Remember Prince, the emaciated dog who was on the brink of death just four months ago?
Then, the poodle looked like a lifeless bag of bones that weighed 2.4kg. Today, he weighs 4.9kg and is recovering well under the care of a kind lady who adopted him and animal welfare group HOPE Dog Rescue.
Prince was rescued in May this year when he was spotted by a woman at a pet clinic. He was left there by his breeder to be treated for his ailments and was then too weak to even walk or eat properly. Checks by veterinarians revealed that besides being under-nourished and possibly physically abused, Prince was also suffering from a litany of healthy ailments such as kidney and liver failure and tick fever.
Even though Prince, estimated to be about two to three years old, is back on his paws, he still has to go to the vet once every fortnight due to the toll on his health from years of neglect.
Prince continues to suffer from Evans Syndrome – an auto-immune disease that attacks its body’s own blood cells and platelets. He bruises easily and can’t afford rough contact, Fiona Foo, founder of HOPE, told Yahoo! Singapore.
Prince’s stomach is also bloated from the medication and steroids he's on but the bloat will go away eventually when he has finished his medication, Foo added.
He has also been adopted by perfect “mummy” for him, as she is a full-time homemaker and is able to care for Prince with full devotion.
“[She has been] teaching him how to lie down to sleep, monitoring his health and blood count, helping him gain weight and taking him to the vet almost every other day initially,” Foo said.
Prince will be making an appearance at Pets’ Day Out this Saturday.
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