When our loved ones get sick, we do all things to save their lives.
Fur parents do the same thing; when their dog gets sick, they do everything to save the life of their loving dog.
When Emily saw Wilson’s photo online, she scratched off her wish list and immediately arranged Wilson’s adoption.
Wilson is a nine-months-old dog and weighs 50 pounds when Emily brought her home. Wilson has this goofy smile that Emily loved so much.
It was a challenge for Emily to train Wilson; he is not housebroken and does not even know his name when called.
As the days go by, Emily’s affection towards Wilson grows more. However, she also noticed that something’s not right with Wilson.
They noticed that Wilson has a stomach problem; most of the time, he wouldn’t eat in the morning. It is also tough to introduce new foods to him. Wilson would quickly get sick.
When Emily brought Wilson to the clinic, the vet said that Wilson is a picky eater, and there is nothing to worry about his health.
Unfortunately, Wilson became worse. Wilson lost his appetite that he lost a lot of weight.
Emily went to another doctor for a consultation. The doctor then referred them to a specialist.
Wilson underwent a series of tests, x-rays, and blood work. He even had exploratory surgery to know the underlying cause of his health problem.
Emily and her fiance finally got an answer, and it broke their hearts.
Wilson has pythiosis, a rare and fatal disease. The survival rate for having this disease is slim, by 10-20 percent of a chance. The disease has caused infection and inflammation in his intestines, which blocked food from being digested properly.
Wilson might have caught the disease from the stagnant water in mud puddles, ponds, or kiddie pools. Emily felt guilty by letting Wilson play in the water.
Emily didn’t waste time; she immediately subjected Wilson to a series of treatments and medications. Emily and her friend also did research about the disease. She even went to seek assistance from a holistic veterinarian.
Luckily, Wilson is the right candidate in a study about pythiosis that the doctors are conducting. He received anti-fungal medications and immunotherapy drugs. While on treatment, Wilson is on a feeding tube until he gains weight.
In two months, Wilson has shown a lot of improvement! He started eating on his own, but still on a special diet.
Wilson is continuously fighting for this disease. Emily and her fiance decided to share Wilson’s battle against pythiosis on Instagram.
Thank you, Wilson, for sharing your story!
Photos courtesy of wagswithwilson via Instagram