Age: 8 years
Breed: Golden Retriever Blend
Weight: 86 lbs.
Status: Medical Hold
A lonely boy needing medical care and love came to GRRMF from a local animal shelter who knew that our ongoing mission is to save, protect, and rehome golden retrievers and retriever blends that have lost their home and family. Klaus, is that boy, and all the dogs we rescue are our mission.
Klaus is a laid back and sweet guy that doesn’t let much phase him. He has had a busy few weeks getting acquainted with new surroundings and new experiences. Dogs with normal lives, have toys, soft beds, good food, love and attention but that doesn’t seem to be the kind of life that Klaus has experienced. With the help of his dedicated and loving foster family, he will have the opportunity to have those experiences and get the medical care and love he so deserves.
Before Klaus can totally be the dog he wants to be, he will have to go through some medical procedures to correct his health issues. When he came to GRRMF his abdomen was very bloated and his initial medical examination showed a nodule on his spleen and a mesentery( a curtain like tissue that lines the abdominal cavity) mass in the fatty tissue surrounding the small intestines. If that wasn’t enough, the poor fellow had pancreatitis and suffered a seizure, both of which are now under control with medications and a proper diet. His new low-fat diet is reducing the bloating and the medication for inflammation is helping him feel more comfortable.
Thankfully, Klaus’ neurological consult was normal and there was no need for further tests at this time. Klaus will need to have surgery to remove his spleen and the mass but first he will need to be on his seizure medication for two weeks, followed by blood work to confirm his liver function is normal.
But don’t worry- Klaus just keeps on moving no matter what! After he started feeling comfortable in his foster home and realized the sliding glass door wasn’t going to eat him, he started to wag his tail and look for affection from his foster mom. He is enjoying knowing when he will get his next meal and when he will be let out to potty. Perhaps he has spent too much time outdoors, as he likes to take a little walk around the yard, sniff, sniff, do his thing and come back inside.
Klaus is easy going and is getting along well with his little foster fur brother. “The cats, who were terrified of him at first, are now drinking his water while he is eating his food right next to them,” remarks his foster mom. He pays no mind to the lizard or squirrels and ignored the dogs he passed while on his walk. Children have not been introduced to Klaus yet but he is doing well in an adult home. Klaus has stronger front legs than rear legs and therefore he does not jump and he has difficulty with multiple stairs. He is house broken and doesn’t need to be confined in a crate. Toys may be a hobby he will pick up later when he is feeling better but for now he hasn’t shown much interest in them.
This sweet boy has a lot to learn and much to go through before he is well. He is slowly responding to more words and with patience and love from his foster mom he will soon be a shining star. His foster mom describes Klaus as a “very quiet, sweet, timid and nice guy to have around.”
Klaus needs a village to help him be happy, healthy and find his forever home. GRRMF has this village – full of dedicated professionals, volunteers and supporters that will give their time and donations to give him the happiest New Year he has ever known.
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