A beautiful Pitbull puppy paralyzed from head to toe due to an extreme case of tetanus was taken in by a vet and nursed back to health. The poor dog could not move a muscle in her body. She had to be given up by her owners as they could not take care of her and could not afford the treatment.
A 35-year-old vet recently revealed how she was able to nurse back a completely paralyzed puppy back to health. The Florida based vet came across a 7-months-old Pitbull puppy with an extreme case of tetanus. The poor dog could not move a muscle in her body. She had to be given up by her owners as they could not take care of her and could not afford the treatment.
However, instead of giving up on her and opting for euthanasia, the brave doctor took her in and decided to nurse her back to life. The puppy called bunny had a total lockjaw and constant muscle spasms and seizure-like activity due to a 'generalized' form of Tetanus known as Clostrdium Tetani.
Bunny was in such a horrible condition that she could not walk unassisted and needed constant medical care. However, after weeks of tender love and affection from Dr. Ali, the fluffy companion made a miraculous recovery.
Speaking about Bunny’s journey, the vet explained,
“Bunny was in a very critical state for over two weeks after we rescued her. The care was extremely intensive. Under most circumstances, patients with her disease severity would be in a 24-hour critical or specialty care facility. Together, my husband, Matt, and I cared for her every hour, often times every few minutes, on the hour for over two weeks.”
She further detailed,
“She was on IV fluids, IV antibiotics, IV anti-seizure meds, IV sedatives and IV muscle relaxants.”
The puppy required multiple slow syringe feedings a day and Ali said there was a 'ton of hygiene and clean up care involved due to her inability to move.'
“We also did ice and heat therapy along with range of motion and physical therapy type of exercises to slowly get her muscle memory, tone and strength back.”
Moreover, in order to aid her recovery, Bunny was also kept in a very dark and quiet environment since the muscle contractions and spasms are worsened by stimuli, with even the slightest sound or light potentially causing a violent attack. The pup wore a sleeping mask covering her eyes for nearly three weeks.
After two weeks, Bunny started to show signs of recovering.
“About two weeks in, we began seeing slight glimmers of hope. She began to lift and move her head on her own. The small improvements seemed to suddenly explode overnight as she popped up into the standing position around day 17. Then, on day 21, Bunny took her first real steps again. We both cried tears of joy with our hearts beaming with pride over this little puppy we were growing to know and to love. I was so proud of her and told her I knew she had it in her. She was a little miracle - a survivor. Seeing her walk again lifted us up and reminded us that great love and determination can move mountains, even awful ones like Tetanus.”
Unsurprisingly, the couple decided to adopt the beautiful pupper.
Article and Image source: Daily mail