Personality: Adam is an affectionate, happy, elderly boy who enjoys casual strolls and loads of cuddle time. He truly loves to be near his people and can become vocal when left alone. He'll benefit from plenty of snuggle time, some gentle exercise, and a predictable routine. Adam will make a great companion for someone looking for a little shadow to be by their side and make them smile.
History: Adam came to us from central valley.
Dog/Cat Skills: Adam participates in small dog playgroups and is currently co-housed with another small dog. He will politely greet other dogs and follow them around the yard, but does try to mount sometimes. He will also calmly explore the yard and peacefully coexist with dogs.
Leash Skills: Adam walks politely on leash but does benefit from a soft harness to help take pressure off his neck, common for his breed.
Medical: Adam does have periodontal disease (also known as gum disease or dental disease). This disease is extremely common in dogs and cats, especially as they age. Periodontal disease occurs when bacterial plaque causes inflammation of the gums and eventual destruction of the bone in which the teeth are anchored. Adam had a dental cleaning recently at HSSV. At that time, he was anesthetized and all the teeth were cleaned with an ultrasonic scaler to remove tartar and plaque. The teeth were then polished to prevent premature tartar build up. The teeth were evaluated for fractures, and periodontal disease. Teeth that were determined to be unhealthy were removed. Dental care is an on-going process that will need to be addressed for the life of this patient. The adopting family is encouraged to discuss continuing dental care for this patient with their family veterinarian or a veterinary dentist.