Raising a Pup, Caesar’s First Month
Hello friends, I want to thank each of you who visited the blog last week & left their comments on our posts. In today’s post, I will be writing about Caesar’s first month with us & his health issues. We brought him home on 15 April 2015; his owner had told us that he was 2 months old. But that poor little thing didn’t look like even a day older than a month. Raising a pup is just like raising a human baby. But with Caesar, it was like raising a premature baby.
You may read Part 1 of the series here – In memory of our fur baby, Caesar!
You may read Part 2 of the series here – How we met our fur baby, Caesar?
After paying the owner, we took the pup to a nearby Animal Hospital to ensure that the baby was doing fine. The doctor just looked at him & declared the puppy was healthy. We were relieved & happy, but not for long.
When we reached home, we realized something was not right with him. He was not able to stand & walk properly; even the way he was sitting seemed weird. We had no idea what was happening with him. At first, we thought maybe it was because of the change of place, but then he started gagging.
For a moment, it felt like we were going to lose him!
We didn’t waste time & immediately took him to a private vet clinic, where the doctor told us how bad his condition was. He explained how the next 15 days would be crucial & if his health didn’t improve, no one could save him.
He gave some medicines & instructed us on how to take care of him. Like, keeping him warm & hydrated, not to take him outside. He was not to be given a bath & he should not be left alone. Also, how to introduce semi-solid food & how to give him medicines. We noted down everything!
Caesar’s first 15 days, raising a pup.
The first few days were challenging. It was a struggle to put medicines in his mouth; I had to push the pills deep into his throat & every time, it seemed like he would choke. Feeding him was another struggle. I used to feed him every 2 hours using a syringe for semi-solids & a milk bottle for liquids. But he would vomit out everything after some time.
He used to sleep the whole day, and sometimes I had to feed him in his half-dead state. Those were the terrifying days; I would check up on him every few minutes to see if he was breathing or not. Also, he used to cry at night, so we shifted our bed to the floor to give him company. And, every morning, I would find him snuggling near my pillow.
I knew he wanted to be with me; he wanted me to be his mommy.
In my heart, I could feel the love growing more and more each day for that little pup. I have never felt those feelings before, but I soon realized that I was experiencing the emotions of a mother.
“Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.” – Cheryl Lacey Donovan
After a week, his health started improving; his appetite was back & he was gaining weight. He was now recognizing my voice and would follow me everywhere, even to the bathroom. It was nothing short of a miracle to see him grow.
Caesar’s doctor was quite surprised to see the improvement in his health. He told us that our baby is now out of danger. We had to continue the treatment for another 15 days to get him ready for his first vaccination.
We had not yet decided a name for our fur baby, so we used to call him ‘Baby.’
Many people want to bring a puppy home just because they are cute & fun. But what they don’t realize is that raising a pup needs love, care, attention, patience & energy just like raising a human baby. And when this realization struck, in most cases, that poor dog ends up being abused or abandoned.
I am doing a blog series this month in memory of our fur baby, #My_Son_Caesar.
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