A stray dog who was found with severe disfigurements is now making a fantastic recovery after being rescued.
Phoenix was found in Collinsville, Oklahoma and was taken in by the kind folk at Skiatook Paws & Claws Animal Rescue. Little Phoenix was wondering the streets and rescuers suspect he had been abandoned by his owners.
At first, vets weren’t sure if Phoenix’s disfiguration had been caused by an illness or abuse, but after running some tests they found that the pup actually has an auto-immune illness.
Phoenix has Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). Because it’s an auto-immune disease, Phoenix’s own body attacks itself, which means treatment can be tricky.
But luckily, the experts have now got his illness under control and Phoenix is healthier than ever. In fact, he will soon be ready to be adopted by a loving family.
The rescue centre posted an update on Phoenix’s condition, revealing just how much attention and care he has been given since they started looking after him.
‘In an attempt to solve Phe’s skin mystery, his veterinary staff here in Owasso at FAM took biopsies of his diseased skin and sent them to Dr. Trainor. Dr. Trainor is a veterinary pathologist who focuses on skin disease,’ read the post. ‘Oh boy, what a brilliant mind. What Dr. Trainor basically does is to look at Phe’s skin biopsy at the microscopic level and tell us how his skin is behaving.
‘Next, Phe’s adventure took him to Veterinary Allergy and Dermatology clinic in Overland Park, Kansas. There he met Dr. David Senter, a veterinary dermatologist. He also focuses his veterinary skills on patients with skin diseases.’
They explained that this plucky dog is improving every day. Phoenix has gained weight, his skin is healing, he plays and barks, chases balls and plays tug-o-war – he even sleeps on his own dog couch.
‘His cheesy, sharky grin will always remain,’ the post continues. ‘The muscles on his head will never return. UV light/sunshine causes his skin to flare-up, so clothes and sunblock are a must. But don’t worry, Phoenix’s spirit is STRONG!’
At the moment, Phoenix is still receiving vital medical care to improve his condition, but the rescue centre is keeping his fans updated with regular photos and posts on his social media accounts.
And Phoenix can’t wait until he feels better and is able to find even more happiness at his forever home.
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