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I pulled a 13 yr old Australian Cattle Dog out of a high kill shelter last Monday. I've been to the vet several times since then and found out that he has a lot of medical problems. He has hip dysplasia, cataracts, deafness, dermatomyositis (sp?), portosystemic shunt, progressive retinal atrophy and retinal dysplasia. The vet has put him on Rimadyl, Dasuquin (sp?), I'm using a rear lifting dog harness to take him outside, I bought him a plush memory sleeper and he has some plush foam steps to get up to my bed. The vet has given him Ocu-GLO (sp?) Vision Supplement. She has put him on a double dose of it daily. I was told nothing can be done for the dermatomyositis. He is too old to have the portosystemic shunt surgically dealt with, and he has lived with it all his life, so there is nothing they can do. I've been told nothing can be done for the retinal dysplasia either. Is there anything else I can do for Eden? He was never castrated, but the vet has wrote the shelter a letter and told them that he is too old to be castrated and they have given me permission to keep him intact.
 

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What a great thing to do, rescuing a 'mature' dog. He deserves what you are providing, to live out the rest of his life as comfortably as possible.
 

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Thank you for the kind words. He is doing fairly well. The medications, supplements and other aids seem to be helping. My fiance wasn't too thrilled about me bringing him home in the beginning. He wanted a big lab or pit mix that we could take on trips, run with, go to the beach, etc. However, he has fallen in love with the dog. We don't know much about where Eden came from. The shelter picked him up as a stray. I like to think his last home was good to him and he ended up as a stray by some unforseen circumstances, but I am likely just trying to make myself feel better. We have gotten Eden all his shots, he has been micrichipped and has become a real part of the family. He sleeps with us at night and rests on his bed during the day. We are still using the rear support harness for him, but he is getting around just a bit better. I know we probably don't have a lot of time with him, but we enjoy every day. He gets kibble, but I cook for him, too. My fiance went our and bought him some really special goodies. Tonight I cooked him up some venison and kale. Eden loved it. Our goal is for him to try as many different meats as possible. It's kind of like a bucket list.
 
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