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Rescue Group: German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California-Fresno
|Breed:||German Shepherd Dog||Color:||Black - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn||Age:||Young|
|Size:||Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)||Sex:||Male|
Strider Visalia is a wonderful 11 month old (born March 2011) who has not had any breaks in his short life. Strider is a special needs dog........
Don’t let the term “special needs” deter you from reading the rest of this plea, because “special” is what Strider is, considering what he’s endured during his short life. Strider needs a family; perhaps you will want it to be you.
Strider was born at an animal shelter, his mother was found abandoned, tied to a tree & emaciated. Fortunately Strider was adopted by a loving family who took care of his medical needs, trained him and loved him. They did a wonderful job with him. Recently, due to financial strains and a special needs child who has began to require more and more attention (time, medical and financial, they found it difficult to care for Strider and have decided to give Strider up for the chance at a better life.
He has always had an issue with soft stools, the veterinarian attributed it to Strider's sensitive stomach (many GSD’s have this malady). When Strider started dropping weight, while eating EVERYTHING he could get a hold of, he was making weekly trips to the vet in order to find out what the problem could be. Because nothing seemed to be helping, his family took him to another vet to get another opinion as to what could be going on, x-rays were taken and it appeared that this puppy may have digested something he shouldn’t have therefore causing a blockage.
Poor Strider underwent surgery, just to find out that whatever may have been blocking his intestines had moved, or perhaps never really existed. So he was sent back home in hopes that he would be better. This was wishful thinking at best… in the meantime, his dad started doing research, after all, this pup is very much loved by his family.
What was discovered is that Strider had all the symptoms of Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI). They can’t digest the food correctly, hence the starvation and soft poops. The disorder is for life and he must have special food and enzymes to be able to help him gain and maintain his weight. (You see, Strider was well on his way to becoming a 100lb male, but when this disorder manifested itself, he dropped to 45lbs). Since starting the enzyme treatment, he is back on track, weighing in at 55lbs currently.
It is not a difficult medical condition, as the enzyme powder is not very expensive. It does require a little extra time at feeding to allow the powder to sit and soak into the food.
All in all, this handsome boy is very well mannered, great with kids of all ages, interacts well with other dogs, knows basic obedience, is housebroken (when EPI is under control), and crate trained. He is lovable, hugable, has a sweet temperament, and is an all around Velcro dog who loves to be with his people. He also appears to be cat workable.
Strider is a level 2 dog being fostered in Fresno Area.