Update from Lyn (foster mom)
Phoenix was probably given his first bath in his life time on his first day after arriving at 2:15 Saturday, September 22 morning. He was still very scared, nervous to move, didn’t look at anyone or anything. He was so dirty that when he was rinsed off, the water ran brown. His ears were combed to scrape off the dirt and scabs. On his head we found 4 puncture wounds, which we believe was from a bite from another dog.
Then he went for his first walk ever on a leash. He did really well for a dog that most likely has never known how to walk on a leash. Every car we walked by he tried to hide under; he is very withdrawn but will thrive with much love and affection and with everyone rooting for him!
He was tested for all of the tick and flea borne diseases, and did test positive for erlichia. Erlichia can make a dog lethargic and depressed, which he was both! He also has demodectic mange which is NOT contagious. What happens in these young little guys is if not properly cared for with nutrition, their immune systems can and do become diminished which doesn’t allow for them to keep the mites that live in everyone’s skin in check, and when that happens you start to see patches of hair loss. He only has a couple of spots of hair loss, and is currently on medication for that as well.