Update 2/7/13:
2/7/13 Pino went to the Vet today for a follow up appointment and skin scrape. The Vet was very pleased at how good he looked. She did the scrape and it came back NEGATIVE! Woohoo! He is all set to get neutered tomorrow. He also has an adopter waiting for him after he recoups for a few days. This visit came to $61 raising the total to $334. Please help us cover these costs so that we can continue to help animals in need. Thank you!

Pino is a very sweet and gentle 5 year old Golden Retriever who was surrendered to our group locally on 1/9/13. His owner said that she could no longer afford him and that her dad wanted him gone. This breaks our heart because this has to be one of the kindest dogs ever! We took him to Seneca Animal Hospital immediately with the suspicion that he had mange. Dr. Rego examined him and did a skin scrape to see if she could find any mites.

Not only did she do the skin scrape but she rubbed his ear together to see if he would react. Sure enough he did and it was evident that he was not comfortable. Not only was his ear missing fur, but he had an open infected wound as well as multiple scabs on his head. He also has loss of fur around his eyes which is also a symptom of mange. We needed to figure out which kind. Demodex can easily be seen under the microscope but Sarcoptic is harder to detect. The Vet came back and said that she couldn't find anything so he was to be treated for Sarcoptic mange.

We also had him heart worm tested while he was there, that is something that we were hoping he didn't have. Luckily his results came back negative. Pino was such a good patient. He laid down while the Vet tech shaved his ear and cleaned the wound. He happily took his treat as a reward afterward. Due to his condition being contagious to other animals, he has to be secluded from any for at least 3 weeks. He can go to a foster now if they do not have any other pets. Otherwise he can go to a foster after he gets a negative skin scrape. After that he can get neutered.

Sarcoptic mange is the name for the skin disease caused by infection with the Sarcoptes scabei mite. Mites are not insects; instead they are more closely related to spiders. They are microscopic and cannot be seen with the naked eye. The motion of the mite in and on the skin is extremely itchy. Further, the presence of burrowed mites and their eggs generates a massive inflammatory response in the skin which creates yet more itchiness. Mites prefer hairless skin thus leaving the ear flaps, elbows and abdomen at highest risk for the red, scaly itchy skin that characterizes sarcoptic mange.

The Vet bill for the visit, skin scrape, the Hw test, Ivermectin which is used to kill the mites over a 4 week period, Prednisone for itching, and cepfodoxime for the infection, it came to $188.00. Once he is better, he will get neutered which will be an additional $85. The total for his bills at this point is $273.00. The Vet said that this has been going on for a little while and is very uncomfortable for Pino. Please help give him the best care possible by donating today. We are thankful for all of the help we can get and we know that Pino is extremely appreciative.