Animal League America Veterinarian Dr. Briana Mirchel, who first examined Blossom when she arrived, said the puppy was brought in by a good samaritan who found her wandering the streets, but it's unclear the situation in which she was living prior. Whatever the circumstance, it's obvious she wasn't eating, nor was she being properly cared for. But despite all of that, the first thing she did was wag her tail and give kisses to our medical team, proving what a gentle and trusting soul she has.
"Obviously, when you first see this little girl you can tell she's extremely malnourished and underweight. We noticed that she has several skin lesions on her, and a skin scrape found demodex mites to likely be the cause, which is not uncommon in dogs this malnourished and immunosuppressed," said Dr. Mirchel.
Referring syndrome, which can occur in emaciated dogs that try to catch up and ingest too many calories too quickly, was a major concern. Blossom's bloodworm and electrolytes were monitored constantly during her recovery process.