About the Campaign
Dexter is young still,
but has Cushing’s Syndrome.
Dexter is about 8 years-old, still fairly young to get Cushing’s Syndrome (you can read about Cushing’s here), a condition where the body produces too much cortisol leading to bloating, lethargy, and numerous other problems. It must be treated or the dog can die, and in any case the quality of life suffers greatly.
Dexter was rescued as a puppy, his mother was sick and the entire litter could not be nursed. He also had a number of health issues as a young dog, but he got vet treatment for those, and recovered. When Dexter was only 1.5 years-old he had a serious infection, and his family even sold one of their two cars to help pay for his treatment and hospitalization.
Dexter as a puppy
Dexter’s owners are 62 and 69 years-old, but they adopted a child named Ryker back when Dexter was still a puppy, and Dexter and Ryker have become best friends. The family thinks they are especially bonded because Ryker has no other siblings, and his parents are really grand-parents! Dexter is a very sensitive to Ryker, and goes with him every where. So, the family really hopes that Dexter can live a fairly normal and happy life with Ryker for at least a few more years while Ryker grows up, and thus getting Dexter treated properly for Cushing’s is doubly important to them.
Dexter and Ryker
Dexter is already on a preliminary medication, Vetoryl, and has been responding well to it. The medication is about $75 a month, but monthly blood-tests are needed and sometimes x-rays and other tests as well. Dexter is still in early stages of diagnosis where he needs regular testing as medication is adjusted. The veterinarian has told us to expect monthly costs of $300-$500 for the time being, though these will hopefully come down as testing is needed lest often once Dexter’s medicine is fully sorted out.
His parents are both retired with health issues of their own, with the husband being a retired warehouse foreman. They have spent well over $1000 getting Dexter this far, and living on a fixed and limited income do not have the money to pay for his treatments and tests… and remember they are also raising an adopted child!
All donations are held by us at Free Animal Doctor and only paid to the veterinarian when Dexter gets his tests and medications. We never pay money to the owners. Your donation is for Dexter and will be paid only to his vet! We are estimating about $3000 for a year for Dexter. This amount should see him through the tests needed to get his medications properly adjusted and then a steady and stable prescription. Once the proper medication and dosage is determined, Cushing’s is a manageable condition, and when have known many dogs that have had normal, happy lives for many years with this syndrome!
Click any of the vet documents below to enlarge them for easier reading
Some of the recent bills the family has paid for Dexter:
Estimate for a single visit, which may be needed monthly for a while: