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Emaciated Young Hound -- Advice?

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  • Emaciated Young Hound -- Advice?

    I looked out the window this AM, and a pathetic young redbone hound was desperately searching for something edible. She is obviously young (under a year) and just skin stretched over protruding bones, sunk in everywhere and some sores on her legs (could have been caught in a trap), but a gorgeous face and expression. I immediately put some canned food in a bowl and gave it to her and she just gulped it down. I gave her a bit of dry also. Then I cooked some rice in some chicken broth and I'm giving her small amounts every 2 or 3 hours with canned food and olive oil and will be getting some chicken livers or ground meat to cook and give her with it. This is just heartbreaking, but she found the right place -- any other suggestions for her? I won't deworm or anything until she regains some weight. I know she'll need a warm place to sleep and probably a coat or something. Anyone need a sweet young hound? TIA

  • #2
    I guess my recommendation would be to take her in to the vet as soon as you can.

    Also to be careful on the food because if she's that emaciated, feeding her a lot at once can make her sick.

    If you have other pets, be careful to quarantine her if she's going to hang out at your place.

    Good luck!
    A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

    Might be a reason, never an excuse...


    • #3
      Notify Animal Control that you have found a lost/abandoned dog. For all you know she may indeed be lost and been out for some time. You'd be amazed how far animals can travel if they're scared. I once found a dog that had been reported lost several counties away, and only reported missing in its home county. I have no idea why I thought to check other shelters... but I did.

      Don't feed her. Feeding her if she's starved can kill her. Fast. You need to get the help of a vet or a vet tech for advice on refeeding.

      If you wish to tend to the animal at your expense, take her to the vet immediately. She may need fluids, and you'll at least want to give her a rabies shot. (ask the vet to cut you a break since you're being a Good Samaritan - mine does!)

      Any evidence that she's nursing?
      Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
      Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
      -Rudyard Kipling


      • #4
        Sounds like a good plan on the feeding, just keep going easy on it.

        Try to get her to a vet asap and have them also check for a microchip.
        She may be someone else's that is going nuts looking for her and then she may not be.

        We kept a very nice sweet cat once, or lets say he stayed over for a few days until a lady came over crying about having lost her cat and he was at that time, late in the evening, asleep on my pillow.
        He was happy to see her and she could not thank us enough for keeping him safe, although maybe she wanted to kill us for not having checked around for his owner.

        Any pictures of your new dog?


        • Original Poster

          Thanks for the advice. I've actually done this before, but you can always learn something from this message board. She is doing ok with the small feedings. I have the Chicken Soup dry and canned food and rice/broth and will also use some ground meat, etc. I can't get her to the vet today, but will get that done. Here are some photos. She is feeling better after a few meals.
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          • #6
            Oh wow. You weren't kidding. Skin and bones.

            Good luck. Poor pup...looks like her luck is changing though. That's great!
            A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

            Might be a reason, never an excuse...


            • #7
              Oh my. Looks like she's going to be stunning after some TLC. Please keep us posted on this girl!


              • #8
                Her toenails look so long I don't think she has been lost and on the road long, but is looking more like a case of neglect.

                The vet will also test for heartworms, I think.

                She is sure pretty and looks strong, so maybe she will be fine with good food and care.


                • #9
                  I doubt you will find a microchip, or a report of someone looking for her. A lot of hunters will dump a hound that doesn't hunt.
                  I found a hound a few years ago that looked like that. She was in the median of the highway, and the only reason I was able to catch her is because I had purchased some cheese at a farmer's market. I used it to bribe her until she was close enough to grab. Fortunately, she had a collar on. Unfortunately, it had taken most of the hair off her neck. However, a lot of her hair loss (like on her belly) was from malnutrition. Her skin was in such bad shape that she would scratch herself bloody. She also had worms, heartworms, lyme disease, and ehrlichia.
                  I named her "Skinny Minnie," for obvious reasons. The vet had me feed her puppy food for several months, as it's higher in calories and protein. I also gave her Omega-3 supplements for her skin and coat. We had to put quite a bit of weight on her before she could be treated for the HW, and of course once her body condition improved, she came in heat.
                  It's unlikely that your hound has had any preventative care, as many of these hunters just don't bother with it. It's cheaper to get another dog than to treat the one they have. I'm not saying that all the people who hunt with hounds are like this, just some of them.
                  She's also unlikely to be housebroken, as she's probably lived in a kennel or out on a chain her whole life. Minnie was terrified of normal household sounds, like the dryer, the garage door opener, or the refrigerator coming on.
                  You will find that once you get her feeling better, she will turn out to be a wonderful, affectionate dog. Minnie is very sweet, and seems to have recovered from her past. She's happiest cuddled up with me on "her" couch.

                  Edited to add that she looks like a Redbone Hound.
                  Also, I got a Good Samaritan grant from United Animal Nations. They pay it directly to the vet to help defray the cost of treatment.
                  Amateur rider, professional braider.
                  Save a life, adopt a pet.


                  • Original Poster

                    She's is dripping tapeworms. I'd love to get rid of those. I have some liquid pyrantel Pamoate and will check and see if I have any of the tapeworm pills for dogs. I might wait a couple of days to give it to her, but the worms are doing damage and taking away nutrition the longer they stay. She probably has all other varieties including heart worms as well, which we will take care of as she can handle it. My sister is coming out with a sweater for her and I moved an igloo up by the back door and put bedding in it and have a doggie bed also coming for her. I'd love to get her to stay in the feed room of one of the stallion barns, it's warm and cozy with alot of hay on the floor. I need to cook some more rice. It's so hard to see her like this -- I just want to fix it all at once, which is my problem and I'll have to find a dose of "patience" for me (very elusive!). Thanks for the advice. I'll post pictures as she recovers.


                    • #11
                      Will she let you handle her? Does she appear to have any clue about walking on a leash?
                      Amateur rider, professional braider.
                      Save a life, adopt a pet.


                      • #12
                        She is very cute. Keep posting pictures as she gets healthy and fills out.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by TKR View Post
                          She's is dripping tapeworms. I'd love to get rid of those. I have some liquid pyrantel Pamoate and will check and see if I have any of the tapeworm pills for dogs.I might wait a couple of days to give it to her, but the worms are doing damage and taking away nutrition the longer they stay.
                          You need Praziquantel for the tapes. I would *not* deworm her until you brought her to a vet.

                          I can think of several other parasites that are much more pathogenic and harmful than tape worms.

                          I would be *Very* careful feeding her. We took an old dog that looked like this, and we started feeding him 1/4 or 1/2 cup of food 3 or 4 times daily. Yes, it will take time to put weight on them, but for a dog that has not seen a good meal in a long time, refeeding syndrome can literally kill. Also, I would feed her dog food rather than a variety of other sorts of human food.

                          I would make sure she goes to a vet with a microchip scanner. Many good breeders will chip all their puppies....

                          She looks like a doll, and I am so glad you took her in. She wouldn't have survived long out there...


                          • #14
                            Good on you for taking her in. She's going to be a beautiful girl with some TLC.

                            I can't really add any advice - but I have learned a few things about treating for HWs (through working with border collie rescue) so let us know when you get to that stage.

                            I had no idea about re-feeding syndrome until I joined COTH. Y'all are a wealth of information.
                            I'm not ignoring the rules. I'm interpreting the rules. Tamal, The Great British Baking Show


                            • #15
                              I would snatch her up in a second! Pretty girl, and good luck.


                              • #16
                                Found Hound

                                Did you check inside her earflaps to see if she has any tatoos?
                                That might give a clue-------


                                • #17
                                  Your Karma just went up a few points...I heart you for taking her in.

                                  What a beautiful dog...she appears to have been without food for a long time. Obviously you don't know her circumstances, but a dog that emaciated has been starved for weeks. I have Corgis but have always had a soft spot for "Southern" hound breeds. Keep us up-to-date on her.


                                  • #18
                                    She is going to be beautiful. A pox on the idiot who let her get like that.
                                    You are a saviour.
                                    My sister just almost lost a dog to bloat, she was lost for 4 days and when she came home my sister fed her a regular meal and she immediately bloated. she knows dogs, but didnt think about this.
                                    So be careful and bless you for taking her in.


                                    • #19
                                      Like others have said, be very careful with the food, ESPECIALLY the fats, if anything a sudden large dose of fat can give her pancreatitis and that's very deadly, especially to a hound who's already so debilitated. Once she's seen a vet, a few small bland meals a day like boiled chicken and broth with dry food will ease her system back to normal and prevent her from getting sick or from bloating.


                                      • #20
                                        No advice here but I just wanted to say how kind it is that you helped that hound.