Incredible transformation for the dog that nobody wanted to operate on: Rex the Siberian husky is saved after his beloved owner pleads for help on TikTok
- Rex’s owner initially sought treatment for his beloved pet in Cádiz, Spain.
- After his video statement, surgery some 560 miles away removed the tumor.
A Siberian husky named Rex has undergone an amazing transformation after having a massive tumor removed thanks to a pleading TikTok video of his owner.
The six-year-old dog suffered from a tumor in his nose so large that it prevented him from seeing and breathing easily, without anyone wanting to operate on him.
Rex’s owner, Damián, sought treatment for his beloved pet at various veterinary clinics in the Cádiz province of southwestern Spain, where he lives.
However, all the clinics told him that this type of tumor could not be operated on and the vets did not give Rex long to live.
In a last-ditch attempt to save his dog’s life, Damián posted a video on TikTok with the aim of finding a vet in Spain who could treat him.
The six-year-old Siberian husky had a muzzle tumor so large that it prevented him from seeing and breathing easily
After Rex had his tumor removed, he has been well on his way to recovery, according to vets.
The director of an animal sanctuary who found the video told the owner to contact the Faunivet Veterinary Clinic in Vinarós, some 560 kilometers away by car.
The fast-growing tumor was a fibrosarcoma, a cancer derived from fibrous connective tissue.
In dogs, this cancer most often occurs around the mouth area.
In a last-ditch attempt to save his dog’s life, Damián posted a video on TikTok with the aim of finding a vet in Spain who could treat Rex.
“Rex is a male Husky dog that we found out about through the director of an animal sanctuary,” Faunivet veterinarians Francisco Serrano and Nacho Martín-Macho told Newsweek last week.
“This woman showed us some photos with images of Rex’s head and the large tumors on his face, to ask if we could do something for him.”
Faunivet’s team told Damián that they thought it was feasible to operate on the tumor, so the owner made the long trip to the clinic.
“No clinic they had previously consulted gave him any chance and the only remedy they gave him was euthanasia,” said Martín-Macho and Serrano.
Faunivet’s team examined the dog and decided that the operation could go ahead.
“Rex at that time was already suffering from respiratory problems, difficulty eating and extensive infection in the area due to ulceration of the tumor,” the vets said.
“The type of tumor is a fast-growing fibrosarcoma, with a low possibility of metastasis, but a high possibility of local recurrence.”
The complex operation lasted more than three hours, but fortunately no significant complications arose.
‘It was possible to remove the tumor, and then [conduct] a successful complicated facial reconstruction’, said Martín-Macho and Serrano.
In the photo on the left: The Siberian husky undergoing surgery in Vinarós, Spain. In the photo on the right: the Faunivet Veterinary Clinic team with Rex after the operation
Since the operation, Rex has been well on his way to recovery, according to the vets.
There has been an improvement in his mood and he has gained weight. He is also being seen by a veterinarian in Cádiz for regular check-ups.
The team is pleased that the surgery was a success and that Rex can return to living a normal life.
If the tumor does come back, the vets said it could be brought under control before it’s as big as it used to be, as long as he gets treatment on time.
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