Puppy Saved!!

Meet Puppy Zeus πŸ™‚

This handsome fella is Zeus. His Mom Daisy (a chihuahua) came to Helping Hands Affordable Veterinary Surgery and Dental Care in December of 2016 in need of an emergency C-section. Mom Daisy had three boys and one girl. The little boy above was born with a cleft palate.This can be a life threatening condition for a newborn puppy. It makes it very difficult for the puppy to nurse resulting in slow growth and weight-loss. Ultimately it may lead to aspiration pneumonia if the milk enters the cleft and infects the lungs. It was immediately clear this puppy would need around the clock care in order for him to have a chance at survival. Our Rockstar Licensed Veterinary Technician Sarah Jane volunteered to take the puppy home and give him the care he needed…to give him every chance.

Sleepy puppy

Sleepy Puppy Zeus

What Happened Next

She had to tube feed him every four hours for the first week. He did well and then graduated to syringe feeding. A little more than a week after that victory, he graduated to bottle feeding! He took to the bottle very well. At about four weeks old, his puppy teeth came in. At that point Sarah Jane introduced wet, mushy food on a plate. He sneezed some food out exactly two times, then moved forward like the littleΒ  champ he is! His favorite activities are eating, sleeping and playing with his puppy toys…in that order.

Hungry puppy

Hungry Zeus tries to eat Elaina’s nose!

What Happens Now

So Sarah Jane has named him Zeus and as he approaches six weeks old, he has met all of the treatment goals she set for him. He is chubby and healthyΒ  and ohh, soo cute! Now that he has gotten this far, the question on everyone’s mind is…will he require surgery to correct the cleft palate? At the time of his birth, it appeared that very little of the soft palate was involved and that it was more of a cleft lip. So we are all in a ‘wait and see’ stage together. As we know more, so will you…stay tuned for more Zeus chronicles:)

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18 comments on “Puppy Saved!!

  1. Wanda Smith on

    I am so glad you were able to save this adorable puppy Zeus. I wish you could have saved my Pepsi in 2015 but his cancer was to aggressive. I do thank you for all you did and continue to do for other animals. I wish you a very successful 2017. So keep up the good work. Thanks again.

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    • Veronica on

      Thank you so much for your kind words Wanda. We are so sorry to hear of Pepsi’s passing. We remember your sweet Pepsi very well. Our thoughts are with you and we wish you a wonderful 2017 as well!

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  2. Joe Sarver on

    This is excellent! Thank you for sharing this story. Please keep on keeping on with the inspirational work that you all do. God bless Sarah Jane for her extraordinary effort in nursing Zeus to good health.

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  3. John Zinn on

    Helping Hands is an excellent program for people who can’t afford life saving treatment for there pets. I have taken my dog Cooley blonde cock-a-poo there a couple of times for teeth cleaning and teeth that had to be abstracted. Keep doing what you have been doing and the blessings will flow.

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    • Veronica on

      HI there Mr. Zinn and Cooley!Thank you so much and please give Cooley a big kiss from all of us:) We also want to make sure you know we are no longer in our Carytown location. Our new address is 1605 Rhoadmiller St, RVA 23220. We now have a parking lot and spacious client lounge for you to relax in πŸ™‚

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  4. The Rev. Joan Vella on

    What a gift your organization is to all the animals you have cared for. My Muffin is still grateful for your care when her mouth was in such need for teeth extraction .

    Zeus is one very fortunate dog. Thank you for sharing this story. My prayers and gratitude are with you.

    Sincerely,
    Joan Vella

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  5. Terry on

    So wonderful to hear you saved another life, and what a cutie little Zeus is. You saved our dear cat, “Sonny,” Spring of 2016, who suffered a compound fracture of a hind leg. You did superlative work, amputating his little leg to save his life; he survived & recovered the surgery (in spite of a severe heart murmur), and did very well, & quickly learned to hop and get about on 3 legs. Unfortunately, we lost Sonny a month ago due to sudden cardiac/respiratory arrest — his heart condition finally “got” him. All in all, he had a good life, and we are very happy to find out about your practice, and that you were able to extend his life. One of our other cats that we rescued was born w/a cleft palate like Zeus — he is doing quite well and has the sniffles quite a bit, & occas. sneezes, but he’s learned how to cope (as have we) & we keep an extra eye on him always. Glad to hear Zeus is doing well too!

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    • Veronica on

      Hello Terry!Thank you so much for your response and update. We are so sorry to read of Sonny’s passing, however, we are so glad you all were able to have some more ‘good time’ with him. Maybe Zeus will meet his feline counter-part one day. Lets wish the very best for both of them:)

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  6. Shoukoufa Aboubakri on

    You guys are just all simply amazing! I’ve been bringing my puppy girl Callie for few years now for her dental cleanings and I wouldn’t take her anywhere else! Thank you all for all you do and the care you provide these pets and the kindness you have towards the pet parents. Callie and I always look forward to coming every six months..and your lounge is awesome! πŸ™‚

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    • Veronica on

      Thank you so much Shoukoufa! We love seeing you and your sweet Westie Callie and we are so glad you enjoy the lounge! She is one lucky lady to have a Mom that takes such good care of her:) We look forward to your next visit, please give her a kiss from us πŸ™‚

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  7. Kenneth Peterson on

    I get tears in my eyes every time I here about these stories. Unable to afford my little Pandas teeth extractions Helping Hands came to the rescue. Without your caring help my boy wouldn’t be here right now. And this little cutie without your help wouldn’t be here right now either. I think you guys are great. Everyone at Helping Hands deserves nothing but praise for the work you do. Thank you for taking care of dog. Ken

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    • Veronica on

      Thank you so much Ken and Diane and thank you for making the drive down from PA! We are glad to hear your Panda is doing well, please give him a big hug from us! He is a very lucky little guy to be soo loved by you guys πŸ™‚

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