Rufus was a stray rescued in St Kitts by one of the animal rescue groups, Saving Animals From Emergency (SAFE). He was rescued in early February and was found emaciated with an obvious skin problem.
Rufus was seen by his veterinarian and diagnosed with demodex - an infectious skin mite. The damage to the skin caused by this mite had also caused an infection. Demodex, commonly called mange, is a normal parasite that lives on the skin of dogs. However, when the dog's immune system becomes compromised the parasite can overcome the natural balance and cause an infection.
As if that wasn't enough, Rufus was severely anemic (low red blood cells) and tested positive for Ehrlichia.
Ehrlichia is a bacteria transmitted through the bites of ticks. The bacteria infect the white blood cells (the cells that fight infection) of the animal. The bacteria attack the cells in the body that aid in clot formation making the infected animal at risk for bleeding disorders.
It is truly incredible to see the progress that Rufus has made in the 2 short months since his treatment was started! He was hospitalized for multiple days to receive intensive veterinary care but is now living his best life in a foster home until he is healthy enough for adoption!
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