Vet saves the life of a dog with 100,000 fleas

When a 14-year-old terrier named Rascal was dropped off at an animal hospital in British Columbia, Canada (Nanaimo) it looked like the little dog was covered in dirt. But when vets took a closer look at the small dog, they realized that the “dirt” was actually masses of tiny fleas. And with more than 100,000 fleas feasting on its blood, Rascal arrived at the animal hospital in critical distress. He’d already lost more than 85 percent of his red blood cells and was on the verge of death. The vets had a choice: they could either euthanize the infested dog or give it an emergency blood transfusion. The staff chose the transfusion. After a procedure that lasted four hours — and countless baths — Rascal regained his strength and was pronounced flea-free.


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