For nine long years, this dog endured misery, filth, and chains, causing everyone to shy away from him due to his unappealing appearance.
The initial images of Socrates shattered my heart, as he had suffered from illness, dirt, and restraints for almost a decade.
Suffering from scabies, dehydration, and extreme emaciation, he was a mere bag of bones. His body bore numerous open wounds.
Although I had other tasks to attend to, I couldn’t allow this elderly soul to continue suffering.
The next day, I paid Socrates a visit.
His frail body was unable to fight off diseases. He looked incredibly unkempt.
His face was considerably swollen, and his eyes deeply sunken.
Despite trying to speak loudly, he might have had hearing difficulties.
Thankfully, Socrates was still consuming food, offering hope that his health could be restored.
Equipped with everything necessary, we prepared to take Socrates to the vet.
Managing a case like Socrates was a significant challenge for me, as I had never encountered such situations before.
I had a positive outcome in mind for this individual.
Unfortunately, the test results revealed bone cancer, a heartbreaking discovery I wasn’t prepared for.
Due to severe deformity in his ankle, we had to amputate his hind leg.
I held onto the hope that the cancer could be treated and prevented from spreading.
Socrates would need an extended stay at the veterinary clinic for medical care, weight gain, and immune system improvement.
I had been planning ahead for his upcoming days, which I anticipated would be quite lengthy.
Socrates underwent growth, gained weight, and his grooming needs increased.
His fur grew considerably, and he displayed a positive outlook on the future.
I became familiar with Socrates and fed him twice daily, in the morning and evening, during his hospital stay.
I didn’t prepare regular dog food; instead, I made his meals extra flavorful and appealing.
Taking Socrates outside allowed him to connect with and enjoy nature, something I was certain he relished.
His battle against illnesses felt like running in circles. Over the course of two days, Socrates dealt with diarrhea and fever.
Upon his transfer to Los Angeles for faster bone cancer treatment, I worried about potential new infections. However, he would always have a loving family by his side.
Considering his advanced age, doctors chose not to amputate his hind leg.
The priority was for Socrates to spend his remaining days without unnecessary risks.
Despite the challenges, he found immense joy in going for walks.
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