Puppy Pickle’s sad tail…

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Puppy Pickle’s sad tail…

12th February 2019

We would like to introduce you to Pickle, our smallest resident. Pickle came into the Sanctuary two weeks ago in a terrible condition. He had been purchased the week before on Gumtree.

Pickle came in emaciated and weighing just 400 grams. We were given an age of ten weeks but it was clear he was much younger. His front legs were not working and he was struggling with his co-ordination. His temperature was just 35.5 Celsius (this should be 37) so he was rushed to the vets.

After warming him up and giving him fluids, Pickle went on to stay with one of our Staff who is still fostering him. An immediate diagnosis was very difficult due to his size, weakness and general poor health, but it was thought that it may be a neurological problem so Pickle was taken to see a neurological specialist. The specialist advised that due to his poor condition, Pickle should have regular small feeds and be given special care whilst he recuperates before any tests could be made.

He struggles to retain heat so has to be kept warm at all times. We have struggled to find him a coat small enough! During his two weeks in foster he has made huge progress and has started to use his front right leg and has also started to stand on his own for small periods. He is still being nursed in his foster home and still has regular small meals which he needs help to eat, but is still making progress. We are very pleased to say he has gained 110 grams too. He has his next appointment to see the specialist on Thursday so please keep checking back for updates. We don’t know what the future holds for Pickle but we will do everything possible to give him the best chance.

If you would like to donate towards Pickle’s care to help him get well and strong, or to any of his friends here at the Sanctuary, please use the donate button at the top of the page, or please donate directly from our Facebook page, @bleakholt as we receive the full amount of your donation (with no charges!)


13th February 2019

Weighing day – and an increase of 5 grams today! It’s only a small increase but still progress. Pickle was bored! But he had a little play after…..got tired, started yawning……

14th February 2019

Pickle has been to see his specialist this afternoon and loved getting lots of attention from the staff there. It is likely he has hydrocephalus which is common in his breed. Due to his size he can’t have any tests at the moment so has to go back in three weeks. Pickle has to continue to be closely monitored as a result. He has made massive improvements in his mobility over the last two days so we are hoping this continues. Depending on how he develops, he may need surgery when he is big enough, but we hope this won’t be needed if he carries on as well as he has been doing. At the moment he is a happy little puppy who’s tail doesn’t stop wagging! Thank you to everyone who is sending jumpers. Happy Valentine’s Day from Pickle!





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