Almost 12 years ago, Sam and Doug welcomed into their family a tiny Boston Terrier they ironically named Bruiser. Sam still refers to him as "the best thing that ever happened to her", and despite the demodectic mange he was born with, as well as several gastric intestinal issues, he grew healthy and had the best personality a dog could have. Bruiser is not only the sweetest dog, but also the best behaved dog you'd ever meet, totally hilarious and the biggest comfort... he's His Mom's shadow and always knows how to comfort her. We were shocked when almost 3 years ago we noticed something wasn't right and his diagnosis was Cushings Disease. He lost his fur, his appetite, and the sparkle in his eye. The vet assured them that this wasn't life threatening and he wasn't in pain, and many pet owners choose not to treat this disease due to the high cost of medication. But Sam and Doug weren't willing to risk the well being of Bruiser who is a part of their family. They would do whatever it took to make sure he was happy and healthy, and after several tests and medication tweaks, he not only began playing and eating again, but his fur came back thicker than ever.
Last night Sam and Doug rushed Bruiser to Penn's emergency vet after he collapsed on his way to bed. After waiting until 4am for some piece of information on what caused this and having to leave Bruiser in the Er scared and alone, today he was Diagnosed with a type of liver cancer Called “Liver Tumor Defuse". He is bleeding out into his abdomen and has 4-5 tumors on his liver. He has been x-rayed and had ultrasounds and there is the high possibility he will need several blood transfusions. The Drs have had more information as the hours go by, but from the moment we left him last night they anticipated a long hospital stay.
Bruiser is sadly not a candidate for surgery, because of how many large tumors are now attached to his vital organ, and we do not want to put him through painful Chemotherapeutic treatments and radiation which with his specific cancer, may have little effect.
There is a new treatment he IS a candidate for called Chemo Embolization. They will inject treatments into his tumors. It’s not very common, BUT so far the success is pretty good, limited pain and recovery and not as expensive as surgery.
Some of us choose to not have children, yet adopt Animals into our lives as children. We promise to feed and shelter them and love them as our own. We raise and care for them. They become a part of our lives and our families. The bonds between us and our Dogs are special and deep. So when medical issues happen, we fall into the trap of an incredibly expensive realm with no options other than, pay or say goodbye. Which if given treatment options, should never be a decision we have to make. Sam and Doug have already maxed out their credit cards putting down the deposit for their baby to try and fight for his life. The bills are estimated to be double what has already been paid, but for Sam and Doug, like many other fur baby mom and dads out there, they will do whatever it takes to give their baby a fighting chance.. their best shot.
Bruiser is more than a dog. He is a son and grandson, he is a calming presence and a comfort to his mom and dad. And he is, and will always be, the best thing that ever happened to them. And he's not ready to give up his fight.
So please, if you can, donate to save BRUISER! If you cannot, please share this with someone who may be able to. No donation is too small and everything received is proof that he has a fighting chance.
~ Bruiser’s Family.
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