The world of veterinary medicine is always interesting and ever-changing. It’s not all puppies and kittens but, sometimes we do get the chance to completely change the life of a young patient.
One example is Pinky, the micro-Chihuahua who had been losing weight, becoming progressively weak, and had developed seizures for 2 days prior to presentation at the clinic. She was severely hypoglycemic, which means her blood sugar was extremely low. Small breed puppies are at high risk for developing hypoglycemia and should be fed small meals multiple times per day to avoid this. Signs of hypoglycemia include trembling, lethargy, weakness, drooling and seizures. She weighed 330 grams (0.72 lb) on the day she arrived at the clinic. Dr. Silvia Rodriguez took this little one under her wing and nursed her back to health over several days, even taking her home for a weekend of intensive fluid therapy and care. We weren’t certain this tiny little girl was going to make it, but she is tougher than she looks and has bounced back with a vengeance!
DECEMBER 2 UPDATE ON PINKY:
Pinky continues to thrive and now, 5 weeks later, is a happy healthy youngster weighing in at 1# 13 oz. Her hair coat has all grown in and is as black as coal and soft as satin. She has developed quite the personality and is spoiled beyond belief by her family. A happy ending for a very lucky puppy.