Ali Thompson, a vet at Bradenton veterinary clinic, had just finished the second euthanasia she had to perform that afternoon when the receptionist rushed in a puppy. The dog was completely paralyzed and resembled a coffee table when they picked her up. Ali instantly knew that the puppy had tetanus because she could see all the signs like the pinned back ears and the sardonic grin.
Ali immediately administered a high dose of muscle relaxant on the 13-week-old puppy. She called the owner and told him about the diagnosis and that the puppy had a 30 to 50 percent chance of surviving. Sadly the owner opted to put her down because he did not have enough money for her medical care. Ali was dejected by the owner’s decision and impulsively made up her mind to take her in.
Ali called the owner again and told him about her intentions regarding the puppy. The owner gratefully signed over the puppy to her. They had an understanding that the puppy might not make it and if she did, he could no longer take her back. Ali named the puppy Bunny because of her tetanus ears.
Thus began the arduous task of nursing the puppy back to health. Ali set up a makeshift treatment room in her house. Bunny required round-the-clock care. She was thankful that her husband, Matt, assisted in taking care of Bunny.
Along with her medications, Bunny also had motion exercises and massage therapy. However, Bunny still had constant convulsions for more than a week. Ali covered her eyes because any sort of stimulation could throw the body into seizures.
By the second week, Bunny began to show small improvements. She began wagging her tail and trying to lift her head. A few days later, she was able to stand up a few times.
Three weeks after Bunny’s medication started, she did something that made Ali cry happy tears. When Ali came home from work and Matt put her down on the grass, she started to walk towards Ali with her tail wagging. Since then, Bunny started regaining full control of her body.
Ali and Matt did not initially intend to keep Bunny, but they both knew that they could not let her go after all they had been through. They decided that she should be a part of their family.
Bunny’s story is now inspiring people from around the globe to be brave when they find themselves in a difficult situation.
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