|Barked: Fri Oct 5, '12 7:50am PST |
|Thanks again for all of the support. The vet checked Sandy over physically and hearing her findings today has helped slightly with the emotional pain. She was a very sick dog when I took her in (diagnosed with erlichia and worms) and we spent a good deal of time and money treating her with antibiotics and wormers, visiting 3 vets in the process. Hearing the vet report, it hears like Sandy was even sicker than we had imagined.
She also had a skin issue that we initially suspected was mange, but none of the vets thought it was a cause of concern. The vet who examined her yesterday confirmed it was indeed mange and it had started to spread across her body. Additionally, despite being treated repeatedly with several types of wormer, she was still full of worms, leading us to wonder if perhaps it was a much more serious type of worm than the initial vets led us to believe (cause if they missed mange, what else did they miss?!). When I found her she had clearly been wandering in a wooded area for quite some time and also had an open wound on one of her paws, a prime point of entry for parasites and stuff that normal "house pet" vets aren't incredibly familiar with.
Also, she had bullets imbedded under her skin throughout her body, some of them being in her face/head area leading us to wonder if perhaps that caused some behavioral changes.
There are just so many unknowns about her history, both medical and behavioral, and at this point we can only speculate what went wrong. I just hope she was able to be happy and comfortable during her time with me and knew that she was much more loved than she ever had been.
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