PLEASE FORWARD TO SENIOR DOG OR SHEPHERD RESCUERS ASAP! Dog is not safe in current setting.
Contact is Emily works in vet hospital - please crosspost for this boy!
From: "Emily Deeds" [email protected]> ()
Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 6:23 PM
Subject: "Smokey", german shepherd needs rescue or foster (pictures included)
My name is Emily Deeds and I work at a veterinary hospital in Pleasant Ridge of Cincinnati , OH. Smokey is a German Shepherd who has been a patient at the practice I work for almost his entire life. He's a 10 year old, neutered male, and weighs about 75 pounds. Unfortunately, this poor dog has had a tough life, and now his owners, who've had him since Smokey was a puppy are giving him up.
In 2006, Smokey was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, which is manageable with medication daily and bloodwork checks once to twice a year. In September 2008, a cystotomy was performed because Smokey had bladder stones that were blocking him from urinating. Then, in the same month Smokey was still straining to urinate so he had to undergo surgery again, but this time for a urethrostomy where additional stones had to be removed because they were so severe, and an incision was left in his urethra to provide him a larger opening to urinate through so that he doesn't block if he forms stones again. In order to help prevent Smokey's urinary stones from forming, a special diet is recommended.
The reason Smokeys owners are giving him up are mainly financial. They still haven't been able to fully pay for his surgeries, and in addition to that, they don't regularly keep him on his thyroid medication or special urinary diet. Additionally, they've admitted to keeping Smokey outdoors often in a bad part of Cincinnati where they've seen neighborhood kids through rocks at him. And lastly, due to Smokey's urethral incision and long, thick coat, his urine builds in his fur and eventually burns his skin as the fur gets matted. His owners have been urged to keep him shaved and cleaned in that area, and we've even offered to do it for free but they don't make it a priority.
Despite all that has happened to this dog, Smokey has remained one of our best patients - so sweet and easy to work with. No matter what's happening to him he only wants treats and to be petted. My fear is that due to his age and health issues no one will want to adopt him. But he deserves to live out the rest of his years comforted and loved by someone with the means and will to take care of him. Please let me know if you can help.
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