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George Strait update: Recovering from surgery

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George's owners get their first look at him as he's brought to the exam room following his surgery. (Source: LSU School of Veterinary Medicine) George's owners get their first look at him as he's brought to the exam room following his surgery. (Source: LSU School of Veterinary Medicine)
Going to the vet: George Strait, on the ride to LSU Veterinary School in Baton Rouge, where he underwent surgery on Wednesday. Going to the vet: George Strait, on the ride to LSU Veterinary School in Baton Rouge, where he underwent surgery on Wednesday.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

George Strait is back in Shreveport and recovering from surgery. The perky pug was the subject of a plea for help from Towne South Animal Hospital last week.

George had a liver defect that was diverting blood away from his liver and desperately needed the surgery to survive. His owners are both in the Air Force, just back from deployment, short on cash and about to get married.

George underwent surgery at the LSU Veterinary School in Baton Rouge on Thursday. Town South says they've been told he awoke from the procedure uneventfully, and so far, things look good.

They say they ended up having to do more than planned. They fixed his liver, which was the main concern. They also neutered him and did some biopsies of his spleen, which appeared to have some spots and checked his bladder, just to be on the safe side.

Barring complications, George returned to Towne South Friday, where he will spend his recovery. He goes home with the vet nightly. They say he has made it through the critical period of three days following surgery without a problem, but remains on seizure watch.

As a result of the plea for help in covering the pug's surgery, Towne South says they've received some generous donations, including one for $1,000.

"Thank you all for your help!" says Heather at Towne South. "You have no idea how much it means to us and his family. All together we raised $2,603.00 for his surgery!"

In addition to donations collected by Towne South Animal Hospital, LSU Veterinary School's charity account will cover part of the costs of the surgery and treatment, which is expected to reach at least $3,000. A portion has been set aside for his future follow up care, boarding, food medicine and any treatment should complications arise. 

Towne South plans to send any leftover funds collected to the veterinary school for others to benefit from.

For information on donating to LSU Veterinary School's Tweaky Fund, contact Betty Karlsson at 225-578-9870, or go online here, select School Veterinary Medicine, and Other (put "Tweaky Fund) in the box).

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