This Senior Pet Adoption Grant was used to ready Tucker for adoption by covering neuter surgery, specialist diagnosis and treatment of his vision issue, and eye-drop medication (Tacrolimus compound and Neomycin Polymix B Dex suspension steroid) to stabilize his condition (pannus). Most critically, it was also used for an initial supply of maintenance medications (eye drops) for his adopter and a commitment to supply those maintenance meds for life in his adopted home.
The additional funding this grant provided allowed us to provide the extra, specialized medical attention needed to save Tucker’s vision — stabilizing his condition and halting the progression of the disease. It also removed a significant barrier to adoption by funding the expense of a necessary lifetime treatment plan. Managing his condition means a higher quality of life for Tucker and his adopters.
Tucker was given to us in June of 2018 as he retired from the field-trial racing industry he had been a part of for over eight years. It was quickly determined that, in addition to needing standard vetting, worming and being brought current on vaccinations, Tucker would benefit from a dental cleaning and had vision issues that looked like pannus [an abnormal layer of tissue over the cornea]. He was seen by a specialty ophthalmology vet who confirmed a pannus diagnosis in July and prescribed a treatment regimen of medicated eye drops to stabilize Tucker’s eyes and a lifetime treatment plan to maintain him. He was also neutered and had a dental cleaning to get him ready for an adoptive forever home. Sweet, easygoing Tucker acted as a very needed blood donor while undergoing the more aggressive, initial phase of treatment. At about the same time that Tucker was seen for follow-up and moved into a reduced maintenance schedule of eye drops, the Petfinder Foundation awarded us a grant and American Lurcher Rescue Project was able to tell potential adopters we would cover the expense of his prescribed eye drops. On October 25, just two weeks after the Senior Pet Adoption Grant award for Tucker, he was adopted into his loving forever home and is thriving in the company of his family and two other small dogs.