Pumpkin is a 4 month old Jack Russell cross puppy who was found by a dog walker dumped in a bush when he was about 8 weeks old. Pumpkin was extremely sick when he was discovered. He was so emaciated and malnourished that he could not physically stand. The vet scored him just 1-2 out of 5 body condition (5 being in excellent health). He was too weak to chew and could only lick food weakly and could not drink. He spent the first few days after being found on a drip.
The vet nurse decided to take him home so that he would have 24 hour care. When he did start to come round it was noted that he was blind and deaf and his whole body wobbled. He had a blood test and his liver enzymes were so high that they feared a liver shunt. They decided to treat for malnutrition and retest when he was a bit better.
Luckily, once he started to regain his strength his eyesight and hearing returned and when retested, his liver results came back as normal. His issues were caused by malnutrition and that had nearly caused liver failure. He was found just in time. The vet thinks that he received some sort of heavy blow (possibly a kick) to the head that caused the blindness/deafness and that would fit in…he is very nervous of new people and very frightened of sudden sounds. Pumpkin is now a happy and playful puppy who is confident around other dogs and ever so affectionate to people that he knows and trusts. He does need time to get to know his new carers and socialisation must be carried on his new home to help with his mistrust of people he doesn’t know. This will set him up well for the future as he is progressing daily here.
Due to Pumpkin’s nerves, we are looking for a child free home. He can chase cats, so possibly a cat free home, but he would love to live with another dog. He can get a little guardy with other dogs if he feels he is about to lose his cuddle, so he must learn to share the love whilst he is at this young and impressionable age. Pumpkin is only a baby, so he will need to be house trained properly. He has been fully vaccinated, microchipped, castrated, wormed and flea treated. A homecheck will be required and a minimum adoption fee of £150 apples.