By Helen Hartel
Madison, a 10-year-old female Shih Tzu, wouldn’t share her food with some young pups that had been added to her household, so her family decided to bring this older girl to the shelter. They had her for more than five years. The shelter is no place for a senior dog even though the animals at Agoura get plenty of attention from the staff and volunteers.
To make matters worse, when she was taken to a private vet for her senior well check, it was discovered that she has Cushing’s disease. The good news is that the condition is quite manageable with the right medication; the bad news is the meds are a bit pricey. That is a bit worrisome to those that have gotten to know and love this personable dog, because she may not be considered for adoption when people find out that her treatment is costly and for life.
Cushing’s disease affects the adrenal gland. Left untreated, it causes a dog to drink a lot of water and lose fur. Treated, a dog can live out a normal a life as any other pup. Currently, with the support of Health Care for Homeless Animals, a nonprofit benefitting the animals at the shelter, she is receiving the medicine she needs.
Here are some things you should know about her:
- She may be okay with other pups in the household as long as they are not being fed in the same area.
- She is a good indoor dog.
- She is good with children, including young ones.
- She is housebroken.
- She walks well on leash
- She is very quiet.
If you like what you see and can meet the needs of her diagnosis, come visit her at the Agoura shelter. To be on the safe side, if you have another dog at home, bring it with you for a meet and greet to make sure they are compatible.
To adopt Madison, request A4721288.The Agoura Shelter is at 29525 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. Occasionally pets have already been adopted. To check availability, call 818-991-0071 or visit http://animalcare.lacounty.gov