Rescued in a very poor condition, extremely emaciated and covered in fleas, Professor the dog has made a full recovery and turned into a happy, healthy puppy!
When rescued by the Happy Animals Club in mid-February, Professor had ehrlichiosis, mange, a fungal infection, teeth that were falling out due to malnutrition, a large abscess which later burst, and, worst of all, a severe worm infestation, which affected his digestion, causing chronic diarrhea and dehydration.
The odds were stacked against his recovery and kept getting worse as the necrotic tissue on his behind fell off, leaving a large exposed wound that couldn’t be stitched, because he didn’t have enough skin left and was too weak for surgery.
Professor weighed just 8 lbs.
From above you can see how thin he was. The pelvic bones and spine are clearly visible. He was literally just skin and bones.
He was covered in fleas.
Professor getting fed a can of Recovery. He can eat two cans a day, but was only given him half a can at a time, otherwise he’d vomit it up.
Then the puppy’s platelet count fell all the way down to 28, so he had to fight a near-fatal case of ehrlichiosis, a bacterial infection, malnutrition and worms all at the same time.
Yet, Professor kept fighting.
Supporters funded his treatment and food and the shelter crew worked tirelessly to do everything possible to aid his recovery.
The continually debrided his wound and cleaned his butt to prevent the wound from getting infected.
The sight of Professor eating and drinking always gave his rescuers joy.
Slowly his fur started to grow back.
His fur kept growing… And growing.
Professor was put on multiple antibiotics, vitamins, probiotics and a special type of canned food for sick animals called Royal Canin Recovery, which he was fed by syringe four times a day.
The patient was too weak to endure a deworming and was at near-constant risk of sepsis. Yet, bit by bit, he got better.
And now Professor is well on his way to a full recovery. He has put on weight, his fur has grown back and his remaining teeth aren’t wobbly anymore.
Professor has transformed into a playful little puppy!
On the way back from the vet.
By May, three months after his rescue, Professor was really fluffy.
This is Professor now.
He almost doubled in weight since being rescued.
Professor bonded with his rescuers and went from being a zombie dog to a friendly lapdog who loves to run up and greet people he knows.
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