Frankie: when hope seems to slip away

At the shelter

At the shelter

This past Thursday, September 11th, we received an urgent phone call from a local animal shelter.
Here is the message:

“We have a 1 year old shih-tzu who’s eye looks like it may have ruptured. Any chance you could take him? He is brown and white. Not neutered of course. Currently on  meds for kennel cough.”We asked for a photo.They sent one, this one.  It’s hard to tell much other than he is a mess.  They had just given him a bath.

So, we called our veterinarian to see if they could squeeze him in on an already busy Thursday.
A volunteer offered to provide transportation from the shelter to the veterinarian.
While we waited for the news we put out an urgent message on facebook asking for someone to foster him.If you are on facebook, you may have seen our post.

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Frankie's DrugsCheck out all the drugs Frankie is on!  He is also now on Clavamox, an expensive antibiotic that will help heal his eyes as well as the Upper Respiratory Infection he picked up at the animal shelter.

Frankie’s Drugs
Check out all the drugs Frankie is on!

He is also now on Clavamox, an expensive antibiotic that will help heal his eyes as well as the Upper Respiratory Infection he picked up at the animal shelter.

The remaining eye looks terrible!  It is painful for me to even look at it.

But, as the vet said, “Just do your best because we may or may not be able to save the remaining eye.”

frankie_sept_15_2014 (2)Recovery Phase One
Frankie is resting and doing well.

He has settled into his foster home well.
His surgery for neuter and removing the eye was followed by him spending most of the weekend doing an imitation of a slightly smelly rug.
He is enjoying cuddling on his doggy bed, or better yet that awesome chair! frankie and his cone sept 16 2014

We did have a burp in his progress.  Due to rubbing his eyes: the missing one as well as the remaining one we are trying to save, he is now a conehead!

Frankie has a long ways to go.
Once he is healed from this, which will hopefully be soon, we can have him groomed which will give him a handsome look and a much better smell.

Then he has an extensive dental to look forward to.  His teeth are in horrible shape which is also creating problems for Frankie.

$$ Oh, the Dollar Signs $$

All this vetting, eye removal, neuter, and then a dental, the drugs, the grooming, more drugs and more vetting, well, it all adds up to a mighty sum!

frankie_sept_15_2014 (1)In fact, when all is said and done, his expenses will be bigger than Frankie!

Can you help?  Each and every donation matters, be it $5 or $50 or more.

 


 

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