“Frankie” required extensive medical care at ARL
In early January, 2019, Frankie, an 11-year-old Shih-Tzu, was found wandering the cold streets of Boston.
Given Frankie’s hearing and vision impairments, amazingly he wasn’t injured while living on the streets.
He was however, in dire need of medical attention.
Frankie’s initial veterinary exam revealed a handful of masses (both epidermal and oral), dental disease, and hearing loss. Additionally, x-rays were taken and blood was drawn for additional diagnostic testing.
The masses were removed and determined to be benign, however Frankie’s bloodwork revealed abnormalities which pointed to possible renal disease and pancreatitis.
The next month for Frankie would consist of more testing, frequent veterinary rechecks, and unfortunately additional findings.
While Frankie’s ongoing diagnostic testing showed improvement, there were further developments — the 11-year-old pup was diagnosed with glaucoma in one eye which needed to be removed; and a heart murmur was also discovered.
A Long Road Home
Despite all the testing and continuous discoveries, Frankie maintained a wonderful, friendly demeanor and was finally ready to find his forever home.
Frankie quickly found his perfect match, and will spend his golden years in a quiet home along the scenic North Shore.
From routine exams to complex surgery, ARL’s shelter medicine staff provides extraordinary care for every animal that comes through ARL’s doors. Last year alone, more than $550,000 was spent to ensure these animals were healthy and happy. ARL does not receive any government grants or public funding, relying solely on the generosity of individuals like you to make our important work possible.
Please consider donating today to ensure these animals get the medical treatment they need!