Age: 7 years

Gender: Male

Size: Small

Location: Fareham, Hampshire

Sociable Otto is around 7 years old. Up until October 2020 he had been living under a parked car in Serbia, people threw him food to help his survival but no one wanted to offer him a home. These people noticed that at times he whined, as if in pain, so they looked for some help and found an angel in the form of Inda. Inda took him to the vet where bloods were taken to check for any nasty diseases and he was given an ultra sound. It was found he had a urine infection with crystals and suffered from anaplasmosis and his teeth are not aligned, as if he had been biting his way out of a cage. Despite being administered antibiotics he could not empty his bladder so an Xray was set up. Tragically it was found that he had a pellet lodged in his urethra, he had been shot! Can you imagine how much pain the poor boy must have been in, and for so long. He was fitted with a catheter until he was clear from both anaplasmosis and the urine infection. He then had a cardiological examination and blood works to make sure he was fit enough to undergo such surgery. Back in December 2020 an operation took place where the pellet was successfully removed. Just when you think the little man couldn’t go through any more, he presented pain in the lumbosacral part of his spine, he was suffering from discospondylitis, inflammation of the disc. A date was booked for the end of March for an MRI. The results confirmed he had changes in the disc located between the posterior lumbar and the first sacral. The canal through which the nerves pass is closed and in turn that causes pain, especially when getting up. It was confirmed this was due to the long-term urine tract infection. He was issued with antibiotics and inflammatory. Within a couple of weeks, he was feeling a lot better and the antibiotics were stopped and replaced with analgesics. Going forward at the very least Otto will probably need medication (he is currently on Gabepentin (3 per day) and Amantadine (1 per day) for life for his spinal condition and if his new home can offer him complimentary treatments such as hydrotherapy, acupuncture and physio therapy all the better. He currently needs to take his medication after breakfast, again at around 3PM and again at bed time. The cost of these medicines are around £100 per month although if you request a written presciption from you vet and purchase the meds on line this would come down to around £50. As this is a pre-existing condition no insurance company will cover these costs. His new family will need to make sure they can afford this monthly out lay. To help crystals not returning in his bladder Otto’s new home MUST feed him specialist food Royal Canin Urinary S/O which is around £25 per 4 Kg bag, as he is a small dog he eats 50 grams per meal. The home may have to offer urine test to keep an eye on calcium oxalate levels (crystals) in his urine or when he has a flare up. Despite everything he has been through Otto is a lovely calm cuddly chap that follows you everywhere around the home with an almost constant waggy tail. He is clean in the house, walks on lead nicely, he won’t be a dog that walks miles and miles. A 30 min walk twice a day and a potter around the garden is enough for this special boy. He would need to be lifted up on the bed and upstairs but is happy to be left down stairs over night. He is very social with other dogs. He is being fostered in the Fareham, Hampshire area. Due to his condition, we feel he would do best in a quiet household with no young children and no bouncy resident dogs and no very elderly humans due to his on going care and potential vetinary trips. He is neutered, chipped and fully vaccinated.

  • Cat friendly
  • Can live with children
  • Can live with dogs


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