She Weighed Just Half A Pound When They Found Her…But These Vets Saved Her Life

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There’s a reason that puppies aren’t fully weaned from their mother until they’re between seven and eight weeks old. In addition to the emotional support, they need mom’s nutritious milk and warmth to help them survive. Unfortunately though, stray dogs and orphaned pups often find themselves without a mom, making their odds of survival incredibly slim.

That’s just what happened to Lily when she was brought in to the San Jose Animal Care Center.

A Good Samaritan found Lily alone and barely alive. They spent two days trying to help her recover by feeding her milk…

But when Lily’s condition worsened, they brought her into the San Jose Animal Care Center.

Vet clinic staffers weren’t sure the tiny puppy — who weighed just 0.5 pounds — would survive 30 minutes, let alone the next few days.

While they looked for a rescue to take her in, they got to work. They gave her fluids through a catheter, provided heat support, and began feeding her through a syringe.

Naturally, she was exhausted.

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Watch as a veterinarian feeds the tiny tyke.

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Sometimes we drop everything and do amazing things to save lives.Today a dying puppy (weighing 0.5 lbs.) came in to the shelter. She had low blood sugar levels, was hypothermic and dehydrated. She was barely responsive. Fortunately, our shelter’s amazing veterinary team pulled together an amazing effort to bring this girl back to life! We placed a catheter into her femur so that we could give her life-saving fluids and sugars. With that along with heat support, we got her eating from syringes and feeling so much better!The best news is that she has been rescued thanks to Fred’s Friends and has a veterinary nurse fostering her to ensure she continues to recover!FULL STORY: http://www.tailsofasheltervet.com/2016/03/06/two-days-after-found-in-park-tiny-dying-puppy-brought-to-shelter/

Posted by Tails of a Shelter Vet on Tuesday, March 1, 2016

After a few hours, Lily was in much better shape. The clinic had also found a veterinarian nurse who would foster her!

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Tiny Lily is doing SO much better! She is eating on her own and loves to give kisses.

Posted by Fred’s Friends on Thursday, March 3, 2016

Now, just over two weeks after the pup came in off death’s doorstep, Lily is playful and gaining her strength!

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Yep that's little Lily. She is doing so well now and has recovered! Isn't she adorable???

Posted by Fred's Friends on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Dr. Ostermann noted in her blog post about Lily that while the person who found her only had the best of intentions, it’s important to be sure the mom isn’t coming back — and only then should you bring the animal in to the professionals:

“Sometimes good intentions can be more harmful than you would expect. Many people who find kittens or puppies assume that they are orphaned instead of waiting to see whether their mother comes back to them. The babies will do best in their mother’s care, so removing them from their environment before you are sure their mother is not coming back could hinder their chances of surviving. If you are convinced that mother is not returning to her babies and you are not well-versed in caring for orphaned kittens or puppies, please take them to your local veterinarian immediately for guidance.

We’re just glad this story ended with a happy result. Best of luck, Lily!

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