Skinny Sick Puppies Need Food & Vet Care
Organized by: Elizabeth Gannett
Elizabeth Gannett via Crowdrise
August 07, 2014
Tonight, August 8, 2014 we had to rush "Blue" back to the vet because he was lethargic and vomitting. Blue has tested positive for the PARVO virius and recieving IV fluids and a new cathether. He will be staying the minimum of one night, however it is more than likely he will be at the vet for several more days. Unfortunately, we do believe it's only a matter of a few days before the other two (Tiny & Mama) will be joining him at the vet. We're watching them extremely closely while we wait for Blue to make some progress.
How did we get here?
On Wednesday, July 30, 2014, I received a facebook post from a family member. She posted that there were eight puppies in rural North Carolina in critical need of saving. As I attempted to go to sleep, I had the images of them huddled around the piece of plywood for their dish. My boyfriend and I chatted and we knew we had to do something. We offered to take the puppies from the home, so we could get them the much needed care.
Meet the Pups
There are two females and one male puppy and the vet estimates them to be about 10 - 12 weeks. The sole male, who we have affectionately named "Blue" as in "You're my boy, Blue" from Old School. Our boy, Blue, weighs in at 10 lbs and is probably the spunkiest of the bunch. One of the females seems to watch over the others and is concerned for their well being, so we named her "Mama." Mama is the middle of the road puppy dog, weighing in at 9 lbs and initially had some trouble eating. The final puppy dog, is named "Tiny" because, well she is very tiny! She weighs in at approximately 6 lbs.
The Pups Transport & Vetting Care
We live in Northern Virginia, and the pups were in North Carolina, so our early communications were via Facebook. We first thought we were getting four, and when my cousin Jen went to get them we realized that we were saving three. When we picked them up they were covered from their heads to their paws in fleas and ticks. If you look at the pictures, you can see some of the photos from this process. It took us a few hours to remove all of the fleas and ticks.
It took about 5 + hours to drive them from Raleigh to Northern Virginia. During that time, they made little noise as they were extremely dehydrated and sick.
On August 4, 2014 in the wee hours of the morning we got them to the vet. Our dog's Foster Mom, Michelle has graciously offered to help with the vetting cost. One of the other puppies that was found with these pups did test positive for Parvo. This is an extremely contagious virus that is scary for pups with compromised immune systems like these. Additionally, many rescues won't take on the pups until they are Parvo free. Treatment for this can run up to $1500 to $2000 per dog. As of now, all three are Parvo free. However, they are treating them as if they have it. They have had two days of IV fluids, meds and blood transfusions. They will be under vet care for at least three more days.
Michelle (Patron Saint to All Dogs) has agreed to assist with their vetting as mentioned above. However, your donations are going directly to deal with the PARVO, get them vaccinated, and spayed and neutered to prevent this from happening again in the future! If you can spare a little or a lot you will be these dogs' heroes!