Help Tuck get well & feel better

Tuck is a 5 year old neutered and microchipped Red Nose American Pit-Bull Terrier. He was found in the Houston Heights 8/12/18,  starving, dehydrated and exhausted.  His eyes were in such bad shape, when we found him,  that he was walking around blind.  For now he is safe but he will be looking for a home once he is healthy and feeling better.  

Owners were contacted via chip.  Their response: “I don’t want him. Someone stole him six months ago.” Tuck was found with a leash attached, and in our opinion was not a bait dog, so it seems he was dumped months ago.  Maybe he was already ill when dumped, but 6 months on the street did him no favors. 

Tuck is heartworm positive and starting his 30 days of doxycycline (as of 8/13) before his treatment. Treatment for his heartworm is going to cost between $800-$1300. The lower cost, would treat his heartworm in the least aggressive manner, and take approximately 18-36 months.  The higher cost, which was recommended,  will come in three injections of Immiticide & additional doxycycline, and will take 1 year. The higher cost will also require blood work & x-rays of his heart,  since the medicine can be fatal if he has any other health problems. As of 8/13 Tuck is also now on HeartGard.

Tucks eyes are in bad shape,  the DVM is recommending  entropion surgery for both of them. His left is swollen shut, and we have to gently open both of them, because of the pain, to apply his medication.  After we apply the medicine to his eyes, he wags his tail and licks us. The surgery/procedure will cost $400 per eye, so $800 total. 

Tuck has a bad wound on his left hind leg. We think he was hit by a car, but the skin is gone is that area. We are doing hydrotherapy for that twice a day and the doxycycline should help clear up any infection he may have with regards to the wound.  Like any dog, Tuck doesn't appreciate the cone on his head but his health and spirit is getting better with each passing day. 

We are estimating Tuck's medical care at around $3,000.00, so if the fundraising amount increases, our goal is ideally $3,000.00 to cover procedures, x-rays, blood work , medication and food.

If you have any interest in adopting Tuck or can help in any way we would be so very grateful!

Thank you!

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Danny Reese 
Houston, TX
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