Wickett update!

Good morning friends!

I’ve totally been neglecting my blog, but I’ve just been extra busy lately! I am SURE you all have missed me so much, and I apologize for that! 😉

I thought I would give an update on my foster pup, Wickett, since he’s actually had quite a bit going on!

Wickett is about 16 weeks now, so 4 months old. He is growing, and gets along great with both Lucy & Oscar. He is happy as can be, and is always wagging his tail! He is completely crate trained, and has learned “Sit”  and “off” so far! That being said, he does unfortunately have something going on, health-wise.

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Within the first couple weeks of having Wickett, I was noticing that while he was grasping the concept of potty training, he was still peeing…everywhere! And it wasn’t like he was marking territory. It was more like he was leaking. He’d go outside, play and go to the bathroom. Then he’d come inside, and jump from the couch to the floor, and pee would come out! He would run from one area to another, and more pee! He also was drinking TONS of water. When I’d let him out of his kennel, he would make a mad dash to the water bowl and drink as if it had been days since his last drink! (I tried giving him water in his kennel, but he just knocks it over.) So, with this going on, the rescue group decided that it was time to get him checked out by the vet. (He came to Last Hope fully vetted, so he hadn’t needed to see a vet yet.)

Well, turns out he had worms…coccidia to be exact. Ugh! These worms are gotten by infected soil…which meant of course that I had to get my two dogs tested, as well as the rescue group had to get Wickett’s two brothers tested, since we didn’t know if he came with them, or if he got it from my yard. Thankfully my pups didn’t have it! So Wickett was put on meds, and well I will spare you the details of the disgusting long white worms that were coming out in his poop!

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After that, his drinking habits seemed to relax right away. Apparently coccidia can cause dehydration because they are sucking up all of the nutrients, so the dog literally can’t get enough water. Once his meds kicked in, he was able to drink and find relief from it. It still seemed like he was desperate for water sometimes, but definitely not as much as it had been. His peeing problem did not get any better though.

THEN we got a call from the vet saying that they wanted me to bring in a urine sample because his proteins seemed off. So I brought in a sample last weekend…and unfortunately, it showed the same, his protein levels were elevated. That means he had to go back to the vet this week for more testing. He went on Wednesday for another urine test, and again, the protein levels were elevated. So he had to go back to the vet again on Thursday, for a 5 hour long session of blood work. Poor pup had to be poked and prodded all day long!

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In the meantime, he has a potential adopter! She kept Wickett for a weekend stay last week, and is totally in love with him. But of course, now that we don’t know what is going on with him, everything is on hold (understandably). She is actually keeping him again this weekend for me, because my dad will be in town and we’ll be out all day on Saturday. She is a great young lady, and Wickett would be her very first dog. She is active, and so looking forward to having Wickett be her new best buddy! So, we should get the lab results today, and hopefully this will bring good news, which will then allow the adoption to be completed! Please keep your fingers crossed for my sweet foster pup!!

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*If you would like to make a donation to Last Hope Rescue, to help with all of this very costly testing he’s had done (just one of the tests was $170), you can do so via their page: http://www.lasthoperescue.org/.

3 thoughts on “Wickett update!”

  1. Coccidia are tiny single-celled parasites that live in the wall of your dog’s intestine. Not exactly a worm. Dogs become infected by swallowing soil that contains coccidia or other substances in the environment that may contain dog feces.

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