Alright...so. I actually joined this site for this reason because I need some help. My grandfather has been very sick lately so me and my family have had to stay with him from time to time (IE a couple times a week). His neighborhood is fairly quiet; he lives in a community with few people.
However, there's one problem. There's a gorgeous german shepherd that wanders on his street. Well, he's not gorgeous now; he's filthy and starving, but a real sweet heart. He's also sick.
I have my suspicions of a bad ear infection. He repeatedly shakes his head and scratches his ears (inducing high pitched whines), even to the point of rolling over to scratch in the grass or rubbing against my legs and crying. It's really hard to watch.
I am an animal activist and I hate to see strays wander the streets helplessly. I don't want any ill harm to come to such a sweet kid, but this infection is beyond horrible. I managed to get the shepherd, I lovingly named him Buddy Boy (hence my username), to sit still on the porch and I looked in his left ear, the one that seems to be bothering him more.
Inside was slimy with wax and infection and a fluid resembling the color and texture of pus. There was too much to even put the tip of my finger into his ear and press down (to see deeper inside) and it was running down the side of his face. There's large clumps of the mess on his left cheek.
Aside from the infection, he is starving and I can see his ribs through his fur even at a distance. I also have my suspicions a rib on his left side may be broken/fractured or he has something internally wrong with him because when I pressed gently along his ribs, when I got closer to the end, he jumped and nipped my hand like it hurt him.
He is covered in scars along his feet where I suspect he either was hit multiple times or he escaped from a place that would have cut his legs/feet up. He also has a scar along the bridge of his nose about a centimeter down from his eyes.
I believe Buddy is a purebred or very close to one. He is roughly the right side and height. "Abnormal" things I noticed about his body and shape is that his muzzle is longer than 6 inchs. If I had to roughly measure it, I'd say it is about 8 inchs long. Also, the sort of "slope" you see on a shepherd's back and hips doesn't apply. He stand fully straight like any other dog.
Besides all of this, Buddy does not limp or hide from anyone. He is a sweet heart and will come up to you right away if you call him. He enjoys his belly being scratched and for you to pet his head.
Any other details I find out about Buddy will be posted here. The only other thing I can think to mention is that he is not neutered and wears a rusty choke collar (which I have half a mind to take off of him).
If anyone can help me with this, I will be eternally grateful (and I'm sure Buddy will too). I don't want to see such a darling boy suffer like this.
I'll be happy to answer any questions anyone may have; I just need some feedback on this.
Thank you all.