Our pretty boy Finn has found his forever home & family on a beautiful winter day (2018).
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Hello! My name is Finn and I'm looking for a very special home who can provide for me with my special medical needs.
My foster mom said that I should write a little something about myself.
I'm a 1 and half-year-old Golden Retriever. I’m up to date on all of my shots, and I guess that makes me good for another year. Foster mom gives me medication once a day to help with my elbows, but they haven’t stopped me from playing with my doggy foster sister! I also have three foster cats that I live with, and I love them all! I sleep in my kennel at night, and I’m fine with that. Foster mom doesn’t like it when I look for food on counters, so we’re working on that, and she says I’m being a good boy. She also says that I’m sometimes just like a teenager, but I’m getting way better! I love walks, but I don’t like going too far, and I love balls!
I’d love to meet you! Please get in touch with the rescue if you think you could be my forever home ❤
Finn was diagnosed with elbow dysplasia at a young age (see below for more information on the disease). Because of this, Finn already has a mild degree of arthritis in his elbows and will require ongoing daily medication(s) to keep him comfortable. Arthritis is a diagnosis of long term management as there is no way to reverse it, only slow down its progression. In addition to the expense of ongoing medication, some chronic medications come with side effects and Finn's kidneys, liver, and gastrointestinal health should be monitored with routine bloodwork if he remains on certain pharmaceuticals long term. It is also vital that Finn remains in lean body condition as being overweight will only worsen the condition and will require a specific diet also necessary for his joint health. It is important to understand that Finn's life expectancy may be shortened due to this issue as well simply because he will bear the effects of arthritis earlier on in life therefore potentially suffering a poorer quality of life at an earlier age.
Today, Finn is a comfortable happy boy as long as he doesn't play too hard or go on strenuous/long walks. He will not be a good candidate for fetch, hard hikes or intensive exercise but will do well with moderate length controlled leash walks. Here is a great resource for more information on elbow dysplasia if you think Finn might be right for you: https://www.ofa.org/diseases/elbow-dysplasia