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This is the Help for Duke fund. All funds will be used for Duke's medical expenses and radiation treatment.

Duke is a sweet gentle black lab who been through many changes and challenges. He was a loyal companion to his original humans during declines in their health. Sadly he lost both of his human parents in the past year. During their illnesses he began having some problems with his right eye and ear which were thought to be infections and treated as such. However, he experienced a seizure in August and began to show some difficulty keeping his right leg stable while eating and drinking. During his first neurology appointment, Duke declined while in the examining room. He had difficulty standing, was drooling and was out of it . When he did not respond to medications, an MRI was completed which showed a brain tumor. Surgery was completed later that week due to pressure on his brain. The majoirty of the tumor was removed. Duke improved after surgery and was to come home. He needs to take several daily medications and continues to have some right sided deficits. However, he makes improvements every day. Radiation has been recommended for Duke to treat the remaining tumor. Help is not available from research and clinical trials occuring in the canine cancer field because they focus on other types of tumors. . When Duke came to live with us we were excited to have a companion for our dog. However, as his medical problems have developed he has to be isolated from our dog. We have tapped our own resources for his medical treatment and recent surgery. We need help to continue to care for him. Please help us fund his ongoing medical care.
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