Deuce will be 8 years old in October, diagnosed with grade II mast cell tumors in May 2013.
We sometimes think of Deuce as our housewarming gift. When we purchased our first house we already had 2 dogs, Roxy, a pit bull who is now 12 years old and Zipper, a rescued pit bull terrier who is now 11 years old. While in the pet store, my husband was deciding what new fish to add to our tank, I wandered back to the puppies for sale. It was then that I seen this cute little pug puppy sitting in the cage all by himself and of course I couldn’t leave without him. Deuce got to spend our first Christmas in our new house together as a family.
On a regular scheduled visit to the vet we noticed a red swollen lump on the inside of Deuce’s ear. We thought maybe he had been bit by something. The vet recommended Benadryl and to keep an eye on the swelling. A few weeks later we went for a follow up as the lump was still there. The vet then suggested we have the lump tested for cancer. After waiting for what seemed like eternity we got a call letting us know that it was a mast cell tumor and because of its difficult location she needed to refer us to an oncologist to find out our next steps. I was in shock. Deuce showed no signs of being sick. He is always full of energy, running around, playing with his brother and sister (Roxy & Zipper) and has always been our door greeter. He loves to go for walks and always has to have a leg to lie on.
After visiting the oncologist we were overwhelmed with all the options for testing, medications, surgery, and treatment and could only think about how we were going to afford it all. Doing nothing wasn’t an option. We will do all that we can for him that our funds allow so that he can have the longest and most comfortable life possible. To some his is just a dog but to us, he is our son!
Since diagnosis, Deuce has had surgery to remove 7 mast cell tumors. He does get a little sick with sedation and anesthesia so recovery takes a little longer but recovery has went well. He hasn’t missed a beat and you would never know that he was sick other than his battle wounds (scars). In the weeks to come, with the help from Canine Cancer Awareness, Deuce will begin chemotherapy. Please keep him and everyone else that has had to deal with this horrible disease in your thoughts and prayers. We could not do this without all of the support from our friends and family.
We can’t thank Canine Cancer Awareness enough with us already having spent over $4,000, using the resources available to us we are beginning to wonder how much more we can do.
Thank you for your support,
—Crystal, Josh, Deuce, Roxy & Zipper
The CCA Board of Directors has allocated $1000 to help pay the costs of Deuce’s treatments. Please help Deuce receive the treatment that he needs. Any sponsor donations made on behalf of Deuce will be used to pay unpaid invoices and the checks will be sent directly to Deuce’s vet.
To help sponsor treatment, you can click on the PayPal donate button below or send a check to:
Canine Cancer Awareness, Inc.
44 Devoe Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
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