Parker County Today July 2017 - Page 31

B oomerang is a two-year-old Shepherd-mix dog with a big personality and lots of energy. He was up for adoption at a Springtown festival and was adopted by a family.  “The family took him to the local vet because he was lethargic and had diarrhea. After examining him care- fully, the vet came to the conclusion that Boomerang had Parvovirus. The vet recommended he be euthanized,” explained Kenzie Montgomery of the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter.  Canine Parvovirus (or CPV) is a tiny, highly contagious virus that is extremely dangerous to dogs, especially young puppies. It mainly affects digestion and the heart. There are many symptoms to this potential deadly disease, such as lethargy, depression, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, chills, loss of appetite and dehydration. If not immediately treat- ed, it can be devastating.  Unfortunately, after hearing the vet’s diagnosis, the family decided to return the young dog to the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter to be eutha- nized. The shelter immediately took him to their vet, Dr. Kent Glenn, for his own assessment of Boomerang’s condition.  “We decided to give Boomerang a second chance because he looked like such fighter,” said Montgomery. After thorough surgical care, it was discovered Boomerang in fact did not have CPV. During a surgery performed by Dr. Glenn and his team, they identified a blockage in his intestines because he had eaten something he should not have eaten (not sure exactly what it was, but it was made of plastic). The medical team removed the blockage and nursed Boomerang back to health. Soon after, Boomerang returned to his lively, playful self with Dr. Glenn and his team overjoyed to see that Boomerang was happy and healthy.  Many people wrongly believe that all shelter pups are severely sick, but as Boomerang has proven, that simply is not true. A lot of shelter pups are very strong and healthy, and not all viruses are immediately a death sentence. Also, you will always find shelter pups to be loyal and smart companions.  Sadly, Boomerang’s forever home didn’t turn out to be so forever. Even when they learned that he had made a remarkable recovery, they didn’t have room in their hearts and home for him any longer; but, that’s good news for another deserving family.  “A lot of people expect that if a dog comes from a shelter there are going to have something pretty severe wrong with them or something, but that’s not always the case,” explained Montgomery. “We do a lot of great work here in making sure they’re vaccinated, and making sure they’re as healthy as can be before being adopted.” As of this writing, Boomerang was still up for adop- tion and looking for his forever home. For more infor- mation on Boomerang and other shelter animals, visit the Weatherford-Parker County Animal Shelter at 403 Hickory Ln., Weatherford TX. You can also go online to their website at weatherfordtx.gov/animals, or call (817) Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter Giving Second Chances Campaign $1.65 Million goal to improve The WPCAS facility and their life saving efforts. Donate online at: weatherfordtx.gov/animals 403 Hickory Lane | Weatherford, TX | 76086 | 817-598-4111 animals@weatherfordtx.gov http://www.facebook.com/WPCAnimal (All donations are tax deductable) 29