Cody – Special Needs

Breed:  Chocolate Lab mix
DOB: 2007
Sex: Neutered male
Weight: 58 pounds
Foster home: Julie

For seven years Cody lived outside.  He was limping and so a relative of the previous owner took him to the vet.  Xrays revealed joint problems and arthritis in his knees, hips and lumbar spinal vertebrae.  The previous owner was persuaded to surrender Cody to rescue.

We have Cody’s pain “under control” but are still working on his separation anxiety.  He is slowly improving but will need a new owner to continue to work with him and preferably take him for along walk to tire him out before leaving him home alone.

Cody is hard of hearing but if he sees you calling him, he responds.  He loves to go for car rides and to meet other dogs and humans.  He gets along very well with other dogs of all ages and sizes.

He seems to have no interest in going into water nor to play with toys or chase a ball.  He wants to always be in the same room in the home with a human and follows them wherever they go.  He rarely barks and even though he obviously did not get enough to eat for awhile, he is very polite at feeding time and does not guard his food.

Cody has had acupuncture treatments for his arthritis and joint pain and he is given daily supplements of glucosamine-chondrotin-MSM plus Previcox.  The oral treatments will probably need to be continued and he may benefit from visits for acupuncture periodically.

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