Please note: The dogs in ODH's Final Refuge care are not adoptable due to medical reasons and all are in permanent homes. Your sponsorship supports the veterinary expenses for these dogs - and we thank you!
Buttercup was surrendered to a shelter – we have no idea “why.” The most obvious issue was her size – weighing in at 107#, but down to 102# when she came to Old Dog Haven (normal is probably around 80-85#.) The shelter was also concerned about a possible large mass in her abdomen, but with her excessive size it was difficult to determine just what was what.
The day after she arrived at her Final Refuge home, she went in for a complete veterinary workup. An ultrasound exam revealed NO abdominal mass, however she did have a severe (and very sore) skin infection along with urine scalding that was revealed when her tummy was clipped for the ultrasound. Additionally, she had a severe bladder infection. Treatment for everything began in earnest.
But the skin was stubborn, and new areas of infection were found under her thick coat. What turned out to be a Hair Follicle Tumor suddenly burst open and drained. And her ears would just never stay clean. So off she went to the dermatologist. He made recommendations for her skin and her tumor, and did a camera-assisted pressure washing of her ear canals. One ear canal was so constricted the opening was no bigger than a pencil lead !
Now the skin infection is healed up, and only needs occasional cleaning on her tummy to keep it under control. The ears are staying nice and clean, and eventually the dermatologist used laser surgery to remove the Hair Follicle Tumor.
Buttercup is very well trained. She comes when called and she knows commands. She walks nicely on a leash and does not pull (which is a plus because at her size she would be hard to stop!) . She thoroughly enjoys her 3 brisk walks per day, and is down to 85 pounds which seems about right for her. Because she is so fluffy, and built like a brick, photographs do not portray just how fit she now is.
She gets along with everybody, wants to meet people and other dogs, and maintains a constant vigil for cats, crows, and squirrels. She loves to roll in the dirt that her housemate Fields provides when he excavates his sleeping holes in the back yard.