MEGGIE and the "ARKANSAS 8"
In March of 2017, Meggie was purchased from a South Jersey “pet store” that was found to be selling puppies with parvo and subsequently, closed. Once Meggie’s owner found out the cost associated with treating Parvo, they wanted her to be euthanized. Mount Laurel Animal Hospital contacted the rescue who stepped in. Parvo is a deadly disease that has an 80% mortality rate. At just 8 weeks old, Meggie’s risk was even higher. Parvo is a virus that attacks mostly the GI tract producing vomiting, diarrhea, huge fluid loss, electrolyte imbalances, and eventual organ shut down. The fact that it's a virus means there is no cure. Treatment is supportive - IV fluids, electrolyte replacement, Dextrose drips, antibiotics for the secondary infections, etc. With severe cases, like Meggie’s, a plasma transfusion was needed.
Concurrently, 8 puppies were found in Arkansas as strays after their mother was killed by a coyote, and were taken in by the rescue. As Meggie was fighting for her life, 5 of the puppies were also hospitalized fighting their own battles due to parvo and corona (viral infection of the GI track). Our foundation gave Rescue Dogs Rock Animal Rescue a $1250 grant.
As of May, Meggie and the 5 puppies were out of the hospital. The total veterinary bill to save these 6 puppy’s lives was well north of $20,000. The rescue still has an outstanding amount owed to Mount Laurel Animal Hospital. To donate to this rescue, visit their website: http://www.rdranimalrescue.org/, or contact Mount Laurel Animal Hospital directly to donate to help offset their $11,000 balance.