CORYNN was saved from Dallas Animal Services on 27 March 2015. She was not well and was taken straight to our vet for tests.It was determined that she was anemic and had low protein levels. After antibiotics, supplements and weekly blood checks she started to do get better.
In September CORYNN had a very swollen abdomen, knowing this wasn't parasites as I regularly de-worm and keep an eye on poop, I took her immediately to the vets. After an examination, x-rays and blood tests it was determined that along with a strong heart-murmur CORYNN had congenital heart disease and at the time of assessment was not in good shape, with the vet thinking she might only live to be a young adult.
She was prescribed lasix medication to rid the fluid build up in her abdomen and VETMEDIN which helps the heart work more efficiently. After a month of being on these medications she had improved greatly. Another visit to the vets and we agreed that she could be weened off the lasix medication since there had been no fluid build up in a few weeks. The heart medications she will need for the rest of her life, with regular checks to ensure that the dosage doesn't need to be increased. As the disease progresses, hopefully, in many years away, she will most likely need additional medication to help her heart and will absolutely require regular heart x-rays, blood panels and any other tests determined by a veterinarian.
I took CORYNN to the vets on 6th January for a check up and an assessment since it had been over 3 months since her diagnosis and Dr. Kelly was extremely impressed with her progress and believes that with regular checks, a low protein and diet recommended for her condition, there is no reason that she couldn't go on to live to be around 6-8 years. Obviously there is no guarantee and she could pass sooner or later, just like any animal or human, life holds no guarantees.
I strongly recommend home cooking as this way you know exactly what you are giving her, the food will be more interesting and much more beneficial than even the veterinary prescription foods. Fresh and preservative free is the way I believe is best for CORYNN.
I want to point out that CORYNN has only had fluid build up in her abdomen and that was only at the time of initial diagnosis, she has never had any laboured breathing, no coughing, no gagging or any other symptoms that would make me concerned. Dr Kelly thinks that since she has grown since she was first diagnosed this has given the heart more space and so allowed it to function better. Her heart x-ray showed that her heart is on the bottom end of the disease, the x-ray, however, will give your vet a baseline to compare.
CORYNN, is otherwise a happy healthy young girl, she is small for her age, no doubt from her illness and on 6th January 2016 weighed 43.3 pounds. I do not imagine her to grow much more if at all, but she is beautiful at the size she is.
CORYNN is a confident young girl and can be quite vocal. Not in that she barks all the time, but in that she talks. She is constantly talking to the other dogs, although it sounds more like she is nagging at them lol, and she will let the world know she is coming outside as I open the door and all the dogs pile outside to play.
CORYNN is very affectionate and if she isn't getting some extra loving, she is lay as close as she can be. I often take her for walks off leash and she is happy to stay close by, although of course does like to investigate anything that catches her eye.
After speaking at length with Dr. Kelly, we agree that we are now both confident that CORYNN could be adopted. Her family must absolutely be in a financial position to cover the cost of her monthly heart medication which is around $100 but will at some point increase due to increased dosage and / or the addition of other medications. She will need her a heart x-ray at least once a year and blood panels yearly also, although I would prefer 6 months just to absolutely stay on top of everything.
She can still lead a life of some activity, but of course doesn't have the energy levels that a healthy young GSD has. She loves her walks and she does enjoy playing and chasing with the other dogs. When she is tired, she will either come in, or will lie down and either have a nap, or relax and watch the world pass on by.
She would love a family that goes on adventures so that she can explore the world and all its sights, smells and sounds, absorbing them and working that ever so intelligent brain of hers.
She would definitely need basic and advanced obedience training and it is recommended that this is done with her family, so that boundaries, expectations, different personalities and body language can all be learned during training sessions. She is also a strong minded girl and since she was ill I did spoil her a little . . . . well ok a lot lol, but she can very easily manipulate if she is allowed.
The positive side with CORYNN is that she is 1 year old and we know that she has the disease and so her lifestyle is adapted to help her heart.
CORYNN is spayed, rabies, core vaccines, lepto vaccine, de-wormed, heart-worm tested negative and micro-chipped. She has an estimated date of birth of around 13 January 2015 and as of 6th January 2016 weighed 43.3 pounds.
CORYNN is available for adoption through Give a Dog a Home, German Shepherd Dog Rescue for an adoption fee of $450.
For more photo's please go to our website and under the GSD/Terrier tab, click on her picture to be taken to her page where there are more photo's to enjoy!
If you are interested in adopting this precious girl and giving her the life she needs and deserves our application can be completed and submitted on our website under the APPLICATION tab. Please be sure to do your research and speak to your vet about possible costs and their recommendation for check ups and so on.
CORYNN is currently located at the rescue in Sebec, Maine, 04481, however, we post in states along the east coast and Canada as this gives our precious saved souls more exposure and once adopted, we are able to save more dogs from the kill shelters in Texas that get 3 days before they are killed.