September 21, 2014 - 2:09 PM
Nikah came to the B.C. SPCA Kamloops Branch as a stray and was very hesitant of new people.
While in their care, she became very dependent of another dog named Copper who helped her overcome her fear of new people. We would recommend that Nikah be adopted with her canine companion Copper, but staff recognize the limitations this might place on finding her a new home. They are willing to see if Nikah would adjust, without Copper, to a home that already has a dog.
Nikah is truly a hidden gem here, and is such a bright and loving dog. She is quiet natured, and may come across at first as being timid, but rest-assured she will become a loyal companion.
Unfortunately, Nikah has a partially torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament or ACL, also known as the Cranial Cruciate Ligament or CCL. The ACL is the major ligament in the knee and stabilizes the knee joint; a partial tear can lead to swelling in the joint, as well as instability in the knee and can be extremely painful. At the moment we have Nikah on a pain management regiment. There are options for treatment, including surgery but there are also non-surgical treatments which may or may not be successful. Non-surgical treatments include a period of reduced mobility followed by a period of restricted exercise in conjunction with rehabilitation.
Nikah may or may not be able to participate in strenuous activities or exercise on rough, hard or uneven terrain for the rest of her life for the risk that the ACL is completely torn or is re-torn even after completely healing. Nikah will need regular x-rays and continued veterinary support to monitor any progress or changes in the ligament, especially as she ages.
Contact the Kamloops shelter to book a visit with Nikah.
Animal ID # 344589
Image Credit: B.C. SPCA
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