I've been lurking around here for a bit, first during my puppy search and since we got our new dog. I'm sure I'll have tons of questions, she is my first golden, and a lemon, but I wouldn't trade her for the world and it's only been a week. As usual with sick dogs, she came from craigslist.
I posted a golden wanted ad on Craigslist, because due to the fact that I rent, rather than own, Golden Retriever Rescue of Michigan wouldn't adopt to me. We were looking for a high energy 1-2 year old dog who can keep up with our boxer/lab/pit mix. I got a seemingly perfect response from a woman claiming to be a vet tech. She had a golden she'd found, posted lost, etc and needed to rehome. The dog was underweight, had some skin issues, recently had pups, but was sweet. The 'vet tech' had had her treated for her skin and it was clearing up, she was also on flea prevention and had had her 1st DHPP.
After many emails, we went to meet/pick up the dog. There was a $150 fee to help cover food/vet I figured it was reasonable. She was very skinny, sweet, well behaved. She was wet because she'd just been given a bath. I didn't recognize the flea shampoo smell, although I should have after working in vet clinics for 5 years. The woman tells us she gave the dewormer & vaccine herself and couldn't find the paperwork from the vet visit. That should have been a red flag, but we brought her home anyways.
I leave for work and my girlfriend gives her another bath, since she stinks and we assume it's cheap shampoo. Nope, it was flea shampoo, she was crawling with fleas. $40 and a 1am trip to Walmart later, we have flea area treatment and extra flea treatment for the dog & cat. The next day we take her to the vet for a checkup. My girlfriend uses Banfield, I don't like them, but the health plan where you pay monthly and it covers a lot of stuff is nice. $167 later, we have enrolled her in a plan, got her rabies, full bloodwork including a hw test, a skin scraping, deworming, ear swabing, and exam. Diagnosis: yeast skin infection on her neck & stomach, mange in her armpits, eye infection, bacterial ear infection, probable flea allergy, extremely underweight(42 pounds, a 1 one the scale), 3-4 years old not 1-2, and had puppies within the last 3-5 months rather than year like we were told. Some pred, cephalexin, eye ointment, ear cleaner, and ear medicine later we head home.
After some research on the woman the dog came from, which I should have done first, I found she's a backyard breeder. She told us about these small dogs she rescued, but I found ads listing mixed small breed puppies on ebay classifieds with her number. I also found a golden retriever stud wanted ad from about a 10 months ago posted by her, which would be about the timeline our girl had pups. I figure after she had the puppies, mom had skin issues and whatnot so instead of vetting her, she just sold her to a sucker (me!).
Since the original vet appointment, we've added a $30 medicated shampoo, tapeworm de-wormer, heartworm preventative, more ear medication, $60 high calorie dog food, $45 unspayed dog liscense, lots of chicken and rice later, we have a dog. We named her Pandora, since she brought the plague of fleas into our house.
While at the vet the Blue Buffalo lady came over to us and told us she is a purebred Field Golden. I've never heard of a Field Golden before, I've read a bit on here, but I've gathered they are just smaller, less fluffy, and usually red? Anything else we need to know? My girlfriend has lived with a golden prior, her ex's dog. She seems like a super friendly, happy dog. She's very trusting, finally is starting to run and play at the park too. She usually trots, it reminds me of a Standardbred horse, but occasionally will break into a run. She acts like she is constantly starving, which she was, but man, I want to eat in a different room from her because I feel guilty the way she looks at me. Hopefully that goes away after she realizes we will keep feeding her.
Belly & Neck Shot