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Havanese on Dr. Pol
I like some of the shows on NatGeo. Dr. Pol's practice is very interesting in that it involves large animals. I've had horses for many years and it is always exciting when the vet makes a farm call.
Anyway, last night someone brought a havanese pup to the clinic. It was okay in the end, but the pup was in grave condition and seemed almost gone as it lay on the table. The owner had gotten the pup at 8 weeks old and said it was fine when he brought it home (a week ago) but the last 3 days had seemed off and now wouldn't eat. It was tested for parvo and parasites (negative). Dr. Pol took its temp and it was 92.5 degrees. He put it on a heat mat and gave it sugar water orally and the pup pepped up. His diagnosis was that the puppy was simply too cold to function.
I try never to judge anyone because you really don't know what factors determine someone's actions. I wonder if this new owner simply had previously owned dogs that were more weather tolerant and didn't know this little puppy wasn't up to the cold and snow.
My little chihuahua mix hates to have a coat on and I use it sparingly. The furry dogs don't seem to mind the cold (except for the 13 yr. olds who get a little stiff). We have pig heat mats on the front porch for the outside dogs and wheat straw for them to bed down in under the porch. But the little havanese pup couldn't possibly stand that Michigan weather.