Tumble gets sick- Checking in with the emaciated pit pups
September 22, 2010

A few weeks ago I wrote about two emaciated pit bull puppies that were taken by Law Enforcement from a home in Springfield.  The owners are facing charges of animal cruelty.  We took in two of the eight puppies that were found severly underweight.  We named them Pooh Bear and Tumble.  We were most concerned about Tumble, the smaller of the two.  His ribs were protruding through his skin.  They were put on a feeding schedule of three times per day, Hill's Science Puppy chow mixed with canned food.  Pooh Bear gobbled his up passionately while Tumble never seemed to finish his portion (it did not go to waste, however, thanks to his brother).  Pooh Bear weighed in at 18 pounds while Tumbler fell short at 14 pounds- too skinny for six month old pit bull terriers. 

Our concern grew when Tumble started to have incidents of vomiting and having bloody diarrhea.  Our vets took a stool sample and ran a test for parvovirus, which is highly contagious and dangerous to dogs (especially puppies) that are not up-to-date with vaccines.  Thankfully the test came back negative for the virus but it was decided that he should go to our Angell Memorial Medical Center in Boston for further evaluation as well as xrays (in which we do not have the equipment).

Tumble then.. ..and now

 

There they did a full body xray to get a look at his gastrointestinal tract and lungs.  All was fine there.  They ran blood tests which did reveal severe low white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets, as well as low albumin and abnormal electrolytes.  They put him on intravenous fluids for rehydration, anti-vomiting medications, appetite stimulant, and antacids.  Poor little guy!

The few days that he was there were not all terrible.  All the vets and vet technicians fell head-over-heels in love with him and one even decided to adopt him!  He returned to our shelter feeling much better and is scheduled to be neutered tomorrow and go home over the weekend!  I am happy to report that he also has gained four pounds since arriving here!  He is now up to eighteen pounds and counting.  Things went well for Pooh Bear, too.  He never appeared to be ill, did very well here behaviorally, and has since been adopted and is enjoying his new family!

Just to give you an idea of what it costs us to treat animals, Mr. Tumble's endeavor to Angell Memorial cost us approximately $2,000!  Where do we get the funds to pay for these medical expenses?  We dip into our Angels For Animals Fund, which is supported by donations by generous people who really care about the animals that are without a home.  Most often the animals in need of medical attention are surrendered to us by owners who can not affort the costs of treatment.

We have had so many extreme cases this year, such as leg amputations and other leg and hip surgeries, eye surgeries, heartworm and other heart diseases, etc. We have all but depleted our Nevins Farm Angel For Animals Fund.  We are in need to build those funds up again as other animals are in need of attention, such as Terry, an overweight (but adorable and sweet) dalmation in need of hip surgery (See video below). 

It is so rewarding when an animal recovers from these medical conditions and leave our shelter in the loving care of their new family.  It is why we are here.  It keeps me coming back!  If you would like to be an angel for our animals, please donate to our Angels For Animals Fund.  There are other ways to help out, too, such as volunteering or providing items from our Wishlist.  And, as always, thanks for reading and keeping up with what is happening at Nevins Farm!  Well wishes, Michelle (maouellette@mspca.org).