Zahra was surrendered to a vet clinic for euthanasia. Thankfully, the clinic felt her problems were treatable so they treated her flea infestation and contacted Old Dog Haven for help. Zahra appeared to have some cardiac issues as well as her skin troubles, but the clinic staff were clearly taken with her and wanted her to find a good new home. In fact, once an ODH Final Refuge home was found for her, several of them came to bid her farewell and good luck. Zahra was indeed lucky and after politely greeting fellow Final Refuge dog Zoey, resident dog Rocky, and the four cats, she settled right in!
The good news is that her intake exam found no indication of serious cardiac problems. Her earlier sky-high blood pressure was probably due to stress. Her vets are monitoring an abdominal mass but Zahra’s main treatment is directed at her skin. Frequent bathing with medicated shampoo and a good diet have been working wonders.
Zahra has been a very good patient with all of the bathing in her first weeks. Her people report that she also seems to be a fairly social dog. When she has had more time to recover, they think she may very well be making appearances at Old Dog Haven outreach events!
Update: Zahra was, in fact, a great ODH ambassador at events after she had settled into her new, loving home. She had a wonderful time soaking up all the love and attention from her new family. Sadly, her health finally failed her and we had to say goodbye. Zahra was a valued family member and will be greatly missed.