There’s Something About Earl that He Doesn’t Know

There’s Something About Earl that He Doesn’t Know

Shhh. . . Don’t tell Earl! He doesn’t know that our Medical team discovered a problem when he was transferred to Rancho Coastal Humane Society from one of our rescue partners through the Friends of County Animal Shelters (FOCAS) program. It’s completely treatable but, since Earl doesn’t seem to care, we’re not telling him!

Earl was a stray. He’s a two year old, 39 pound, male, Whippet mix. The first thing most people notice is his golden eyes, the flop on his right ear, and his puppy face.

Earl’s medical record says, “This dog has inflammation in his kidneys. This is most likely secondary to the Ehrlichia infection.” (That’s an infection that dogs can get from ticks.)

This causes his immune system to produce antibodies that can deposit in the kidneys, causing the inflammation. His records continue, “Even when the Ehrlichia infection is treated, the changes to the kidneys can persist.”

Other than lots of love and affection from staff and volunteers, Earl is being treated medically to prevent secondary problems related to kidney dysfunction. This is going to be an ongoing process but, so far, he’s responding well and his kidney values have improved a great deal because

*         Earl is eating a low protein diet.

*         Earl is taking a drug to improve blood flow within the kidneys.

*         Earl is taking high doses of omega fatty acids.

Our concern for Earl doesn’t end when he’s adopted. That’s why we’re doing all this work now.  We can’t predict if his kidneys will return to normal.  What we can do is to give Earl the best care possible and as much love as we can while we tell his story.  Earl doesn’t seem to notice that he’s on a special diet or taking medication – he’s just looking for a forever family to play with!

The $145 adoption fee for Earl includes medical exams, vaccinations, neuter, and registered microchip. (It doesn’t come close to covering his medical expenses to date, but who’s counting pennies when saving lives?)  For more information call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to Kennels and Cattery open 11 AM to 5 PM every day but Tuesday.

If this isn’t the right time to adopt, please make a donation to our Medical fund to help provide care for Earl until he finds his forever home.