Joey (a senior Jack Russell Terrier) rescued in May of 2018, from “Pinellas County, FL” animal control by a local rescue. When asked if I would adopt Joey, I gladly accepted him into my home.
I took Joey to University of Florida for a complete physical.
After Joey’s physical UF discovered he had “mitral valve disease.” Cardiology prescribed “pimobendan” a drug that helps with mitral valve disease. Joey did well, and would go to UF every 6 months for echocardiograms and full physicals.
During one of his visits, other issues were noted concerning Joey’s health. He was diagnosed with pancreatitis. He was put on a special diet that I prepared for Joey according to UF’s integrative medical department. Joey was doing great with his heart and pancreas and then cancer struck his liver. He had surgery and the cancer was successfully removed. I continued taking Joey to UF for ultra sounds, chest X rays and full physicals when they discovered his cancer returned. I was informed that nothing could be done at this time due to Joey’s age. I then took Joey to Blue Pearl in Clearwater since my car was having mechanical issues. Blue Pearl also has veterinarians specializing in oncology, cardiology, among other specialties. Joey was put on palladia for his cancer and everyone believed Joey was back on track, until one night he had a seizure and after taking him to emergency at Blue Pearl they diagnosed that his cancer had gone to his brain. Treatment or surgery could not be performed, due to his age plus the advancement of the disease. It was time to let Joey go. This was heart wrenching, and the only solace I cling to is that Joey is at peace.
2 Dogs on a Mission a 501©(3) charity, has organized this fundraiser. Donations are tax deductible. We will purchase vests to support our K 9’s that dedicate their lives to keeping us safe!