Taz's journey has not been easy. He was born a cryptorchid and needed to have that taken care of at a young age. He developed very serious digestive and bowel issues by age 2 and a half and after spending lots of time and money on finding the right food and doing tests, he was diagnosed with EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Disorder) and battled long and hard to become stable. WE battled long and hard and spent all extra money on special foods and medicines for Taz.
A little over a year ago Taz was taken to NC State Vet School to have his teeth looked at by a specialist, as they were wearing down more quickly than normal. During that visit, the specialist found a cancerous mass in Taz's mouth, that we later found out was an aggressive form of cancer. They got all of the mass and Taz has gone back for two follow up surgeries and check ups since then. Luckily things are still clear in that department.
Now, Taz has not only worn his teeth down dangerously low, but he has also BROKEN two of his canine teeth! The jagged edges are cutting his lips and causing them to bleed, which is most definitely not comfortable to say the least. He will need to have his teeth repaired and prepped for titanium crowns that will protect them from further damage, or damage to his jaws and facial muscles that could occur from the injury.Taz needs this extensive dental surgery to fix his teeth and it is financially more than I can handle, so I am reaching out for help.
Taz has protected me, guarded me and been my best friend and companion for almost 8 years. He has saved me from a copper head snake, protected his foster sisters from aggressive dogs, scared away ill-meaning people, calmed my nasty panic attacks, chased away my tears and never, ever left my side.
Help me help my best friend, please. Every dollar helps.
- Don P.
- The Hamlin Girls
- Taz's Aunt Debra, Uncle Tim and Cousin Piper
- Meredith Wendell
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