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Nemo FLAnimal ID: 16-169

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About Nemo FL

Adoption Fee: $200
Yorkie
Age: Adult
Sex: Male

Nemo is an adorable 7 year old, 9.5 lb male yorkie who is being fostered in West Palm Beach. UPDATED BIO 11/16/2017: Nemo came into UYR from a local South Florida shelter 14 months ago; he was deemed unadoptable to the public based on his skin condition. You see, Nemo's former family did not take care of him at all, and not only was he missing most of his hair, his skin had turned black and thickened due to chronic skin infections that had gone unchecked, probably for most of his life. We thought he was just so cute and pathetic, we simply could not pass him up! Pathetic he was, as he was also so sick with kennel cough and skin infection, he simply did not feel well enough the first 3 weeks in his foster home to be bothered to get up off the couch much, whether it was for meals or to greet his people. Fast forward a year '|.. and Nemo's personality has really emerged! Now, when his foster mom and dad come home, he gets so excited he looks like a little yorkie bucking bronco. It's so hard for him to contain his enthusiasm that his 4 legs simply cannot stay on the floor at the same time. So cute! Nemo looks and feels so much better. But, his skin infection is still not 100 % cleared. His current skin care routine involves getting bathed 2x a week with medicated shampoo. Nemo will go back to the doggie dermatologist in January to determine the next course of action. So, he is not currently available for adoption until after his dermatology check in January. Nemo also has a condition called Diabetes Insipidus. This is a fairly rare disorder that affects water metabolism, preventing his body from conserving water and releasing too much of it. This condition is characterized by increased urination, dilute urine (so-called insipid, or dull urine), and increased and excessive thirst/drinking. He is on a daily medication for this which helps; however, he still needs to be walked at least once in the morning and then in the evening to optimally empty his bladder. Foster mom and dad have put a pee-pee-pad down for him, which he does use, but he also does have accidents if he is not taken outside on schedule. Nemo likes to go for a walk in the morning, then he likes to snooze for hours afterwards. He is a pretty laid-back little nugget that doesn't bark much. He does love to play with his squeaky toys and will play for hours with his foster parents. He also likes to chew on bones, and that can keep him occupied for a long time as well. Nemo's perfect forever dream home would be one with a fenced yard. He gets along with nice, mellow dogs, but is reactive to high-strung barking dogs. He is also okay with older and laid-back cats, but can be reactive with high energy young cats. For more info on Nemo, please read his bio and contact his foster mom through the link below. NOTE: The specialized tests involved in diagnosing/treating Nemo has been expensive. UYR has spent over almost $2,500 on various diagnostic testing/medications/treatment for this sweet boy. If your heart leads you to donate to his medical expenses, every penny will be appreciated from the bottom of our heart. BIO 10/08/2017: Guess who had a birthday? Nemo did! Yep, he's been in UYR for a year now! Wow, can you believe that?! Most of that time he has not been available for adoption. Why you may ask? Well, Nemo came into UYR with serious skin issues which were initially diagnosed as an over-abundance of yeast, so we were treating that condition for many months. However, even though he had improved a bit, his skin was still irritated and red, so he went to a veterinarian dermatologist. The dermatologist discovered that Nemo had a bacterial skin infection, and put him on oral antibiotics as well as other medications. Medicated baths become a routine part of his care. After being on the medication for several months, Nemo went back for a re-check on October 3rd. The good news is that he finished with the oral antibiotics and doesn't need more. The bad news is that he still has a skin infection, and will need the medicated baths 2x per week until his recheck on January 3rd. He will remain in UYR foster care in the same loving home he has been in for the past year. Since Nemo has to be bathed so frequently, foster mom felt that he would be much more comfortable if he was shaved down as close as possible, especially since he has very thick hair. Not to fear, Nemo won't get cold as he lives in warm, sunny South Florida. Nemo has also put on some weight and is back up to 10 lbs, so he is on a doggie diet again. His foster parents haven't been overfeeding him, but they realized he has been getting into the cat and dog food that was on the floor of the pantry. What a smart little stinker! Foster mom has now relocated those bags so that nothing 'food-related' is in Nemo's reach! Nemo's perfect home would be one with at least one stay-at-home parent and a fenced-in yard. Even though he won't be available f

West Palm Beach, Florida

Compatibility

  • Good with Most Dogs
  • Good with Adults (Not Kids)

Personality

  • Average Energy
  • Somewhat Dominant

Health

  • Neutered
  • Vaccinations Current

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