Just when we think we've seen it all, another sad case comes in that just takes your breath away. Puffer truly broke our hearts when this little guy came in with three of his cat friends who, thankfully, were not in bad shape. The owner of Puffer and his friends had become terminally ill so their care was to be taken over by a friend. At some point, the care of poor Puffer went by the wayside and this little guy was in desperate need of medical attention.
At first glance, it looked as if Puffer was just dirty and severely matted. If only that's all his problems were! Puffer was clasping something between his teeth that we could not tell immediately what it was. It seemed to be causing him pain, because he turned away from us touching it or trying to remove it but once we got a better look, we were just horrified. Puffer was not clasping the object in his mouth intentionally, it was stuck there. His mouth was glued shut with an enormous clump of hair and feces. The little guy literally could not open his mouth and we worry about how long this was there, as he is very thin and must have been unable to eat or drink.
Puffer went straight to our medical department where our veterinarian, Dr. Baris, sedated him and went about removing the mass. Six teeth had to be removed along with it, as they were diseased and stuck to the mass. In addition to those six teeth, he needed additional teeth extracted due to dental disease that was never treated. After this major undertaking was completed, Puffer was shaved down to remove the many mats throughout his little body.
Puffer also had a very heavy flea infestation which is the cause of the darker hair and skin on his back. He contracted dermatitis from the fleas so we rid him of the infestation and then he had a very long, relaxing spa day. Puffer came through all of this like a little trooper and is one happy guy today, to be able to drink, eat, and feel good for the first time in a long time. We are so happy to be able to help Puffer and give him another chance in life, and that is only due to the kind and generous folks that contribute to our Res-Q Fund. This fund is what enables us to provide emergency care as in Puffer's case. Please help out and donate to our Res-Q Fund.
Puffer is recovering nicely from the busy couple of days that he had and is looking forward to starting life again with a great family that will give him the wonderful home that he deserves. Puffer is 12 years old, and this Chinese Crested Powder Puff should not have gone through all that he did, especially at his age. Puffer would love a quiet and comfortable home, free of commotion, where he can relax and enjoy life as he should. If you are interested in Puffer, please call us at 609-693-1900, email us, or come in and meet him.