We named him Professor. We learned that Professor is a fighter. Day in, day out, he stoically endured his treatment. The odds were stacked against him. And they kept getting worse. First necrotic tissue on his behind fell off, leaving a large exposed wound that couldn't be stitched (he didn't have enough skin left, and he was too weak for surgery). Then his platelet count dropped all the way down to 28. This means he had to fight a near-fatal case of ehrlichiosis, a bacterial infection, malnutrition, and worms all at the same time.
But he clung on.
Our vet helped us a lot, our supporters funded Professor's treatment and food, and the shelter crew worked around the clock to do everything possible to aid his recovery. We zealously debrided his wound, and constantly cleaned his butt, to prevent his wound from getting infected. He was on multiple antibiotics, vitamins, probiotics, and a special type of canned food for sick animals called Royal Canin Recovery, which we fed by syringe four times a day. He was too weak to endure a deworming, and he was at near-constant risk of sepsis. But bit by bit, he got better.
Now - June, 2016 - he is well on his way to a full recovery. He has gained weight, his fur has grown back and his remaining teeth aren't wobbly anymore. He has turned into a playful little lapdog, the first lapdog in the shelter.
A big thank you to Doc Bayani's Animal Wellness Clinic for expert medical care, and to Dr Clarence and Janet Hawkins of New York for advice on debridement. Special thanks to everyone who donated to support Professor's recovery, in particular to all the donors who support the shelter with a monthly recurring donation. If it weren't for you guys, we wouldn't even be here anymore.