Sirius Black arrived with us on the 29th July 2017 in a very poor state – he was severely emaciated, was having fits, and was very anxious, distressed and disengaged – he was unable to be left alone as he howled and cried and made significant attempts to escape from any confinement, nor would he settle when with you. We were told that he was not much interested in food and had regular diarrhoea.
Sirius had lived in two different homes during his life. Fortunately he was microchipped and through that chip we were able to trace and contact his original owner who parted with him reluctantly and who has been able to help him emotionally by visiting him.
Sirius had been seen by an emergency vet when he fitted before he came to us, but he needed blood tests which were done a few days after he arrived with us. Given his physical state, we were concerned that he may have Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency, but the tests came back negative. He was found to have low B12 for which he is having weekly injections and Campylobacter for which he was prescribed antibiotics.
Sirius is starting to settle a little and is on several meals a day of chicken/fish and rice with gastrointestinal food added – he prefers the chicken on its own but we are managing to get some other food into him and he is starting to put on a little weight – it is going to be a long haul! Since he has been with us he has had one fit, but we are monitoring him closely and keeping detailed records, to assist in consideration of medicating him for epilepsy if and when necessary.
Sirius is a sweet natured dog who, alongside dealing with his physical needs, needs time, understanding and consistency to help him relax and flourish. We will do all that we can to get him back on track, both physically and emotionally – he would welcome some sponsors, he says, if that’s not too much to ask as he needs a lot more of that ‘nice chicken’ xx