The procedure took place recently in Gainesville, one of the few veterinary teaching hospitals with the equipment to do the radiation treatments. Blanche said he is up, playing and eating well – but there is one drawback.
He seems to want more cuddles.
“His eye looks a little better,” Blanche said, referring to the sunken area where the trigeminal nerve-sheath tumor in his skull had made his head misshapen. “The vet doesn’t see any potential issues at this point. Now only time will tell.”
As the Beacon reported earlier in the month, Tank was fighting for his life prior to treatment. The tumor had been growing from the inside out of his head, and was aggressive.
The Boudreau’s also discovered another part of Tank’s past when they took him to the Gainesville hospital. He had been shot in the belly twice and still carries the pellets.
When Tank was found abandoned on the road near the wildlife center, he was burned red from the sun and had callouses from having to lay on concrete in full sun where he was chained. He was also covered with what looked to be mange, but was really a flea allergy. The enclosure where he was kept was so small, he could barely lie down, and it was fully exposed to all the elements.
Blanche, who works with a Lab rescue program, got the go-ahead to foster him. After extensive veterinary visits for his exposure issues, as well as for small tumors. He was also heartworm positive.
When they found that Tank had this large tumor in his head, there was scarcely a doubt in Blanche’s mind what they would do – anything and everything it took to make him well.
Life is different now for Tank, thanks to the Boudreau’s. They have done everything possible to make up for the horrific part of his life, even going to the extent of taking out a Care Credit Loan for thousands of dollars to make sure he had all the treatment options available for his tumor. The entire process has cost them more than $10,000.
They are also fostering three little chihuahua mixes – Tiffany, Lancelot and Sienna – all with demodectic mange. The rescue where they came from cannot afford their medical bills, so Blanche and Jacques are paying those as well. They were animal cruelty survivors.
They also foster a dog from Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida, named Luke. While his medical bills are paid for by the organization, Blanche and Jacques pay for the treats, the toys and the food.
Many dogs have found their “forever” homes through the Boudreau family, but Tank was officially adopted into the family – and boy, did he find a good one.
“We fostered him for about a year, and posted him and called, but there was no interest whatsoever,” Blanche said. “So we decided he wouldn’t have to worry about that anymore, he would be our baby.”
If you would like to contribute to Tank’s medical bills, you can reach Blanche at (941) 421-2805.
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