July 14, 2014 - Sebastian now weighs 67.7 pounds - 17 pounds more than when he arrived in late April! His ears and skin continue to improve although his eye meds are still needed to keep him comfortable. In addition, his activity level has increased and he has started to play fetch (although he won't bring the ball back)!
July 5, 2014 - Sebastian had a recheck appointment with the vet last week and his ears are much improved! His energy level has increased and he needs to gain approximately five more pounds to reach a healthy weight. Sebastian is a lucky guy in many ways - what golden wouldn't like the opportunity to eat MORE food?
June 20, 2014 - Sebastian is such a good patient for his eye and ear medications that his ears are clearing up nicely! Since our last post, Sebastian has gained three more pounds and, although his endurance is limited, he enjoys short walks around the neighborhood.
June 14, 2014 - Meet Sebastian, a sweet senior transferred to As Good as Gold from a central Illinois rescue. Left alone in a home for more than a month, Sebastian was dangerously thin and covered with fleas; had inflamed and irritated skin, and an ear infection; and had a number of other concerns to be addressed by one of AGaG's veterinary partners.
After a complete medical exam, Sebastian was found to be unneutered with severe dental disease that would require one or more tooth extractions and a number of lumps and bumps to be removed. Unfortunately, Sebastian's health at intake in late April required that he first receive some TLC from a loving foster family and good quality food as well as a soft bed to rest his emaciated body.
Sebastian's foster mom describes him as a sweetheart, noting he just wants to be loved, likes the couch better than his big bed, and is a hearty eater. By the end of May, Sebastian had gained enough weight to undergo additional medical treatment. He was neutered, his teeth were cleaned with one extraction, and had two growths removed. One of the growths was an estrogen-producing tumor, which caused enlarged nipples and hair loss but the vet tells us that removal was curative. Although the majority of his medical concerns have been addressed, Sebastian continues to be treated for allergies, ear infections, and dry eye.
Thanks to your generous support Sebastian, and other senior dogs like him, receive excellent and appropriate veterinary care from the moment they are transferred to As Good as Gold. If you'd like to sponsor Sebastian and help pay for his veterinary treatment -- estimated at $1,850 through mid-July -- and other related expenses, please click here, select Elsa's Fund in the Donation Category field, indicate your donation is in honor of Sebastian, and make an online donation today.
Check this website page often to read updates on Sebastian's journey!