Elsa Is a precious dog that lived nearly all of her life neglected at the end of a chain. She had been been left outside during one of the coldest nights of the year. Elsa’s temperature wouldn’t even register on the thermometer. She wasn’t moving. The only sign of life was a faint wag from her tail.
Fortunately, a good Samaritan called us on one of our clinic days. He said he just could not ignore her suffering.
We had to warm her slowly. Elsa was given warmed fluids through an IV, we surrounded her with warmed bags of water and covered her with blankets for three hours. Because Elsa was underweight and in poor health, it took longer for her to revive.
But Elsa is a lucky girl.
Unfortunately, many dogs are not so lucky. Too often they are chained up in the cold without shelter.
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