think your pet may be a match (or you know someone that could have the donor), you can contact his family at firstname.lastname@example.org.