Elmo and his pal Grover came from a severe hoarding case, where neither of them had any positive human contact. They were both very shut down, afraid and defensive – they didn’t know any other way to be.
While at the vet, Elmo was given the intake exam and diagnosed with a serious case of kennel cough, so he was isolated from other pups for ten days and given meds to treat the condition. His case was so severe that he needed an IV to help stay hydrated and appetite stimulants to get him to eat anything. The kennel cough sounded severe enough that it may have developed into pneumonia, so x-rays were taken as a precaution to check little Elmo’s lungs.
Kennel cough often has symptoms of a loud, “honking-sounding” cough, difficulty breathing or wheezing, and an overall depressed mood with a lack of appetite. It’s a treatable condition with medication and bedrest for the pup.
Thankfully Elmo didn’t have pneumonia and is able to recover in a foster home. He’s learning what love, kindness and affection are. He’s still incredibly shy, but he just needs one family to give him a chance to be their forever dog.