Jax, a 76 pound Red Nose Pitbull Terrier, was born 10/21/13. He was abandoned when his owner could no longer care for him. Jax is an affectionate and mostly mindful boy who appears to have lived in a loving and caring home prior to his owner's current misfortune. Jax has been in the shelter since April, 2018, which is far too long for such a loving boy.
Jax is great with children and would make an ideal family dog. His favorite activities are playing fetch, killing the squeaker in any squeaky toy, snuggles and naps. Jax is a loyal and devoted boy who will love being your right-hand dog. He can be very picky when it comes to other furry creatures, so his ideal home will be as an only pet. Jax would do best as a house pet and involved companion, and not as a dog left unsupervised for long periods in the yard. He has been known to dig under a fence if left unsupervised in the yard too long – a problem easy to avoid by fully integrating him into the family and home.
Jax has some allergy issues that are mostly noticeable in his ears and belly and paws. His previous owner indicated that he does best on a grain free diet in order to control the outbreaks. When we got Jax he was covered in a red rash, very itchy and had a large hematoma on his ear. We went through several foods and ointments trying to reduce the flare up. When we took him to the vet to address the hematoma, which was drained and stitched, we also did an allergy blood test as well as an allergy skin test to determine his actual allergies so we could try to eliminate as much as possible from his diet and environment.
This guy has quite a list of food allergies: green beans, corn, salmon, soybeans, wheat, apple, beef, beets, lamb, oats, peanuts, potato, sweet potato, rabbit, rice and yeast. The good news is, that still leaves plenty of foods he can eat.
Non food allergies include: Pine, cottonwood, oak, timothy grass, pig-weed, goldenrod, Russian thistle, sheep's wool, tobacco leaf, dust mite, feathers, cat epithelia, different molds, Kapok (a silky cotton often used as a stuffing)….Basically for non-food allergies- weeds, trees, grasses, molds, dust mites, feathers and cats.
Allergies like these are difficult to manage in a shelter setting, and we know Jax will do even better once he has a real home again. Currently we are taking these steps to manage his allergies:
We are feeding him Instinct limited ingredient with turkey, which seems to agree with him just fine and which he likes. He also gets special grain-free treats.
To care for his non-food allergies, we were initially treating with Cytopoint injections every 4-6 weeks, but they did not seem to fully address the issue. Last month we started a new routine, where he gets weekly baths with Douxo dog shampoo. We also treat irritated spots as needed with the same brand spray and wipes. In addition to the weekly baths he gets nightly bedding changes, and we are careful not to give him bedding or toys that contain wool, feathers, or kapok. With vet recommendation we also give Benadryl as needed. Jax has responded to this course of treatment well and has not had a Cytopoint shot for 8 weeks. Our hope is to be able to totally eliminate the use of Cytopoint. Here is some information about Cytopoint and Douxo:
Jax waits patiently for his perfect match to find him, whether it is one person who needs that constant, loving companion, or a family full of kids looking for a fun and devoted family dog. We are hoping that someone will be able to look past him being a bully breed with allergies and see the wonderful personality we all love so much. Are you the one to finally free Jax from life as a shelter dog?
Jax comes with a 30-day money-back trial adoption period. Spay/neuter, deworming, microchip and all age-appropriate shots are always completed before placement, and are included in the adoption fee (suggested minimum $95, more gratefully accepted!)
All pets arrive spayed/neutered, dewormed, microchipped and vaccinated. Adoption fee for Jax is suggested minimum $95 (more gratefully accepted). All pets are placed with a 30-day money-back trial period, to give pet and family enough time to discover any unknown allergies or other conflicts.
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