SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Rem, an 8 month old mutt, was only hours away from being euthanized before he was pulled from the shelter, rescued by San Antonio Pets Alive and Vet Ranch. Blind, balding, severely underweight, and suffering from a secondary staph infection Rem was in rough shape.
When Dr. Matt rescued him he found him blankly staring at the wall. He suspected that Rem’s blindness was something that could be reversed as he believed it was a result of a medication, Ivermectin, that the shelter had used to treat Rem. Ivermectin toxicity can cause blindness, and the first step was to flush the drug out of Rem’s system to see if his vision could be restored. On examination Dr. Matt found that Rem had pale gums, was anemic and had some liver troubles. He began to treat him immediately, giving him medications and a warm bath to ease his sore skin.
After only two days Rem had some vision restored. He was gaining strength, able to hold his head up and even wag his tail a little. Still timid Dr. Matt could see some signs he was learning to trust. After 11 days Rem’s vision was entirely normal. Flushing his system of the Ivermectin worked, and Rem was on the road to recovery.
Dr. Matt took Rem to his hope to recuperate. Rem began to feel safe, was eating well, and began to enjoy and thrived on human contact. He began to live the joyful life that every dog should be given the chance to have. He enjoyed the company of all his housemates, and blossomed into a happy, friendly dog.
After months of treatment, Rems’s been transferred to a foster home. He is described by his foster mother as very affectionate, and a dog that loves cuddles and belly rubs. They say he is police and great with dogs, cats, and kids. According to his adoption profile he is “basically a superstar”
Rem is further proof of what love can do to save the soul of a dog that was once scheduled to meet his end far too soon.
To view Rem’s web adoption profile click here