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Smiley GH-1065

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UPDATE 4-18:  Smiley had another round of bloodwork and urinalysis testing, and we are now fairly certain that his kidney disease is from chronic lyme exposure. He is on doxycycline for 30 days, and an ace inhibitor for high blood pressure, and he gets fluids every other day to help flush his kidneys.  He will have testing repeated around Mother’s Day. The Vets seem to think his kidney values will not improve much, and his condition is progressive.  Sadly, if treatment for Lymes had started earlier, the result may be different — but we are hoping for a miracle. Smiley is definitely a poster child for getting annual Lyme and Heartworm testing — even if you keep your pups on medication year-round.  Otherwise, Smiley is living life to the fullest, he knows his new name now,  has several comfy beds, the couch, and is meeting lots of new people and loving mile walks every day.  He seems to be fine with cats too and enjoys meeting other dogs, but not as much as snuggling with new humans and foster sisters.

Meet Super Sweet Smiley!

After learning about Smiley (a suitable new name for a boy found around St. Patrick’s Day), who was picked up by the Humane Society, as either a stray or owner dump (ouch!), GoldHeart stepped in to bring this red golden boy into the rescue after his stray hold was up, and his owners did not come looking for him. Just heartbreaking, because this boy doesn’t have a mean bone in his body and all he wants to do is be around his people…snuggling, placing his head in your lap, or knocking your arm up for a pet.

When he sees you coming, or gets around new people and other dogs, his entire body wags — smiles! GoldHeart is currently working through all his vetting needs, which sadly, are many, but we are hopeful we can help this senior feel much better and have a fabulous last chapter in his own forever home.

After his first vet visit on March 23rd, and many diagnostic tests, we believe he is between 10-12 years old. He is a tall lanky boy, and only weighs 59 lbs (should be around 75 lbs). He is not altered, has a testicular tumor (can be resolved with neuter), a large suspect fatty tumor on his rear leg, has two other lumps of concern, and a few other bumps. We won’t know what we are dealing with until after surgery and biopsy of the concerning growths. His teeth are in rough shape, and they need a good cleaning and at least two need to be pulled. He also has a UTI, suspect kennel cough, and is Lyme positive. Thankfully, he was heartworm negative, and has minimal mobility issues for a dog of his age. You are probably asking, how does anyone let a dog get in this horrible condition…and to add insult to injury, dump him? We wish we could offer answers…this situation simply breaks our hearts.

Sadly, this is not all that is wrong with Smiley, his bloodwork showed he is anemic and his kidney values are not great — indicating he has progressive kidney disease. This means that the dental cleaning and surgery he so desperately needs carry significant risks for complications. If we can resolve some of his other issues, and his overall health improves, we look forward to having these procedures done. We will need to take several precautions to do this, including other pre-operative tests and high-end monitoring equipment while under sedation; so as you can imagine, the options for Smiley’s care will become expensive. He has also decided that eating kibble is something his foster siblings should do, and he prefers home cooking and pricey wet dog food. Can’t say he doesn’t have good taste!

If you would like to be part of “Smiley’s Pack”, please consider donating to GoldHeart to support Smiley, our other rescues in need, along with the foster homes that care for these amazing animals. Thank you and a big Woof! Woof! from Smiley!
Click here to go to our Donation Page

We will post interim updates on Smiley’s progress to wellness, so be sure to check back on this sweet boy.

Think you may be interested in Smiley when this bio is updated that he is ready to start looking for a forever home? To inquire about Smiley or any available Goldheart dog, you must be an approved GoldHeart adopter.

If you are not yet approved by Goldheart, and are in our SERVICE AREA, please complete an adoption application athttp://www.goldheart.org/adopting-a-golden/adoption-application/. There is a $30 non-refundable application fee that must be received before the approval process starts. The approval process can take 4-6 weeks since we rely on an all-volunteer support network to process your application, conduct the home visit, and check references. If approved, you can then inquire about Smiley when this post is updated that he is looking for a forever home, and you can also inquire about any other available dog.

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