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Chinchilla Pomeranian Mix Harrisburg, PA
- Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered, special needs.
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Medial: Chinchilla is a senior dog with several underlying health issues that will require frequent veterinary care. He is on prescription diet (Hills GI biome) for chronic diarrhea, and daily medication (Dasuquin and Gabapentin) for high grade medial patella luxation and osteoarthritis in his left hind leg. An adopter should be aware of these conditions and follow their veterinarian's recommendations for ongoing monitoring and treatment. Detailed addendums for these conditions are found below.
Luxating Patella Addendum: Chinchilla was found to have a condition called luxating patella in his left knee. Luxating patella is a condition causing the kneecap to move out of its normal location. Pet owners may notice a skip in their dog’s step or see their dog run on three legs. Then suddenly they will be back on all four legs as if nothing happened. Patellar luxations are graded from Grade I-IV. Chinchilla was found to have a Grade 3. Some dogs can tolerate this condition for many years, even for their entire life. However, patellar luxation predisposes the knee to other injuries. The weight bearing stress on the leg is also altered, leading to changes in the hips, thigh, and shin bones. As the pet ages, arthritis develops and results in not only decreased mobility but joint pain as well. Please contact your veterinarian to discuss their recommendations for treatment plan/options.
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Chronic diarrhea/Prescription diet Addendum: During his time at HSHA, Chinchilla has been treated for chronic diarrhea. He was started on a prescription diet to help control the condition (Hills GI Biome). He may need to maintain on this diet lifelong and cannot receive any non-prescription foods or treats, as they will counteract the effects of the diet food and render it useless. Please ask staff about our prescription food purchasing program to familiarize yourself with the prescription food costs. Your pet should be seen regularly by your veterinarian (at least annually) to monitor him and his overall health.
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