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Senior Bull Breed-Mix in Allegany County, NY

Discussion in 'Rescue & Adoption' started by Noah George, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. Noah George

    Noah George Little Dog

    I know this girl through the Vet Tech Center of my school and I adore her. Unfortunately, I'm also not in a position to adopt her.

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    Her name is Sissy and her paperwork states she is a 10-year-old Boxer-pit bull-type-mix, but her online listing has her at 7-years-old, so...exact age is uncertain, but she's an older gal that has been in the shelter since last May. She is said to have a vestibular disorder and to have had a stroke when she was younger, though it looks to me that she has Bell's palsy on the affected side; her head tilt has improved, but sometimes when she gets excited it comes back and her balance goes wonky. She is still energetic, though, and would make a great dog to train in tracking or scent work (she shows a lot of promise for scent detection) for someone interested in doing those for fun. She is stated to not be good with cats or female dogs, and seeing how highly aroused she is with male dogs as well she would do best in a bull breed-savvy home either as an only dog or in a crate and rotate situation. Apparently she is horrible for restraints, but I found her very handleable with no protests when messing with her feet, ears, mouth, and tail. She also loved being toweled off. They have her listed for a home with no children, but anyone interested may want to ask about the reasons for that. She is a confident, affectionate girl ready to take on a new life with the home she deserves and is very much looking forward to.

    She is available through the SPCA Serving Allegany County, located in Wellsville, NY.
  2. Sagebrush

    Sagebrush Good Dog

    Could be cerebellar ataxia -- a problem in Am Stafs. IF so, it will slowly get worse (sometimes does progress quicker). There IS a definitive genetic test for it.
  3. Noah George

    Noah George Little Dog

    Thank you, that's good to know. I looked into it a bit and, fortunately, the only similar symptoms she has is the head tilt. I admit, I haven't been there when it has come back "in force" and she loses balance, but from what was described it sounds that it has more to do with the head tilt coming back and throwing her off. She was in the kennels last semester as well, and her head tilt was considerably worse when I first saw her: anymore, she is able to hold her head more or less level more often than not. She seems to be improving, rather than deteriorating. I can't help but wonder if this is more a result of a severe ear infection causing inner ear and facial nerve damage, but that's more from my research than anything else.

    My school only offers a veterinary technology program (for veterinary technicians), so while there are veterinarians on staff and we have some equipment, we don't have near the diagnostic capabilities as an actual veterinary school or hospital, and these are shelter animals for which the shelter decides the extent of care they receive. I'm also not sure how much of her past and medical history is definitively known or is speculation, or maybe was even passed on inaccurately. That said, I would encourage anyone interested in her to speak more with the SPCA to suss that out, and seek a second opinion from a veterinarian that can do more of a diagnostic workup on her.
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  4. Madeleinemom

    Madeleinemom MS Bites, My Dog Didn't Staff Member

    As an aside: Our Espe (Rottweiler X), suffered from vestibular disorder near the end of her life. Meds helped a little, no major improvement though.

    Most importantly: bump for Sissy!
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  5. Madeleinemom

    Madeleinemom MS Bites, My Dog Didn't Staff Member

  6. Noah George

    Noah George Little Dog

    @Madeleinemom Thank you!

    Of course, if anyone knows of any rescues that may be able to help this ol' girl (fortunately, she's in a no-kill shelter, but I have no doubt she would appreciate a foster home), I welcome them to share her information with them or the rescue's information with me! I would be happy to contact them and pass the information along. I'm not sure if posting a link to her profile on the shelter's site is allowed here? But I can provide details of where she's at/how to contact them if anyone is interested.

    She has a lot of fans, she's just one of those bull breed-mixes that is more typical in that she needs a certain kind of home (as I know everyone here can understand).

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