Five pups were found dumped on the driveway of a local vet. Sadly one puppy did not survive. The remaining four puppies were on death’s door.
The RSPCA were called to assist and investigate.
Once in our care, the veterinary team were quick to act. Vet Nurse Rohan said, “They were in terrible condition, close to death. One puppy was collapsed with agonal breathing. They were emaciated, dehydrated and had thick, bloody diarrhoea all over their coats. The most alarming symptom was the colour of their gums. Gums should be a nice healthy pink colour, but these pups’ gums were a stark white, the colour of a sheet of paper.”
All puppies had to have a blood transfusion if they were to have a chance of survival.
Despite the efforts of our veterinary team, two puppies sadly didn’t make it. Both puppies were unloved, had no names and were unwanted. But at the RSPCA they found love, albeit, just too late.
Two puppies remained, and luckily they slowly improved. They were the sole survivors of the five pups left dumped in a box.
Vet Nurse Rohan said that after their blood transfusion the two remaining pups were much brighter and started on medication to treat their hookworm. “Things were a little messy for a while because they continued to have diarrhoea until the hookworm medication took effect, so there were quite a few baths for those first few days. Five days later, the vet team decided the pups were well enough to be discharged from the hospital into the care of a foster parent.”