We are accepting applications for our special girl Ambrosia now!Ambrosia is a 4 year old German Shepherd that we pulled from one of our shelter partners a month ago. She is a special needs dog, we will go more into detail about what her special needs are at the end. First, let's talk about Ambrosia!Ambrosia is a ridiculously sweet and charming girl. She loves people but she will bark at people that she doesn't know initially. She knows several tricks: sit, down, shake, and speak are ones that we know that she knows, it wouldn't surprise us if she knew some others and we haven't discovered it yet. She came to us underweight at 37lbs, she is now 50lbs and is close to her ideal weight. She LOVES her toys and will do zoomies around the yard playing keep away with you and her toys. She does well with the children in our neighborhood and the cats in her foster home. We believe she would do best in a home without other dogs, or maybe one low energy dog.Let's talk about Ambrosia's special needs!Ambrosia has a condition called Megaesophagus. Because of this her food/water isn't able to make it from her throat to her stomach without some extra assistance. She has to eat sitting upright, and then she has to remain upright for about 20 minutes after she eats. She also is on a medication that she takes twice a day (with her meals) that she will likely need the rest of her life.We have fallen into a routine that has been working incredibly well for her. We soak her daily food with water overnight, in the morning we mash it up, mix in some baby food, and add her meds. She eats in this set up called a Bailey Chair (some pictures of this are included). We borrowed this one from a shelter partner, but we have one being donated for her that will go with her adopter. When she is done eating, her foster mom pulls up a chair and they sit there for at least 20 minutes. Her foster mom varies the time between 20-25 minutes so that she doesn't anticipate when she is done and get anxious at the end. After she finishes eating she goes to her crate and lays down for at least an hour.An important consideration with this condition is that she is at risk of aspiration pneumonia. An adopter would need to be prepared for the fact that if she starts showing symptoms of this that she needs to go to the vet ASAP and that she might need to be admitted.This condition causes regurgitation of food/water that doesn't make it to her stomach. It is important that she is watched so that you make sure she isn't finding food/drinking out of puddles while you are on a walk.We would love to answer any questions you have about her or her condition! Please message us if you have any questions about her!As always please share and help us find her forever home!
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