- Status: Adopted!
- Adoption Fee: $250
- Species: Dog
- General Color: Brown/Chocolate with Tan
- Current Size: 12 Pounds
- Current Age: 10 Months (best estimate)
Schroeder and his 4 littermates came to Safe Haven after an animal shelter in Cedar Rapids reached out to us and asked for help. That shelter had taken in the puppies when their owners moved out and left the dogs behind. Since the litter arrived before Halloween, they were all given names from "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown". The parents were a German Shepherd and a Pit Bull Terrier mix.
**UPDATE 1 /15/2019 - We are still waiting on all of Schroeder's reports from his visit with the University of Wisconsin specialists - but we have learned that they have decided his murmur is caused by one of two possibilities - and one of them is a diagnosis that they sometimes see in German Shepherds, and as he grows, he may actually grow out of and his heart murmur may substancially lessen at that point! So that is great to have some answers, narrow down the diagnosis, and most of all we are thankful to have a recommended plan in place for Schroeder. In order to know which of the two causes we are dealing with, we must wait 5 more months to repeat his imaging with their specialists, and they also started him on a medication to help his heart function a little better for him in the meantime. They recommend we go ahead and look for a FOREVER HOME for Schroeder, and once found, we will be placing him in that home as a foster dog, so that Safe Haven can continue to work with Critter Crusaders of Cedar Rapids and they will continue to guide and pay for his medical care through that appointment in 5 months.
**UPDATE 12/26/2019 - The cardiologist from University of Wisconsin has looked over Schroeder's current images we had done locally and is suggesting the cause of his murmur is atypical of what they would do the "normal" heart surgery on. Cardiologist suspects Schroeder has "subaortic/aortic stenosis" - however she can't confirm that based solely on the images sent. She "doesn't think he is in heart failure, and isn't worried about him going into heart failure in the next few weeks based on his left atrial size on his echo, therefore she is not recommending any medications at this time - but would further evaluate his congential heart disease. We are trying for a Jan 9 appointment/trip to Madison, WI for Schroeder for further diagnosis / treatment
**UPDATE 11/20/2019 - during Schroeder's pre-surgical exam it was discovered that he has a significant heart murmur, so his neuter surgery was placed on hold. In early December Schroeder will be headed to Frey Pet Hospital in Cedar Rapids for a complete cardiac work-up to determine exactly how serious his heart defect is, and help us guide his future medical care. As soon as we have more answers, we can then move forward with a plan - that will hopefully end with a forever family choosing to adopt this special puppy!
All our puppies are vaccinated, de-wormed, microchipped, spayed/neutered and on track for a long healthy life with their forever families. Their ideal family will be committed to taking a puppy obedience class right away to get started on the right foot - they will need a family that can commit to continue proper socialization and also all the work that goes into house-training a puppy, which requires a lot of patience and persistence with working on a schedule. Puppies need to be taken outside frequently - as often as every 4 hours in the beginning. So an ideal home for these puppies will be one where they won't have long periods of time during the day spent alone, so they can have the best chance of successful housetraining and have years of wonderful love and devotion to focus on!
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