Nelson a beautiful Dogue de Bordeaux arrived at the sanctuary as a stray. It is obvious that he has had a really tough time lately arriving very malnourished with yeast infections, cysts on his front paws, and one very swollen and sore eye.
We started treatment immediately, with a good diet and antibiotics and once strong enough Nelson had surgery for Entropion. The surgery involved removing part of the eye lid that had turned in and was rubbing against his eye. Sadly, it may have been this way for some time. Nelson also had a severe ulcer on his eye which was causing so much pain it must have been unbearable.
The surgery was a success, but the ulcer continued to get worse and special drops every 2 hours had to be administered at the vets meaning hospitalisation and a longer stay than usual. Now back at Holly Hedge the medication continues including expensive cream for his Cysts and eye drops every few hours as well as going pain relief. The hospitalisation, surgery and continued medication has so far costs the sanctuary thousands.
A shy boy who jumps at every load bang, we cannot imagine what he has experienced, it breaks our hearts. All we can do now is provide him with a warm bed, good food, all the TLC and veterinary care he needs, and soon he will be ready to find his forever home.
To give him the best chance at life, Holly Hedge have funded his treatment and veterinary care, but this lovely boy has so far cost us over £1500 and the costs are rising daily. Holly Hedge is a completely self funded charity, relying on donations and fundraising to support the work we do. With running costs spiraling to over £616K per year and veterinary bills alone coming in at over £100k we are pleading to those that support to us to please donate as little as a £1 or as much as you can afford to help Nelson and others like him who would suffer without our help and give them the chance they so deserve. We will be forever grateful.
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