Hi! I'm Polar

  • Polar
  • Mixed breed
  • 8 months
  • Male

Weight (approx): 44 lbs

Energy: Medium-High

Children: Good with proper introduction

Dogs: Good with proper introductions

Cats: Unknown

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Health Notes: Polar came to hart because a field volunteer came to know that he was not eating, was lethargic and had lost weight and it is a good thing that he came into hart's care. Immediately upon his intake, it was noted that his white blood cell count was very high so he was treated for a raging infection. Polar was experiencing bloody diarrhea and his vet did some exploratory surgery to find that he suffers from ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis in dogs is an inflammatory condition of the large intestine and is often associated with Irritable Bowel Disorder or with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Dogs like Polar with ulcerative colitis move their bowels more frequently, though they still pass the same amount of stool. They may strain to move their bowels, and their stool may contain blood or mucous. Dogs with ulcerative colitis may be prone to accidents since they feel a great deal of urgency to move their bowels. They may be prone to episodes of vomiting, loss of appetite, weight loss, lethargy, stomach pain or even hemorrhoids as a result of straining to move their bowels. We finally found a routine and food that works well for Polar which yields soft stool instead and allows for weight gain (Tylosin twice/day, pancreatic enzyme twice/day and Aventi GI probiotic and Pulsar Chicken food)! We are hopeful that Polar may heal from his ulcerative colitis over time, but adoptive parents need to be aware of this condition. The most important parts of managing Polar's ulcerative colitis are: following strict dietary guidelines (feeding only what the vet recommends), feeding Polar at regular structured times to avoid the stress associated with irregular feeding schedules (eating too fast or excessive hunger can aggravate his symptoms), do as much as possible to keep Polar's environment stress-free, and use stainless steel food dishes washed after each meal. Polar is up to date with DACPP, Bordatella, Rabies and is neutered and microchipped.

Behavior Notes:    Currently Polar is pretty low energy, and requires little exercise, but foster mom feels that as he grows, that will change. Currently he's getting half hour walks. He gets over excited for food and will eat very fast. Polar needs proper introductions with new dogs, his fur will stand on end and he will growl, but he will make friends. He currently lives with a dog. He is untested with cats. He is cautious with strangers. He is good with chilren, but is possessive of toys, so older children are recommended. House training is an issue with Polar, but due to his medical issues, this can be tied together. He may always have house training issues, and puppy diapers maybe something he'll always need. He does well in his crate, and cannot be left loose in the house. Polar is a slight flight risk, so he is learning so sit and wait when doors open, and cannot be trusted with open windows in a vehicle. He is currently learning recall, for when he does get out. He does great on leash. He knows basic commands. He loves cuddles, and needs an experienced home.

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