Hi All! I'm new here, but have owned 2 wonderful labs in the past. I recently lost my chocolate lab in our house fire and am missing her companionship more than I miss not living in my home!
My question...I have been approached about adopting a female chocolate lab approximately 5 yrs. Her family is giving her up because they can't deal with her allergies. She is sweet, very good with children of all ages, and gets along well with dogs/cats. She is mellow, house and crate trained etc. Has mild hip dysplasia.
My labs have always been "therapy dogs" to the children I work with and she sounds like she would be a great match!
Any suggestions from folks who've dealt with allergies and hip dysplasia?
Mild HD should not require too much extra care - keep weight down, keep good muscle tone in her hind quarters, use a supplement (glucosamine/chondroitin, fish oil) and a quality food and she'll be fairly easy care.
The allergies question is more complex. Do you know what sort of allergy? How is it manifested? Some allergies are easily managed, some not so much. You should get more info on this. In some cases, diet change can make a major difference in an allergic dog.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
They don't know what she's allergic to, but she scratches herself to bald spots in her coat with cuts in the skin. They currently have her on grain-free food. Rescue folks think it might be somewhat stress related because it goes away or improves when she's out of the house.
Glad to hear hip dysplasia is manageable.
Thanks for your responses!
Have her thyroid checked, do blood work to see if there is anything else medical going on. It may not be allergies at all.