Wrangler and Roper – Helping pets in distress

Oct. 23/16 – It’s been a sad, expensive and busy week for SCARS. Two 12-week-old pups were surrendered from a rural community and both were very sick. Wrangler and Roper are the sole survivors from a litter that perished during a recent snow storm. Not wanting these two babies to die as well, a community member contacted SCARS for help. Both pups had nasal discharge and were coughing. One in particular (Wrangler) was coughing so often, we feared he would choke before we could get him to veterinary care. Both were underweight and ravenously hungry. A vet assessment revealed both pups had an elevated white blood cell count indicating pneumonia. Wrangler’s count, in particular, was “sky high.” The pups are now on antibiotics and have a warm, quiet place to rest while they recover. They are friendly, happy pups but they are not feeling their best. We are hopeful for a full recovery.

Oct. 28 update: Roper is doing pretty well at home, still has a nasty cough, but his appetite and energy are improving. Wrangler still isn’t out of the woods yet. Though he was trying to play with Roper, he just couldn’t keep up. He had no desire to eat or drink and was getting very dehydrated. Because he was nauseous, he couldn’t stomach his meds. They ended up on the kitchen floor a few too many times. Though foster parents like to discuss poop, we’ll spare you that angle. On Monday, Wrangler was admitted to Westlock Vet for IV fluids, antinausea meds, IV antibiotics and observation. By Saturday afternoon Wrangler can go home. He has a way to go before he’s the picture of health, but he’ll be happier at home. The blood work, tests and hospitalization have added up for this little guy. If you would like to help us with Wrangler’s expenses please click here for various donation options. .

We also received a call this week about a very sick five-week-old Shih Tzu puppy. We accepted the puppy into our care and took it for a health assessment. The first thing the vet noticed was a very loud heart murmur—a very bad sign. X-rays revealed its heart was 2.5 times larger than it should be. The puppy was in full congestive heart failure. Because it was in pain with no hope for recovery, the kindest choice was to euthanize it. RIP little one.

Earlier this week we got a request to help a puppy that had been hit by a car. It was unconscious when we rushed it to veterinary care. There was nothing the vet team could do but provide a dignified, compassionate end of life. We don’t have a photo of this pup. Sometimes taking a photo just doesn’t feel like the right thing to do. RIP little one, we won’t forget you.

Sometimes pets are only in our care for a few minutes or hours. Alleviating distress and providing pets a dignified end of life is part of what SCARS does. But it’s the part we rarely talk about. It’s hard for our volunteers to see the suffering and harder yet when we have to say a final goodbye. It’s because of those who donate that we can be there when animals need us most. Our veterinary expenses are huge. If you want to help pets like these, please donate to SCARS. Go here for other ways to help.