This is Young at Heart Pet Rescue's latest special needs senior, "Albert", and he's a mess! 10-year-old Albert was rescued from Terre Haute Humane Society in Indiana, a shelter grandfathered in from our early days when we rescued dogs and cats from shelters outside of Illinois. Albert was surrendered to THHS with two other senior dogs, Zeke & Venus, who are mother/son. Their guardian did not want to surrender them, and was sobbing as he did so, but his wife had passed away, and when he no longer received her social security check, he could no longer afford his mortgage. When he was finally foreclosed on, he had no where to take three large senior dogs, and he had no choice but to surrender them.
The shelter tried to place all three dogs together, but as we know here at Young at Heart, it's very hard to place one senior, and even harder to place two. But three? Together? Near impossible. All three dogs were Heartworm positive to boot. Of the three dogs, Albert was in the worst shape. So, with the wonderful folks at Trio Animal Foundation offering to help us with all of his medical bills, we agreed to take in Albert in the hopes of nursing him back to health, and helping Zeus & Venus find a home together as a pair instead of a trio.
Albert arrived last week, and is definitely a charity case. His skin is terrible, with a bacterial and a yeast infection running rampant. He's heartworm positive with a heart murmur, and he needs to be neutered. He's so uncomfortable, he scratches at himself every moment he can, but can't have the normal steroids to stop itching quickly because of the heartworms. More than likely, his skin issues started with a food allergy once upon a time, and he's probably been eating food he's been allergic tofor a decade, compounding his issues. He's a little anemic and has a high white cell count, side effects of everything else going on. But ALBERT IS SO HAPPY TO BE ALIVE!
Albert took everything in stride - the long transport from the shelter, another transport to thet vet, setting up camp at the vet's office for daily medicated baths (complete with a spa-like soak to really help him feel better!), poking and prodding of the vet and the techs, and an entire new life without his housemates. He wags his tail constantly and looks at you like "what's next?". He's adorably upbeat and friendly.
Albert started his heartworm treatment on Friday, and he had a pretty uncomfortable weekend. Heartworm treatment is painful and hard on a dog, and Albert is being carefully monitored due to his age. He has to stay incredibly quiet during this first phase of treatment, so he is in a smaller cage, and on pain meds to keep him comfortable. The hardest part for him is that he wants to scratch at himself so badly, but because of the treatment making his muscles so sore, it hurts to scratch. Please, please keep your pets on Heartworm preventative! Heartworm is so easy to prevent with Heartguard or other preventatives!!
Once Albert gets through this first part of his treatment, he will go to his foster home, where he will need to remain quiet and be monitored. He'll get a second treatment several weeks from now, and down the line, when it's safe for him to be put under anesthesia, he'll be neutered.
Welcome to Young at Heart, Albert!! We'll do everything we can to bring you the Happily Ever After you deserve!!