|Muthu making warm milk for Ram but Ram was too ill to drink|
|Ram's food was untouched|
(Muthu buys 2 packets of rice for Ram and Tiger daily)
We deliberated on waiting till morning to take him to the vet as night emergency charges were terribly expensive but Ram didn’t seem like he could make it through the night so our volunteers decided to rush him to emergency.
|Volunteers setting up the carrier for Ram - by then it was way past midnight|
|Muthu, Ram's best friend|
|Volunteers loading Ram into the van|
Ram, feeling really down. He was diagnosed with Parvovirus and Tick Fever
The hospital did not have an isolation room so he could not be warded. However, he was put on drip for an hour before we took him back to the factory and isolated him from the rest of the dogs. It was 4am by then and Muthu and his friends were still waiting for Ram to return. We were touched by their love for these street dogs.
Watch Ram and Muthu :
The next morning, our volunteers called up different vets to check for an available isolation room for Ram, so that he could get the treatment he needed. The bill for that one night alone was $900. The volunteers also took Ram's brother, Tiger, and a neighbouring dog, to the vet to be tested for Parvovirus as they too were not their usual active self. We are crossing our fingers that they don't have Parvovirus as well. We are also observing the dogs in the vicinity who may have come in contact with Ram. Next to Ram and Tiger’s factory, there are 8 other young dogs that often come over to play. They too will be tested for Parvovirus and if they test negative, they will be vaccinated immediately.
|Volunteer, Stephenie, with Tiger at the Vet|
|Taking the dogs to the vet to be tested for Parvovirus|
Whilst in the midst of pandemonium, we received news from Muthu that he had found another 2 listless dogs. The pain and suffering seem never-ending.
|Two more listless dogs|
I thank all my dedicated volunteers who helped till 4am, sleepy, tired and hungry, they too were upset that Ram was so ill. It had been a long night, when we started our night feeding from 7.30pm and due to the unforeseen emergency, till 4am. We ended the night with a heavy heart, but such is the reality when you work with strays. They lead a sad life, susceptible to abuse, disease and virus.
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Thank you for your support of these street dogs.