Hampton, October 2002
Hampton is the October Buddy Arnold Memorial Fund Dog
On a broiling hot day in Florida, a young chocolate male Lab was found on the side of a street where he had collapsed in the record-breaking heat. He was taken to a shelter where a member of a Chesapeake Bay Retriever rescue group found the gravely ill dog on a web site and took him home to North Carolina to foster.
Now named Hampton, this poor guy was found to be dehydrated and unable to eat. He tested positive for hookworm, heartworm, pneumonia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, anemia and low glucose. In spite of all his troubles, Hampton displayed the loving, gentle nature typical of a Lab.
Lab Rescue of NC stepped forward to pay for Hampton's heartworm treatment, subsequent medical bills and foster care, but not before the rescuer had already incurred substantial veterinary bills to treat Hampton's pneumonia and other ailments. Gravely ill for days, the patient dog was treated with antibiotics, electrolytes, and IV fluids. Because Hampton was to sick to eat or drink by himself, the rescuer used a syringe to give him nourishment by hand.
Happily, Hampton did make a good recovery from his many medical problems. It was a very special day for all those involved in Hampton's care when he felt able to wag his tail again! With lots of TLC and good food, he is now looking forward to the day when he finds a new family to love. LABMED was pleased to be able to help with the bills for the emergency treatment that Hampton received, thanks to the warm heart of his rescuer.
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