Waterbelly is currently on medication to tackle what we believe is a type of heartworm. This medication, however, is expected to take months, if not years, to work. In an attempt to monitor his weight we therefore drain his stomach of fluid every few weeks.
This morning we drained 5 litres of liquid from his belly, bringing his weight down to 15kg. Whilst we are able to see a visible difference in Waterbelly afterwards, unfortunately the effects do not seem to last long enough and he his soon back to his previous shape within a couple of weeks.
We have a new arrival at the sanctuary – a puppy that was hit by a car and now has a fractured front leg. The aptly named ‘Mr Bean’ is very clumsy and is constantly jumping up to say ‘hello’ and then landing with full force on his broken leg. We have also noticed him getting his cast trapped underneath pieces of furniture and then yelping in pain. ‘Baby Bean’ – as I have taken to calling him – is such a character, albeit not very bright!