Well, Jug was returned to the shelter by his new "owner." Appearances can be so deceiving. Jughead was returned because he got into a scuffle with the other pit bull in the house. He has lost 20 lbs since he was adopted in February, has a raging staph infection on his skin, his ears are infected and full of mites, his hair is falling out and he is showing signs of neurological trauma. Supposedly the "owner" got a "heartworm shot" for his heartworm treatment, but we have no proof and we don't know when. The vet that arranged the no cost neuter gave him a few months of Heartguard and Doxycycline to get him started on HW treatment. If he did get Jug the shot, but continued the heartguard, the vet said it is like poisoning him. His symptoms are as follows: stumbling, drooling, excessive thirst, disorientation, and he is very hand shy. He flinches a lot. He is a ghost of the big, loveable doofus that I met in February. After all he had been through, he still loved everyone. I can't imagine what had to have been done to him to make him fearful. He's been severely neglected, at the very least. There is already a home lined up for him, through a local rescue. The animal control officer that introduced me to Jug the first time has him at her house, monitoring his vitals. The vet is currently treating him with antibiotics, medicated shampoo, ear meds and antihistamines. They want to get him stabilized and a bit healthier before they do any further testing. A wonderful woman donated towards the care he received today, and there is some left but he will need much more care.
The vinegar lavage is suddenly impossible to get a hold of, and the vet really needs to know if and when he received that shot. He's been suffering for awhile, and the vet can only go off a tentative diagnosis for now. Y'all cross your fingers that he pulls through so we can get him trusting people again, and into a home worthy of his love.