Dexter is a young boy's best friend, but Dexter has a serious medical problem.
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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

Financial situation

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!

The family

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:


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  • Cydna Bellamy

    Hi Dexter and family. My girl is on here as well for Cushings. I totally wish this could be more but perhaps giving a little push will help. Hang in there little buddy!

    April 25, 2021 at 11:56 am Reply

    • Marsha

      Thank you so much for your help. Sorry to hear that your baby has Cushings too. I will keep both our babies in our prayers.

      May 2, 2021 at 5:49 am Reply

  • Mitch Marich

    We know another Boston with Cushings.

    April 29, 2021 at 9:53 pm Reply

    • Marsha

      Thank you for your gift. Cushings is a challenging illness and we appreciate your donation for Dexter.

      May 3, 2021 at 7:44 pm Reply

  • Dana Haveson

    Get well soon Dexter!

    May 2, 2021 at 8:58 am Reply

    • Marsha

      Thanks to all the generous people like you, Dexter will have the opportunity to get good Vet care and feel better. Thank you so much!

      May 3, 2021 at 7:48 pm Reply

  • Dominique Margolis

    The bond between a child and a dog is wondrous.

    May 6, 2021 at 9:14 pm Reply

    • Marsha

      I love that saying. Thank you greatly for your donation and the gift of such beautiful words.

      May 7, 2021 at 11:08 am Reply

  • Marsha Jorgensen

    I want to sincerely thank every person who donated funds to our beloved Dexter. This money will assist us in providing the medical care that is required to keep Dexter living a normal life for the next several months. This campaign has been such a blessing to our family and it warms our hearts to know that there are so loving and generous people in the world. With all our gratitude. The Jorgensen family

    May 31, 2021 at 11:23 am Reply