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Yes, These are ticks all over Marco's body. He is safe at the vet but getting a blood transfusion as we speak. He has been diagnosed with severe anemia, very low platelets, infection on the skin, erlichia
He has undergone hours of treatment to remove the hundreds of ticks from his body. He is being fed through a serum of vitamins, minerals, glucose and amino acids. Also, treatment was initiated for Erlichia.
Marco has been starving. Literally. His owners left him in the fenced area to "guard" the property and came once a week to throw kibble on the ground and give a small bowl of water. The only thing he had to live on was his own feces and the ticks. He ate both to try to survive. As the ticks fall from treatment they had to quickly remove them from his kennel because he was eating them - he was used to trying to survive this way.
Marco is not yet considered stable but his condition is slowly improving. Slowly. He is lifting his head and he walked a short distance this morning. Baby steps. But they are awesome baby steps! Please consider purchasing one of our animal-saving shirts above to help save Marco!