He has a mane of white hair and a frumpy look about him, so we named him Professor.
Professor holds the world record not just for emaciation, but also for the number of fleas on his body. Even though you're not supposed to give a bath to a dog this weak, we gave him a bath in hot water to get rid of the fleas, and toweled him dry.
After a week at the club, Professor hasn't gained any weight. However, he is still alive, which we consider a victory. The sudden intake of food weakened him, something we've seen before. The theory is that he was wasting away, but relatively unaffected while his body was substisting by cannibalizing its own muscle tissue; when given food, the parasitic worms in his gut came to life, weakening him.
His digestion is very poor - we feed him Recovery, and what comes out his butt resembles Recovery in both look and smell. He also leaks poop, so he needs to be cleaned up, like an infant.
Professor desperately needs to be dewormed, but a deworming right now would kill him instantly. Even healthy dogs bleed and suffer when dewormed, if they are heavily infested with worms.
It requires patience: we are feeding him every day with a syringe, and giving him oral rehydration solution, glucose, nutrition supplements, vitamins, probiotics, and antibiotics, in the hope that he will get a little bit stronger so that we can safely start the deworming process.
We'd also like to take him to the vet as soon as funds are available. Thank you to Buttons' owner for picking up our tab at the clinic!