Rex the Siberian husky is saved after loving owner pleads on TikTok for help
Incredible transformation for the dog nobody wanted to operate on: Rex the Siberian husky is saved after loving owner pleads on TikTok for help
- Rex’s owner initially sought treatment for his beloved pet in Cádiz, Spain
- After his video plea, a surgery around 560 miles away removed the tumour
A Siberian husky called Rex has undergone an amazing transformation after having a huge tumour removed thanks to a pleading TikTok video from his owner.
The six-year-old dog was suffering from a tumour on his snout so big that it stopped him from seeing and breathing easily, with nobody wanting to operate on it.
Rex’s owner, Damián, sought treatment for his beloved pet at a number of veterinary clinics in the province of Cádiz, in southwestern Spain, where he lives.
However, all the clinics told him that this type of tumour 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 to TikTok with the aim of finding a vet in Spain who could treat it.
The six-year-old Siberian husky was suffering from a tumour on his snout so big that it stopped the animal from seeing and breathing easily
After Rex had the tumour removed, he has been well on the road to recovery, according to the vets
The director of an animal sanctuary who came across the video told the owner to get in touch with the Faunivet Veterinary Clinic in Vinarós—around 560 miles away by car.
The fast-growing tumour was a fibrosarcoma, a cancer derived from fibrous connective tissue.
In dogs, this cancer occurs most commonly around the mouth area.
In a last-ditch attempt to save his dog’s life, Damián posted a video to TikTok with the aim of finding a vet in Spain who could treat Rex
‘Rex is a male Husky dog that we heard about through the director of an animal sanctuary,’ vets Francisco Serrano and Nacho Martín-Macho with Faunivet told Newsweek last week.
‘This woman showed us some photos with images of Rex’s head, and the large tumours on his face, to ask us if we could do something for him.’
The Faunivet team told Damián that they thought the tumour could feasibly be operated on, so the owner made the long journey over to the clinic.
‘No clinic they had previously consulted with gave him any chance, and the only remedy they gave him was euthanasia,’ Martín-Macho and Serrano said.
The Faunivet 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 tumour,’ the vets said.
‘The type of tumour 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 thankfully no significant complications arose.
‘It was possible to remove the tumour, and then [conduct] a complicated facial reconstruction with success,’ Martín-Macho and Serrano said.
Pictured left: The Siberian husky undergoing surgery in in Vinarós, Spain. Pictured right: The Faunivet Veterinary Clinic team with Rex following the operation
Since the operation, Rex has been well on the road to recovery, according to the vets.
There has been an uplift in his mood and he has gained weight. A vet in Cádiz is also seeing him for periodic check-ups.
The team are pleased that the surgery was a success and that Rex can live a normal life again.
If the tumour does return, the vets said that it could be controlled before it becomes as big as it was, as long as he receives the treatment in good time.