Era paralizzata e sembrava essere spacciata ma una veterinaria la adotta e gli salva la vita regalandogli cure e amore.
Bunny è il nome di una piccola cucciola di pitbull che a causa di un Tetano noto come Clostrdium Tetani era rimasta paralizzata a soli 7 mesi la piccola era infatti immobile con la mascella serrata e costanti spasmi muscolari.
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Il pitbull paralizzato
Per il cucciolo sembrava non esserci via di scampo, nei momenti di massimo benessere riusciva a malapena a reggersi in piedi, ma il suo proprietario non poteva permettersi il trattamento e aveva deciso di procedere con l’eutanasia .
Ma Ali Thompson una veterinaria di 35 anni di Bradenton in Florida vedendo gli occhi della piccola Bunny che voleva vivere decise di occuparsi di lei e contatto il suo proprietario chiedendogli di poter tentare e decidendo di adottare lei stessa Bunny così per due settimane lei e suo marito, furono la sua ombra somministrandogli farmaci e regalandogli tutto l’amore possibile.
La cucciola completamente paralizzata aveva anche episodi compulsivi, durante le due settimane più critiche della malattia, i due hanno impiegato tutto il loro tempo nel tentativo disperato di guarirla.
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Le sue condizioni di salute erano infatti molto gravi e aveva solo il 50% di possibilità di salvezza, ogni rumore e ogni movimento poteva provocargli una crisi violenta, ma i due hanno combattuto per la sua vita e grazie all’aiuto di circa 20 siringhe al giorno tra antibiotici, rilassanti muscolari, sedativi e fluidi sono riusciti a salvargli la vita.
Solitamente i cani affetti da questa patologia vengono seguiti 24 ore su 24 in delle cliniche specializzate ma la veterinaria che aveva già deciso di adottare il cucciolo ha preparato per lui una stanza buia e priva di stimoli che avrebbero potuto scatenargli una crisi e facendolo dormire con una mascherina scura sugli occhi.
Dopo settimane di cure il piccolo pitbull ha iniziato a mostrare i primi segni di miglioramento iniziando a muovere la testa e la coda, secondo quanto riferito dai coniugi i miglioramenti avvenivano all’improvviso finché una notte la trovarono dritta sulle sue zampe, e 4 giorni dopo Bunny ha iniziato a camminare.
Bunny dopo settimane di agonia sembra infatti essere guarita e ora può finalmente passare le giornate con la sua nuova famiglia che le ha dedicato veramente tanto amore per far si che lei potesse tornare a correre e ad essere un normalissimo cucciolo.
Il cane non è l’unico cucciolo della coppia , infatti il pitpull ora ha altri 3 fratelli con cui giocare e divertirsi.
Dopo la grande sofferenza Bunny ha finalmente trovato il suo posto in una casa dove sarà amata per il resto della propria vita.
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Continued ➡️… I hung up feeling defeated, like a literal grey cloud was atop my head. I walked back over to her, looking at her pitiful state and met her eyes again. My stomach was a knot. I really didn’t want to do this. Not ever, but especially not today….Turns out, it was her lucky day…. I looked up around me & suddenly blurted out, surprising my own self, “Who votes I don’t euthanize this dog & take her in?”. I couldn’t get a direct vote for keeping this dog alive, & honestly, they were not wrong. She was very sick & you cannot save them all. My stomach’s know worsened. I took a deep breath. Looking at her once more, the boldness of my inner gut about to win…..”Well, I can’t put her down. I’m gonna ask her owner if I can keep her to try.” Thinking to myself, “Either I put her in the ground today OR I do it in a few days OR SHE LIVES. There’s really no inbetween here.” I picked up the phone to have a potentially difficult convo with her owner who instead made it one of the easiest conversations I’ve ever had with a client. He responded with total gratitude reassuring me that I was making the right decision. He signed his young puppy over to me understanding that she may not make it, while also understanding that if she did, she would no longer be his. That first night was terrible. As were many of the others that followed. She seized & convulsed so terribly she would bite her tongue and foam at the mouth. I couldn’t get an hour of sleep in. She required constant care. And I mean constant. She was on an iv fluid pump & needed iv injections every two hours on the hour, the level of nursing care was brutal. In any other case scenario, this patient would have been at a specialty care hospital with teams of nurses and doctors overseeing the case 24/7 for what Im sure could have easily exceeded $10-15,000. I had myself & a make shift treatment room at my house. Her constant convulsions continued for the next 10 plus days. They were extremely violent and very difficult (even for me) to watch. They made me want to cry. I got super close but told myself to not go there. I could barley keep up with her numerous medications. CONTINUES in next post⬅️
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CONTINUED from prior post ➡️… Her constant convulsions continued for the next 10 plus days. They were extremely violent and very difficult (even for me) to watch. They made me want to cry. I got super close but told myself to not go there. I could barley keep up with her numerous medications. I think somewhere around day five I hit a really big low. I wondered if I had made the right decision in doing this, to put her body (and even mine) through all of this heartache. I prayed hard. Everyday I prayed over this little thing. Somewhere around day 7-10 she began having brief moments of improvement. To anyone else, they’d have been negligible but I noticed them. I also now realized that if she hadn’t yet died from the tetanus the tetanus itself wasn’t gonna take her. It would be one of the many secondary complications like aspiration pneumonia or cardiac failure. Two weeks in and I knew she was gonna live, but man, was I exhausted- mentally, physically and emotionally. Working 11-12 hour days back to back with little to no sleep while caring for this critical being was taxing. By now, my angel husband was fully invested in her too. I literally don’t even know what I would have done without him. I don’t know if I could have finished this out. Tetanus is actually very rare in dogs. Humans and horses are much more vulnerable to the disease. It is a bacterial infection that causes ascending paralysis. It is something you might not ever see in your career and if you do you more than likely won’t see them survive to tell about it. The tetanus toxin binds to inhibitory neurons so ANY sort of stimulation – even the smallest sound or light source can throw the body into an awful seizure-like episode. I kept the lights turned off and a sleeping mask covering her face for over two weeks straight. I mostly refrained from squealing over her like I normally would, though, she was so sad to look at that it helped to dampen my usual excitement. CONTINUED on next post ⬅️