When you see the beautiful and well-loved German Shepherd pictured above, it's hard to imagine that she was once a neglected and gravely emaciated dog. But that was the awful case for Murphy, who once weighed a shocking 38-pounds.
Luckily, this story has a happy ending thanks to an adoption by school teacher Kristi Graham and her family (who rescued Murphy from Pets & People Humane Society in Oklahoma City.), as well as the tireless efforts of BluePearl Veterinary Partners, who helped get Murphy where she needed to be.
According to a press release, during her time at BluePearl, "Murphy not only got a blood transfusion but also careful monitoring and other support. A test revealed Murphy has exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, or EPI, a condition in which the pancreas does not make enough enzymes to digest food."
Dr. Cathy Meeks, the group medical director for BluePearl tells petMD, "If she didn’t get diagnosed, her odds of recovery were very low." Vets gave her a supplemental pancreatic enzyme to help move along the recovery process.
Murphy, who is 2-years-old, will require supplemental pancreatic enzymes for the rest of her life, but she's healthy and thriving. "There's no reason that Murphy can’t live a happy, healthy life, and the same is true of other dogs with this relatively rare condition," Meeks notes.
Not only is Murphy now 80-pounds, but Graham says her personality has blossomed. "[Before her treatment] she was lifeless, hungry, sick, grumpy, and now she’s a completely different dog," she says. "She’s full of life, she loves everyone she meets, and she’s just amazing. We love her so much."
Meeks says that Murphy was lucky to get vet care in time to save her life. "A case like Murphy’s is very gratifying because were were able to give her a specific test and get a diagnosis," she says. "With that diagnosis, we knew we had a specific treatment that would help Murphy."
Image via the Graham family