Emaciated Dog With Several Health Issues Needs Your Help To Heal

Emaciated Dog With Several Health Issues Needs Your Help To Heal

In celebration of World Veterinary Day (which is observed on the last Saturday in April), we are featuring Marlon. Read on to see how the amazing veterinary team at a Houston animal clinic is helping to save his life.

Meet Marlon.

Boston Terrier Rescue of Greater Houston received a call from a local shelter to help save an emaciated five-year-old Boston terrier in poor health.

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The sweet boy arrived as a stray extremely underweight with bloody diarrhea, significant hair loss on his face, and a skin mass on his right elbow. He was pale, weak, and needed immediate medical care.

He was brought to a local vet clinic where he was started on medication for his upset stomach and is receiving daily medicated baths to address his skin issues. Tests are still being performed to discover why Marlon is having so many health issues.

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He will need more tests and care until the problem is found. It will take months for his skin and body to recover, and he needs your support. Help Marlon regain his strength by donating towards his care.


Greater Good Charities' Emergency Animal Medical fund was contacted to help cover his medical bills. The fund is able to help dogs like Marlon with your continued support. Every day sick and injured animals arrive at shelters in desperate need of medical care. Together we can help them get the care they need and find loving homes.

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Dr. Amyx provided an update to the rescue on Marlon's condition. "Marlon has gained a little over 2 pounds and his appetite is really good. His malabsorption panel was normal which rules out pancreatic insufficiency. He still has somewhat loose stools but they are improved. His red blood cell count improved from 20 to 28, but it still needs to be around 35-40. He was sedated yesterday for skin biopsies and that went well. We should get the results back in about a week, and we will get him started on any necessary treatment. His skin has improved a little with antibiotics but is still definitely not normal. Marlon is going to start on a hydrolyzed protein diet and continue Tylosin for his stools and he will get injections of Iron and Vitamin B12. All in all, he's much more alert, active and stable."

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He is a fighter and continues to improve every day.

Pets receiving critical care facilitated by an Emergency Animal Medical grant may not be eligible for adoption until they have completed their course of treatment. If you would like to inquire about adoption of a specific animal, we strongly encourage you to visit the shelter’s specific website first as that is often the most up to date place to learn about available pets and review the adoption policies and process.

Help us meet our goal of $1,700 for Marlon. Your gift will not only give him the hope to keep fighting, but your donations will help cover his ongoing care.

Andrea Powell

Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast who resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.

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