Personality: Cruiser is a very happy and playful boy. He loves people and enjoys playing, but when play time is over he loves to be a lap dog and just curl up and keep you company. I cannot vouch for him to be potty trained but he handles being in a crate and having alone time quite well. Cruiser loves adults and kids and other dogs but he prefers to not share his food bowl.
History: Cruiser's been living in a foster home with adults, children, and other dogs.
Dog/Cat Skills: When Cruiser first arrived he was ready to join my dogs for playtime and they all got a lot of exercise wrestling with each other. He does try to chase the cat in his foster home though.
Leash Skills: Cruiser handles a leash quite nicely and enjoys his outings in the neighborhood.
Medical: Cruiser has a condition called luxating patellas. This means that the knee cap is loose and may move in and out of place spontaneously as he walks. Typically, dogs with luxating patellae walk normally until the patella moves out of place and then hop or skip for a few steps until it spontaneously returns to normal position.
Cruiser has been diagnosed with periodontal disease (also known as dental disease). This disease is extremely common in dogs and cats, especially as they age. Cruiser had a dental cleaning recently at HSSV. At that time the patient the teeth were evaluated for fractures, and periodontal disease. Teeth that were determined to be unhealthy were removed. The adopting family is encouraged to discuss continuing dental care for this patient with their family veterinarian.
Cruiser presented to HSSV with a large mass on the left hind limb. The mass was surgically removed and submitted to a veterinary laboratory for analysis. The mass was found to be a Subcutaneous Mast Cell Tumor. Studies indicate that with these circumstances, the tumor is unlikely to recur. However, this dog should be monitored for any new growths on a routine basis.
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