As Good as Gold has rescued four special-needs pups, two males and two females. They were born with subaortic stenosis (SAS), which is a narrowing at the aortic valve of the heart. When this valve is narrowed, the heart must work harder to force blood out through the valve. This additional work can lead to muscle failure. SAS is a hereditary condition. For more information on SAS, review the link at the end of this article.
Unfortunately, dogs with this condition have an average life span of about 3 years. A medication, atenolol, may add to the life expectancy of dogs with SAS. The cost averages about $10 per month.
The Special Needs adoption fee is $200.
Notes on all of the pups:
- All have heart murmurs, which coincides with SAS.
- Because they are young pups, having someone home with them most of the time is best. Pups need to relieve themselves more often, though this improves with time.
- Strenuous exercise should be avoided. No long and fast walks. Zooming and running in the yard should be curtailed.
My name is Chandler. I’m five-months old now! One of my first memories was seeing leaves fall from the trees—amazing! Would you like to know more things that make me smile? Number one is to snuggle. I try to sit on people’s laps. If I can’t, then I snuggle with another dog; I love being with my furry friends. Oh, oh—and mud puddles—so fun!
Sometimes I stay in my own private crate. Foster mom says I go in so nicely that I deserve a treat! (I like that part especially!) It’s nice to have a private spot to go to when I’m scared, like when the noisy machine moves across the floor. When foster mom and dad are away, I stay in the crate. When they get home, I’m so happy that I wanna get out fast and be with them!
I am potty trained and know the commands “come,” “go,” and “out.” So clever of me!
Info on Subaortic Stenosis: