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In shelter Dog

Calgary, AB, T2Y 5E9
Pet name:
Pit Bull Terrier
Tricolor (Brown, Black, & White)
Sugar enjoys exploring in the snow, but equally loves cuddling up on the couch for a snuggle and snooze. She is good about letting you know when she has to go out and can hold it through the night. She understands general commands such as no, stay, and leave it but will need further training to understand cooler tricks. Sugar requires a home with no other dogs at this time. She has improved with her reactivity but this is still an ongoing issue that is being worked on. She does love to chase after bunnies and cats. She does not bark, unless extremely excited or in high prey drive situations. She does not bark inside the home. Sugar is comfortable in a home that is busy and has no issues with noises and people coming and going, and loves interacting with her human friends. Sugar has an issue with her back left leg and requires a home with minimal stairs. But her issues do not stop her from being energetic. In fact, she has lots of energy now that she has lost weight and loves to go on walks. She will require someone who wants to walk her more than once a day. She does stay off furniture if you tell her no and only jumps and runs for toys. It is recommended that Sugar is in a home without young children as she can get fairly excited when playing. 

Sugar has been diagnosed with thrombocytopenia or low platelets in her blood. This is an entirely treatable condition, potentially caused by a reaction to vaccinations or a tick bite. The disorder is not expensive to treat and her prognosis is excellent. At the moment her blood levels are normal and she is maintained on a very low dose of steroids every other day The vet has cleared her for adoption with the understanding that she will need regular blood tests twice a year and may need to avoid future annual vaccinations and therefore will need to limit her interactions with other pets. There is the possibility thrombocytopenia will recur at some point, but again, it is a treatable condition. 

Sugar also has some knee arthritis. She is being treated with gabapentin pain medications and the foster reports improvement in her mobility. She has lost over 20 lbs since arrival in Canada and keeping her weight maintained and adding a glucosamine supplement will continue to help manage her arthritis. She is currently 58 lbs (25.5 kg).

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