Veterinarians working to save life of severely neglected dog

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Doctors from Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, a specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Fort Lauderdale, are treating a mixed-breed puppy for severe mange and emaciation, after he was rescued by team members from 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida Rescue.

The dog, named Patterson by rescuers, was found on Miramar Parkway on Saturday after several tips were reported via social media. Rescuers rushed Patterson to Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, where he immediately began receiving emergency care.

Upon arrival, doctors assessed that Patterson was suffering from severe mange, which is covering approximately 90 percent of his body, and has left him covered with sores, scabs and sloughing skin. Patterson’s condition is so severe that he is unable to normally regulate his body temperature and blood sugar levels.

“This is truly the definition of total abandonment and neglect,” said Amy Roman, president and founder of 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida Rescue. “We’re just thankful some people took notice, contacted us and that we were able to get him the help he needs.”

Patterson is currently in Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists’ intensive care unit. Doctors are treating him with IV fluids, antibiotics, canine albumin, which is a special blood product carried by limited specialty practices for the treatment of severe wounds, and also providing treatment for pain management.

As Patterson’s story has spread, people have donated to help with his care, and Jazz Medical, a specialty veterinary medical supply company, reached out to Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists on Monday to let them know they are sending a care package with a supply of their advanced wound care products to help Patterson.

“At this time, Patterson’s prognosis is guarded, however we are hopeful that he will make a full recovery,” said Dr. Lynel J. Tocci, a board-certified specialist in veterinary emergency and critical care. “Additionally, we are moved by the generosity of the community and their assistance in helping Patterson take these first steps towards recovery.                                                                              

According to their website, the 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has helped to rescue more than 3,300 animals in South Florida. 

People interested in donating to Patterson’s care can do so by visiting:

About Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists
Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists is a 24-hour veterinary emergency, critical care, referral hospital and imaging center serving Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties. Their services include: emergency, critical care, internal medicine, neurosurgery, neurology, ultrasound, CT-scan, digital radiography, bereavement counseling, physical therapy, rehabilitation, as well as, soft tissue, orthopedic and reconstructive surgery. LVS can be reached at 954.641.1100 and is located at 3217 NW 10th Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.

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