Pet-carer Michaela couldn’t wait to pick up her Rottweiler puppy, Thea, from her breeder. But when she arrived, she was shocked to find little Thea was only about three weeks old.
“I was under the impression that she was fully weaned off of her mother and eating well and doing great, therefore thinking she was at least 10–12 weeks old. As soon as I saw her, I could see she was too young.”
Michaela noted glassy, squinting eyes, and a difficulty in walking or even sitting up. But upon her insistence that the pup needed more time with her mother, the breeder told her that if she didn’t take her that day, someone else would.
“I could tell that she just didn’t have the time or concern to raise Thea. I took her there and then, planning to head straight to my local vet.”
But Michaela’s Vet was closed, and she started to panic. “She was very overweight. She weighed 2.9kg at just three weeks old and couldn’t walk. I couldn’t wait to get an answer, so I contacted Vetchat hoping that someone could give me some guidance on what to do.”
Dr Claire was able to offer Michaela some guidelines on feeding her puppy, management of probable worms as likely contributing factor to the belly and tips on encouraging movement. Further, she offered information about swimmer puppy syndrome, and advice on how to help little Thea to learn to walk.
We’re pleased to say that just a week after Michaela and Thea first met, Thea is now a thriving, healthy fur baby after being properly wormed, fed and managed by her loving owner.
“Thea is going amazingly! I took Dr Claire’s advice, and it worked immediately. The improvement in Thea in one week is amazing. She is now walking around—still a bit wobbly, but doing great.
I would recommend VetChat to anyone who needs immediate advice in any non-life-threatening situation like mine. It’s affordable, and you don’t have to wait around worrying before your appointment.”