Hi Sundancer. It sure was a wonderful thing you did for the little gal and I am sure it has set you back a pretty penny so far with the Veterinarian and not to be a spoiled sport or the Grinch that stole Christmas or anything but I would recommend taking the little dog to at least one more Veterinarian and having her checked out top to bottom.
It’s been my experience in rescuing animals in similar situations where the biological mother deliberately abandons them to die it is because of a
sixth sense notion that the animal has that compels them to do that.
It’s not by accident or neglect any mother even in the animal kingdom abandons a pup or a kitten, the do so knowing that the infant has a mortal
Sixth sense animal diagnosis might seem primitive compared to what human animal husbandry can diagnose and accomplish, but in some cases our science
has to be specifically looking at something to detect it by the type of test utilized to determine it.
The little puppy’s problems might (hopefully not) extend beyond the obvious, and might even have something to do with why she was so targeted by
parasites. My own experience in rescuing kittens and dogs abandoned by their mothers is that the rest of the litters were perfectly healthy.
I would be looking specifically for cancer or a malformed intestinal tract or other problems with the digestive system. You might want to ask your
Veterinarian what all they tested for and what other possible ailments could mimic some of the ailments that the parasites do, especially if the dog
continues to have trouble gaining weight or begins developing with odd physical characteristics.
Sometimes rescuing a small helpless animal from a lonely death of pain and agony, just ends up increasing the pain and agony and its length, and sadly
an animal who’s only known pain and suffering is not always the best at displaying that it is in pain and suffering.
Hopefully the Veterinarian covered all the bases, but it’s better safe than sorry. You might want to get a second opinion or follow up with the
first Veterinarian that treated her that all possible avenues were explored.
Good luck, I hope all ends well.
[edit on 26/8/09 by ProtoplasmicTraveler]