Surprisingly, the once skinny and imprisoned little dog has completely changed his appearance

Feeling Fine Rescue, founded by Tracey Godin, is based in Loxahatchee, Florida. When police were working on deportation paperwork at an apartment complex in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in early November, a young man reported to them about a dog sitting outside of a vandalized apartment.

“He was left in a cage in the backyard when the tenants moved out with no food or water,” Godin told The Dodo. “Of course, the police asked how long the kids had been there, and they said it had been a week or more.”

But Dice had likely been overlooked for much longer.

“He hadn’t had proper care for months,” Godin explained. “Last week was really his last decline.”

The police contacted animal control, who transferred Dice to a nearby shelter. A friend of Godin's who works as a volunteer at the shelter saw Dice come in and took pictures. When she received the pictures from her friend, Godin was shocked and heartbroken.

“It just takes your breath away,” Godin commented. “I didn’t know he was still alive. My eyes burned from tears.”

The next day, Godin and her daughter Micaela rescued Dice from the shelter and took him to see a veterinarian.

“He couldn’t walk more than five or six feet without collapsing,” Godin explained. “We’re in the vet’s parking lot right now, and he couldn’t handle the weight and his own fear when he stepped onto the sidewalk.” “I don’t believe he could have made it.”

“He’s 30 pounds, but he should be 65 pounds,” she explained. “He’s extremely dehydrated and anemic.” His body has no muscle mass, and you can see his bones. His eyes look deeply into his own bones. In my opinion, if he had been left in the cage for another day, he wouldn’t have made it.

Dice began living at Feeling Fine Rescue, which is run by Godin and her daughter.


5 Common Health Problems in Dogs

Some health issues are specific to certain breeds of dogs, such as respiratory issues in brachycephalic dogs. However, other dental health issues may affect any dog. Here are 5 typical health conditions you need to watch for in your four-legged friends:

1. Skin Problems
One of the most obvious signs that your dog has a skin condition is itching. Other symptoms that may indicate skin problems in your dog include eczema, redness, dryness, papules, keratosis pilaris, skin ulcers, dandruff, and hair loss.

2. Ear Infections
Around 20% of dogs suffer from ear infections. This is especially common in dog breeds with drooping ears, such as Cocker Spaniels and Basset Hounds. People may typically find accumulated earwax or pus in their ear canals. But others may experience pain, itching, redness, swelling, and flakiness.

3. Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
This condition, also known as UTI, can make your four-legged friend feel uncomfortable while urinating. Symptoms of a urinary tract infection include drinking more water than usual and urinating more frequently. Your dog may also only pass a small amount of stool or lose bladder control. Additionally, you may see blood in their urine or smell a strong odor.

4. Vomiting
There are many reasons why your pet may vomit. You don't need to see a vet every time your dog vomits, but it's not something you can ignore either. Don't guess. If vomiting persists or occurs with other symptoms like diarrhea or lethargy, you need to take it to the vet quickly. This could be a sign of serious health problems like poisoning or gastrointestinal blockage.

5. Diarrhea
This symptom can occur on its own or may accompany vomiting. Its potential causes are similar to vomiting. One or two instances of diarrhea may not be an emergency for pets. But repeated diarrhea can lead to dehydration.

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