I'm being cared for by:
Acadiana Humane Society
Facts about Forrest
- Breed: Rat Terrier
- Color: Tricolor (Tan/Brown & Black & White)
- Age: Adult
- Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
- Sex: Male
- ID#: 3269846
My name is Forrest!
I am already neutered, housetrained, purebred, a special needs pet, up to date with shots, not good with kids, not good with dogs, and not good with cats.
Please contact Sue (email@example.com) for more information about this pet.
We rescued Forrest on November 6, 2010 when a lady brought this underweight Rat Terrier into the Lafayette Petco during our adoption event. Someone had dumped two dogs in her neighborhood 3 weeks before, and she had been feeding them. A neighbor took in the one, and she could not keep this one, so she brought him to Petco looking for help. Acadiana Humane Society agreed to take him in, after scanning him for a microchip and not finding one.
We were feeding him high quality natural puppy food in an effort to help him gain weight. After going through some medical treatment we detail below, he has put on weight and is healthier, happier, and a little on the plump side. We have him on regular dog food now.
We discovered on November 23, 2010 that Forrest is suffering from a heart murmer. He was supposed to be neutered and vetted at Spay Nation, but they discovered a grade 4 out of 5 heart murmer. Because they do not have an EKG machine, they recommended bringing him to another vet.
We then took Forrest to Dr. Guillory at Pet Care Animal Hospital, who confirmed that he does indeed have a grade 3 or 4 heart murmer. He also tested him and discovered he is heartworm positive. His lack of weight gain was due to his heart condition. Forrest needed a lot of TLC and special care to prevent him from going into congestive heart failure. He is doing much better now.
Forrest has been on a treatment plan of Heartguard followed by 30 days of Doxycycline, then another HeartGuard. He is currently on 60 days of no Doxycycline, then it will be time for another 30 days on Doxycycline. He did well with the initial medication, so he underwent his neuter on March 1, 2011 at Pet Care Animal Hospital in Lafayette. Due to his grade 3 or 4 heart murmur, the vet decided to do the safest form of surgery possible while monitoring his heart the entire time. Forrest recovered just fine with no complications. We've done the slow form of heartworm treatment with doxycycline (on a month, off 2 months) and Heartguard (monthly) for nine months per vet's instructions, followed by the ProHeart Injections every six months. Forrest is now available for adoption.
Update: In August 2012 Forrest was occult tested for heartworms and found to be negative!
Forrest loves people and attention. His favorite place to be is on someone's lap getting a scratch behind his ears. Because of his heart condition, we are looking for a quiet home with no small children, and no other dogs or cats. While Forrest does get along well with other animals, we think a calmer, quiet home would help him to live a longer life due to his heart murmur. To view more photos of Forrest please check out his photo albulm on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=264698&id=167605082430
Because Forrest is a special needs dog, he has a reduced adoption fee of only $100.00. To be considered to adopt from us, please fill out and send in our prescreening application. You can download one from our website, or pick one up at the Petco on Louisiana Ave. in Lafayette.