was born in March but her mom was not ready to be a mother. She did not
receive enough colostrum (vital antibodies) from her mom's milk to help her
fight off infections and she developed a severe bacterial infection called
sepsis in her bloodstream. Chloe was presented to WSU at 2 days of age. The
infection was so severe that she was in a coma and was given only a 15%
chance of survival even with intensive therapy.
Chloe's owner decided to give her a chance! She was placed in the intensive
care unit and given intravenous feedings, mulitple antibiotics, oxygen
therapy and was constantly monitored.
After 5 days of treatment, Chloe started to respond and was able to stand
for brief periods of time with assistance. She was gradually weaned off of
her medications once the infection was under control. Chloe had to be taught
how to do many tasks she had never done on her own like stand, walk and
drink milk from a bucket. After 3 weeks of hospitalization, Chloe was
finally sent home!
Unfortunately, as a result of her rough start in life, she developed severe
angular limb deformities in her front legs. She has undergone 2 surgeries
and endured another infection in her bone but finally, at 5 months of age,
Chloe is healthy and happy with perfectly straight legs.