Harriette is a 7 year old Shih Poo, that is a Shih Tzu Poodle cross breed dog, who came into Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary’s rescue program in horrible condition physically, but incredibly friendly and patient. We have our work cut out for us with this girl!
Kindness can be harmful
Harriette is an owner surrender, from a family who suffered an unfortunate change in living situations when one of the members needed to go into long term care. Harriette’s obese condition, complicated by what her medical team suspects is a long-term allergy to the type of food she was fed, is a result of the owners love, not intentional mistreatment by any interpretation. So it’s understandable that Harriette is in fact one of the most sweet-tempered dogs that have come into our foster care.
Typical allergy symptoms in a dog include recurrent ear infections, red patches on the skin, chewing of paws and constant scratching, excessive loss of hair, and patches of skin with fur missing on the dog’s coat. Harriette came in with just not one, but EVERY one of these symptoms.
In just six days – the time she was with us here on the farm prior to moving to her BCFS foster home – she enjoyed striking changes in her physique and her behaviour. For instance, she has the very beginnings of a waist! Her ears are no longer bright red and sore inside. She moves up and down the stairs with increasing speed.
Shih Poo rehabilitation through diet
The most striking change is in her eyes. Her eyes are now bright, alert, and she takes an interest in what is happening around her. When she first came in – her head was down, her eyes downcast, as well as being inflamed and gunky with the effects of allergies.
We credit a change in her diet with much of this quick time change. She is thriving on a measured diet of CaniSource, a dehydrated raw food that we serve to all our resident and foster dogs. Since 100% of the ingredients in the food are fresh and certified for human consumption, they are toxin free and therefore help the dog recover its health.
Harriette’s foster family is going to continue this regime, as well as implement the recommendations we received from our most excellent vet, Dr. Rachel Thomas at Thorold Veterinary Hospital.
We look forward to reporting more about Harriette’s rehabilitation – come visit Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary website or on Facebook for updates anytime!