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McCracken County Humane Society: Bar Dog Operation Grant Report

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Puppy and kitten milk replacer and Nutrical

We have had a very busy kitten season and have had several litters of kittens and puppies that have come in malnourished. We have been able to supplement them all with kitten/puppy milk replacer to help them put on healthy weight to prepare for spay/neuter. Some of the puppies and kittens have had very heavy flea infestations and were severely anemic, and we have been able to supplement them with Nutrical to further boost their health, making them ready for adoption.

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Button (first four photos) was a kitten who came to us weighing around 1 lb. He was severely anemic, missing fur, and covered in fleas. We immediately began supplementing his diet with Nutrical and giving him wet kitten food with kitten milk replacer mixed in.

He went into a foster home where he could be given frequent, small meals throughout the day and night. With continued supplementation, he has gained weight, his fur has grown back soft and healthy, and he is scheduled to have his neuter and be placed for adoption.

Staff came in to work one morning after it had stormed all night to find a tote containing nine wet, cold, dehydrated kittens (fifth photo), including Dewey (sixth photo). They had been left in the rain sometime overnight and a brick had been placed on top of the tote to keep them inside.

They were immediately rushed in, bathed, and fed. They were given Nutrical for several days as well as wet food with kitten milk replacer added to help nurse them back to health. After a few weeks of supplementation, they gained enough weight and became healthy enough to have their spays/neuters; most of them have been adopted!

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