Fatty, Specks and Semi, May 2002
Fatty is the May 2002 Buddy Arnold dog.
A young black Lab with five nursing puppies was rescued from a shelter by
Capital Animal Care in Arlington, VA. The mother, named Betsy, was emaciated
and exhausted but providing excellent care for her pups. Mom and puppies
were treated for hook, round and tape worm infestations, and many ticks were
removed. In spite of their poor beginning in life, the pups were friendly,
loving and playful.
Sadly, a few days after their rescue, all five puppies became ill with
canine parvovirus, a deadly disease that affects the GI tract and white blood
cells of dogs. The pups were rushed to the vet, and intensive emergency care
was provided. Several of the puppies suffered setbacks during the course of
treatment, but miraculously all five survived!
The extensive medical treatment that the puppies required was extremely
expensive, of course. Capital Animal Care mounted a huge fund-raising effort
to cover the necessary veterinary care for all five pups.
LABMED was happy
to help in this effort by providing partial funding for three of the puppies
- Fatty, Specks and Semi. Fatty was the first dog funded by LABMED in May,
and his care was paid for by the Buddy Arnold Memorial Fund.
Happily, the next visit to the vet for most of the puppies was for a well
puppy check up! Betsy and her pups are in the process of being placed into
new and loving homes.
Although in general only about 60% of puppies with
parvo survive, this lucky little family appears to have beaten the odds with
the help of the dedicated and caring rescuers from Capital Animal Care. We
are delighted that these lovely puppies can now look forward to long and
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