A FAMILY in Eastleigh are trying to raise money to treat their dog for an undiagnosed medical condition.

Jax, a 12-week-old Spreagle, seemed fine when his family first went to pick him up from the litter, but a few weeks after going to his new home his health started to deteriorate.

He has now been taken to a specialist vet where they are conducting tests to try and work out what is wrong with him.

The family have already maxed out their credit card and spent their savings on vet bills but have now been told the specialist work could cost anywhere between £3,000 and £6,000.

As a result they have now created a GoFundMe page to try and raise the funds needed.

Heidi Smith, Jax' owner, said: “We didn’t know when we got him as he seemed to be in quite good health.

“He was running around and playing so we just didn’t expect any of this to happen.

“It was about two days after we had him that he wasn’t well and we did some research but thought it was just down to the stress of the move.”

The family then took Jax to the vets where they started treating him for different parasites.

Heidi added: “We ended up at the emergency vets on a bank holiday which was a £1,000 bill.

“Then he was taken back to our local vets in Eastleigh where he has been on a drip and antibiotics.”

The Spreagle was then taken to the specialist, but struggled to have blood work done as he is anaemic.

Heidi said: “We’re optimistic, carrying on, trying to keep ourselves upbeat that when he’s home things will get back to normal, but honestly I just don’t know.

“I get the feeling that he is in a lot of pain and I hope it is something we can cure for him.”

Veterinary costs would normally be covered by the family's pet insurance, but as they cannot prove that he was healthy when they got him, the insurance company won’t pay out.

The family’s target of £5,000 has raised £320 so far.