by Joseph Riloquio
Joseph Riloquio is an Administrative and Humane Education Assistant with Valley Animal Center in Fresno, California. VAC shares their animal rescue adventures with us every month. Check out KRL’s interview with VAC to learn more about what they do.
Archie is a five-month-old mixed Pit-Bull puppy. He was originally found dumped on the property of a Good Samaritan before being brought to us at Valley Animal Center.
Archie was suffering from a bad case of demodectic mange when he arrived at the Valley Animal Center. Demodex is caused by tiny mites that are found on all dogs and even on humans. The mites are harmless to the dogs and people they live on as long as their immune systems aren’t compromised. Occasionally, a young dog like Archie or a senior dog will develop an infestation due to their weakened immune systems.
Archie’s case of demodex caused him to lose most of the hair on his body. This is a common symptom of mange if it is not caught very early on. Archie’s body also became very swollen, and with no hair to protect him, he developed sunburn and inflammation all over his body.
We treated Archie at Valley Animal Center as soon as he arrived. He is receiving medicated baths with a special shampoo twice a week and is also taking medication to help strengthen his immune system.
Although he is still receiving treatment, Archie is expected to make a full recovery. Most dogs with demodex grow all their hair back, and there is a low-risk they will develop mange again. Once Archie finishes his treatment, he will be placed on our adoption floor where he will wait for his forever home.
Archie is shy around new people, but once he gets comfortable, he is very loving and playful. He likes other dogs and cats and is also great with children. He responds well to training and is working on his leash training and house manners. Archie would love a family with lots of energy to play with and will be fine alone or with other animals in the house.
Although Archie is not yet ready to be adopted, you can still help him and other animals in our shelter today. Caring for animals with special needs like Archie can be very costly; donations can be made to support Archie and all of our dogs and cats on our website.
If you would like to get more information about any of our adoptable animals, please call the Valley Animal Center at 559-233-8690 or stop by our facility. Our cat and dog adoption centers are open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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