We got an emergency call on a emaciated Great Dane puppy at the shelter. When we went in to see the puppy, we were appalled to find a thin brindle pup with a bloated belly, crusty nose and eyes infected so bad, he could not see. The pup had fleas on his dirty coat which was caked with dry poop. This pup needed immediate care, so we pulled him out and took him into our rescue program. The pup is estimated to be about 10 weeks old. He has some stability issues, we suspect due to a head trauma or spine injury.
The first thing we did was give him a good bath to get the stinky poop off of him. We then gave him a Capstar to get rid of all the fleas. We also pulled a few ticks off. We could smell the stink from his ears from 10 feet away. His ears got cleaned and we couldn't believe how much goop came out. Cleaning the eyes was a nasty task, but we were able to get the crust off the eyes, so the poor puppy could now open his eyes, even though it was obvious that he could not see well.
Deworming and good food helped with the bloated tummy and settled the diarrhea. The pup could now rest, but was still having hard time breathing, due to stuffed up nose. We were hoping that a good dose of antibiotics will clear that up. We decided to name the pup Amos.
In the first few days, Amos was making some improvement, moving around, eating and resting comfortably in his big bed. Unfortunately, he was still having hard time standing up and walking. He seems very weak and wobbly. At this time we thought that maybe Amos has Wobblers Syndrome. We rushed him back to the vets who put Amos on additional antibiotics.
As days went by, Amos condition has worsened and he seems to be in a lot of pain and having seizures. This time we got a referral to the Specialty Hospital. We were hoping that they will be able to determine what is wrong with Amos.
After an examination at the specialty hospital, Amos was diagnosed with Distemper. Since it was already effecting his nervous system, the vet recommended that Amos should be euthanized.
As you might imagine, we are all devastated over this, especially because it could have been prevented. If the breeder would have given Amos the proper vaccinations, he would not have gotten Distemper. Obviously, the breeder/owner did not bother with vaccination, something which could have saved Amos' life.
The only comfort we have is knowing that for a few days Amos was taken care of, well fed and loved. He is now resting in doggie heaven.