A puppy in Canada is lucky to be alive after being found in the wild covered in about 700 ticks.
Named Tic Tac by its rescuers, the dog was found near a reserve outside of Regina on Friday evening, according to cbc.ca. Caillin Rodonets, co-founder, and director at CC RezQs Regina explains that she received a frantic text from a volunteer about the puppy, who was covered in ticks, lethargic and unable to stand.
Rodonets explained to the news site that their immediate goal was to get the dog to a clinic.
“If we can at least get it to the vet, it increases its chances of survival by 10-fold,” she said. Volunteers took Tic Tac to the TM’z Vet Clinic, where veterinarians determined the pup had more than 300 fully engorged ticks and about 400 small ticks. The poor thing was also covered in fecal matter and bugs.
Rodonets explained that rather than returning home to their families, veterinary staff and animal rescuers spent four hours pulling ticks off of Tic Tac and shaving the puppy’s coat.
When they were finally done, Tic Tac’s tiny, weak body was revealed and she was found to weigh less than four kilograms.
Dr. Tanya Marshall from TM’z Vet Clinic ran blood work and found Tic Tac’s red blood cell count to be extremely low, which required an urgent blood transfusion. Marshall determined that the 12-week-old puppy would have died of blood loss if it wasn’t found.
“This by far one of the worst cases we’ve ever had,” said Rodonets. “It’s the first case we’ve ever done a blood transfusion on a dog in a rescue.” Marshall’s own dog Kelso was the donor and it laid still for 20 minutes as a transfusion bag filled for Tic Tac.
Within one hour, Tic Tac’s gray gums developed color, and she began to want food. The following morning she was in great shape and she was wagging her tail. “She, being nearly lifeless when she came in, was a completely different dog,” said Rodonets.
“She’s adorable and she’s doing very, very well,” said Marshall. Tic Tac also required antibiotics along with treatment for anemia.
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