Nellie came to Eureka on the brink of euthanasia, having minimal options left for her even after numerous attempts of treatment. She was undiagnosed and not in a good way. She was weak and lethargic and couldn’t keep any food or water down, she had constant diarrhea and vomiting and was severely underweight weighing just 3.5kg! But our team at Eureka knew she deserved a chance and had her signed over into their care. We didn’t know much of her history before but we know she was from a rescue and had a down life even before there, especially with her condition being left untreated and being in a crate most of her life… the perseverance of Eureka to make this little girl better started.
Then began weeks of medication trials, food trials, frequent procedures/investigations under anesthesia, blood testing, ultrasound scans, constant nappy changes due to non-stop diarrhea, despite all of this her condition was still suspicious… Emily then took nellie into her home and treated her between there and eureka, she spent most of the months nights sleeping on the floor beside her because she just couldn’t settle . Just as we thought things couldn’t get worse , a new issue unraveled and we thought we had hit rock bottom with her… but we didn’t give up! We opted for a new plan and slowly but surely started seeing improvement. She finally obtained a diagnosis of IBD ( irritable bowel disease ) and occasional suffering of ulcerative colitis .
Emily adopted Nellie and she began her new life in her household of 4 other dogs!
Everything was so new to Nellie, learning to play , what a toy was , what a lead was … it was like starting from day one. Overtime Eureka has watched her improve day by day with frequent updates from Emily and she still is going up from here . She is only on 2 types of medication now (which is easy for Nellie, compared to what she started with!) and a special hypoallergenic diet and is now 5.5kg!
In the future we hope to wean Nellie off her medication now we understand her condition more and know how to help her!