GRANADA, NICARAGUA _ Tita groaned in pain. An intravenous (IV) catheter stuck out from her neck, a blood transfusion underway. At that moment, she had about a 10 percent chance of survival.
A two-month-old black and white puppy, Tita arrived at the World Vets Surgical Training Center with severe anemia, intestinal parasites, dehydration and low blood sugar. The worst of her dilemma was parvo — a highly contagious and sometimes fatal viral disease.
Tita’s owner Hazel Roman brought her to the clinic at 9 a.m. in tears. Roman said the puppy had been in her care for two weeks and she was already attached. Tita was part of the family.
“My poor dog”, Roman said. “I don’t want her to suffer anymore.”
With good intentions, Roman said she gave Tita an over-the-counter deworming medicine. The unknown medicine, however, gave the dog an adverse reaction, causing her already depleting condition to spiral downward.
Roman left the World Vets clinic with high hopes.