We got the call this morning at 6 am that Duke took a turn for the worse. His liver was failing from lack of blood sugar from much needed insulin for months in his short life. Normal levels are between 80-120 and his dipped down to 30 overnight. When he first came in, the reading was at 540. His liver enzymes were dangerously elevated over 1000 and he was turning yellow. The ER doctors in Turlock were trying everything, but the damage was already done and we gave up the fight. We made the decision to let him cross the bridge.
We wish we could have got to him sooner, like little Bug that is in our care. He too is diabetic. His owners were not regulating his blood sugar properly and it took some time to stabilize, but he is now doing great. It is an easy condition to treat. Just takes some time, due diligence and loving care.
We would like to Thank everyone for the outpouring of support from your donations, prayers and well wishes. We await the final bill, but as of yesterday we were well over $2000. We took in $810 and every dime of that will go directly to Duke’s benefit.
What we would like to leave here as a thought, in Duke’s name would be to not remain quiet when you see that dog at the dog park or in someone’s care that is not being properly cared for. Let them know they should take their furry loved one into the vet before its too late. Let them know there are low cost options and its their responsibility when you take on a pet. It is a confrontative stance and many think its none of our business, but wouldn’t it be nice if there was no need for “rescue” if everyone had the same level of commitment that we all do? Together, we need to continue to be their voice. Thanks for being part of our mission and being the voice… Pug Hugs Run Free and Happy Dear Duke!
Please Help Duke!
Central Coast Pug Rescue was contacted by an ER Vet in Turlock to help a pug in need. Duke was brought in by his owners to be euthanized because he was very, very sick. Duke has diabetes, an easily managed condition but Duke’s owners never gave him the daily shots of insulin required to regulate his blood sugar. Because his condition was not managed, he now has pancreatitis, diabetic ketoacidosis (liver failure) and was facing death. Duke requires fluids to restore the balance in his liver, replace electrolytes, nutrition, fluids, antibiotics and round the clock testing, every two hours. Our estimate is over $2500 for the first three days of treatment but we are told his recovery in the hospital will take much longer. We are committed to rally for Duke on this long road ahead.
And we need your help! Let’s all rally for Duke!
An account at the vet hospital has been set up in Duke’s name. If you can spare even a few dollars toward his care, please contact : Taylor ER Veterinary Emergency (209) 669-8600, mention “Duke” or hit the Donate button on our facebook page or website. This is an ER Hospital and very expensive. He is the second pug we have taken in this year with diabetes. Every single dollar makes the difference in the life of a precious pug, Duke deserves the chance he was never given and that time is now!