Update 16 April – Just to keep everyone informed, little Pickle has taken a turn for the worse. He is going to see the Specialist again tomorrow. We will update you as soon as we can.
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
20 February 2019
Pickle has now put on a total of 250 grams and is now weighing 650g so this is a huge improvement. He has started to walk, just short little distances of around a meter but he is doing well. Every time we try and get a video he falls over, so once he is a little more steady we will try and get a shot to let you see! We will keep updating until he sees the vet again in a few weeks time and hopefully we may have a diagnosis and an idea of what treatment he needs. In the meantime, that tail is still wagging…….
28 February 2019
Pickle has had a more difficult week this week and has been struggling with some pain around his shoulders. He is still eating well and playing but is uncomfortable at times so is going to see the specialist next week. He is still managing to walk a little but is still struggling. He has put on another 100g which is great as he has nearly doubled in weight. He is still happy and a playful puppy but gets frustrated as he can’t do as much as he would like. Hopefully with his special diet he will make more progress over the next week and we will update you when he has seen his specialist. He had a gorgeous blanket donated this week which he is really enjoying! Come on ickle Pickle – you can do it…..
8 March 2019
Pickle went to see the specialist today who is pleased with his progress overall. However, as he is still having mobility problems and some discomfort around his neck and front legs he is booked in to have a CT scan at the end of March. Pickle needs to put on another 200 grams before he can have this scan. However he currently has a poorly tummy so we are hoping he overcomes this quickly. He is bright and playful and eating well. The results of the scan will determine if surgery is needed.
He doesn’t mind a visit to the Vets as there is lots going on and plenty more people to give him even more attention and cuddles!
10 April 2019
Pickle has been doing well but is struggling with his walking and still has some discomfort. He went for a CT scan today to find out exactly what the problem is. Sadly it was not the news we were hoping for as he has a few problems including an instability of his vertebrae at the top of his spine. We will get full test results back next week and a treatment plan which is going to include surgery, but given his age and size it’s a very difficult operation for the vets to do. We were hoping for better news as he has progressed so well in the last week and has started walking more and more.
However in Pickle’s true fighting spirit he came out wagging his tail as always! More updates as soon as we have them. Keep everything crossed that we can give him the quality of life he so deserves.