Cricket came to us from a high-intake partner shelter here in New Jersey. He had suffered years of neglect and abuse and was in deplorable condition. He weighed only 5 pounds. He was covered in diarrhea and urine scald, his coat was matted all way to his skin, and his flea and ear mite infestation were so severe that he had bleeding sores on his neck and back.
Cricket's medical issues are complicated. He is diabetic from the steroid injection he desperately needed at the shelter. He is in stage 2 kidney failure. He also suffers from inflammatory bowel disease. In addition to his urgent medical issues, Cricket is a victim of backyard breeding - he is missing a vertebrae in his spine! He suffers from neuropathy, vitamin deficiencies, and arthritis.
We are working with Cricket's primary vet, the wonderful Dr. Stock at Montclair Animal Hospital, as well as internal medicine specialist Dr. John Lucy and veterinary nutrition specialist Dr. Laura Eirmann, both of Oradell Animal Hospital, to address Cricket's many competing medical issues through both medication and diet. Cricket receives around-the-clock care in his foster home (for real, this guy is a JOB but there is no better job in the world!), a specialized diet (he eats 5 times a day on a specific, calorie-controlled schedule, with a mix of prescription foods and a home-prepared diet under strict veterinary supervision), twice-daily insulin, blood sugar and urine monitoring, daily sub-q fluid therapy, and so much of the love that he was deprived of in his previous life.
Our current goal is to bring his diabetes into remission, preserve his kidney function, reduce the pain from arthritis and diabetic neuropathy, and resolve his IBD issues. We are also working to improve his body condition (currently a 3 of 7) and help him gain some much-needed weight. He's getting stronger every day and truly living his best life!
Due to his fragile medical condition and need for ongoing specialized foster care we are not accepting adoption apps for Cricket at this time.
During Cricket's journey back from terrible neglect and abuse, he required hospitalization several times, and his ongoing care means regular bloodwork, rechecks, insulin, and so much more. Please, help us help Cricket with a donation if you can!