Abandoned, starving and searching for food Ton's bad luck started 2 weeks ago when he was hit by a speeding car and left sprawling in the road. It was dark and the car following had to slam on his brakes to avoid running over Ton. Neither driver stopped.
One of our staff and a shop owner who regularly feeds Ton saw the accident and helped get him to our vet who was just closing.
We were told this beautiful dog had an owner who dumped him when they moved house. Ton has been living wild with a group of feral dogs and has become very timid. He's such a gentle soul our hearts break for him.
Ton needed x-rays quickly The vet made a quick examination and said his hip was dislocated and he thought Ton's spine was broken. He advised us to get his injuries x-rayed quickly. Once again we were frustrated by the lack of x-ray equipment in our town. All 3 vets have none.
We rushed Ton to our special cases vet 100ks away. The x-rays showed Ton's right hip was dislocated and his spine was cracked near his tail. The vet tested his response by pinching hard on his back paws. There was none so he felt Ton's spinal cord was damaged. Meaning he's paralysed.
Ton's mobility didn't improve Ton was an inpatient for a week whilst the vet gave him medication to help his mobility. Sadly nothing improved so he's now back with us still with a broken vertebra and a dislocated hip.
The vets are good but the basic inpatient care is bad. It seems the vets don't monitor their young nurses whose job it is. One of our staff took almost an hour to wash off all the dry poop and dress Ton's pressure sores on his hips and shoulders. Just 4 days after our treatment Ton's pressure sore opened up showing his bone. It will take months of careful wound dressing and regular turning his body to heal. Poor Ton must be in terrible pain from this sore in addition to his broken bones.
Ton was very happy to be at our Healing Centre You can see the difference in Ton's face after just one day with us. We had to express his urine 5 times as his bladder was full dribbling constantly over his back legs. They didn't do it at the clinic and UTI could easily have set in.
Ton is on a medication program which we hope will improve his mobility. He's taking Neurobion for his nervous and immune system and Prednisone for pain management plus calcium, fish oil and vitamin C.
Happy pen pals Ton is sharing a big pen with poor Rijit whose now almost blind with Glaucoma and they are very tolerant of each other. They made friends on the journey back from the vet! We hope both dogs will help heal each other.
Ton has been through so much sadness and pain in his short life we're praying that with our gentle care and encouragement his mobility will start to improve. If it does we'll discuss the possibility of a hip operation at another clinic. We never give up on our dogs. Ton needs your help Ton's week inpatient stay cost over $200.00 or 6,840 baht. His ongoing treatment will cost approximately $150.00 or 5,000 baht a month on medication alone. If a hip operation is a possibility we'll be faced with a bill of $300.00 or 12,000 baht.
Please consider making a small donation to help him recover. If he doesn't recover he'll live with us for the rest of his life. Perhaps you'd like to buy something from our Wish List for Ton please click here and message us with your purchase. Thank you so much for you wonderful generosity to help poor Ton in his suffering. We truly appreciate your concern.