About an hour ago, I found a stray puppy roaming the neighborhood. He's a soft brindled pit. He had no collar, overgrown nails, and he's completely emaciated/dehydrated. The pads of his paws are completely raw. I can see some mild hair loss in places, possible mange (doesn't look too serious though). He's also got some scars on his neck and ears.
We've kept him seperated from all of our other animals, and gave him a small amount of food and water. Once that sits on his stomach for a while, we'll feed him a bit more.) I also gave him a cool rinse, and put Frontline on him (though it doesn't look like he has fleas).
I'm holding him right now, and he's got his little arms wrapped around my neck. That's the only way he'll stop crying -- if he's as close to one of us as possible.
Is there anything else I can do for his paws? It looks incredibly painful...
Tomorrow morning, I'm taking him to our vet...but in the mean time, if any of you have any advice, let's hear it!
ok I will try again tried to answer once hope this time it goes through. Vet tommorrow for sure.... Years ago (when I was 18) I found a cat sunburned to a crisp...white cat...ears were badly burned, I applied cool compress and cleaned alittle and put a small small amount of bag baum(square green tin) you could find at wallgreens But it has to go to vets tommorrow.......It will sleep allday I bet because it is cool and will feel safe Good luck Dee
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was re reading caught the part about scars raises a flag for me what kind of scars....like fighting scars?....I am not saying this poor thing is bad just sounds like an owner doesn't need back......vet help! Like is this a smaller (like a runt).... fighters will let the money dogs practice on the weak.....
that is too sad. hes probablly very happy to be away from wherever it was he came from. maybe you could keep him? he sounds like he is a very sweet little guy. if his feet are sore, i would clean them with hydrogen peroxide, then put some neosporin cream and maybe some socks over his feet to keep him from licking them, until you can get him in to the vets. poor little guy is lucky that you found him.
Bag Balm is good. What a good person you are to take on this little guy. Doesn't it just break your heart to see something like that and all they want is to be loved. Good for you. Take good care of that baby.
Double Kudos to you, I love hearing about dogs being safe in good homes.
Especially Pits, I feel so bad for them. The way people abuse them and of coarse others but Pit abuse is widely talked about. I've read some pretty horrifying things and hope he didn't come from that but am glad someone is taking the time to show him this world isn't such a bad place.
whew glad to hear you want let him go back to stupid people they fight em.......Lucky should be his name Kucky that he found you. I would also alert the animal control that you have a thought that there might be fighting breeds near by. Whew also glad to hear bag baum is ok I was worried when I suggested it! Good luck and remember your good deed will be rewarded to you in someway~pay it forward.... ~Dee
Hate to be the barrier of "bad" news guys but isn't it a little unfair that you're "assuming" that the owner is the one to blame for the dogs condition? I'm not saying that the dog wasn't used for fighting or wasn't badly taken care of....that is one possiblity......however, that dog could also have an owner out there desperatly trying to find there lost dog that has been running around for days, been attacked by strange dogs, etc.
All I'm trying to say is I'm glad you have taken the time to care for this poor dog, but I still feel the owners have the right to be notified...who knows, you could be completely wrong and surprised about where the dog has come from.
Case in point: I once lost a cat...(ran out of the house) and looked for it for days and days...found it nowhere. I put up signs, checked with the shelter...nothing. When we finally did find the cat,..almost 2 weeks later, the poor thing was all matted up. skinny as can be, dirty, and had scratches everywhere (probably from fighting or running scared).
Point being...I did nothing to harm my cat and tried my best to find him.....none-the-less during that time he managed to have so much happen to him it was unbelievable. If anyone else would have found him they would have figured him to be a stray or abandoned cat.
Husky I do agree with you, I am not there and maybe what I said was wrong but.....it is a pitbull........not just any other dog or cat and he was taking about scars I guess that just made me see red in my eyes you know? My mom had a neighbor had a cat (poor poor thing) These are one of those people that belive put a collar on it call it good. Throw food out once in a while......Heck sometimes their (brainless son) would use as target practice with his bbgun......and yes we sat and watch em do it...called animal control...nothing....3 litters of kittens....cat road kill all the time.......the cat began to hang at my mothers....(heck why not?) well anyway they were moving.......the cat had it last litter of kittens in my mothers dresser drawer......They came and knock on our door and asked had we seen their cat.....I could not belive my mom looked them square in the eyes and said no....I am sorry I haven't seen her. She lived with my mom for 11 years. ~Dee
You've raised a good point, GotHusky. We've contacted the local shelters, and pitbull rescue foundation, to alert them that a puppy has been found. We'll also be taking him into the vet in the next couple of hours to get him checked out. We'll have them scan for a chip, too.
If the owners are missing him and actively searching, they'll stumble onto the paper trail we're creating.
But I think the thing that raised a red flag for me was the condition of his nails. They were overgrown about 3/4 of an inch (before I trimmed them a bit last night). To me that's a sign of either two things: (1) he's been out running around for a month or two with no one to properly groom him, or (2) his owner's were neglecting to cut his nails in the first place.
I think that the latter is probably closer to the truth.
There are also other variables that lead me to believe that he may have escaped a bad situation (i.e.: the neighborhood we live in, the older gashes on his neck and ears, the advanced stage of his starvation, etc.)
Like I said above, if the owners are looking for their puppy, they are bound to find him (we've reported him to every shelter in Seattle). My greatest concern is that this puppy never suffers like this again, regardless of how he got this way, you know?
In the mean time, we'll just foster him, and make sure that he's well taken care of.
I am so sorry about that I feel like crying. Is that your doggie now. I hope you or your buddies gave him or her a nice loving home.I have a doggie that was abused also. Hope you have a fun time taking care of the puppie. By the way I have some advice for you though 1. Take care of it carefully 2. dont walk it in heat 3.lots more to say but It will take up 13 pages of course
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