Lexi

Medical: Spayed, Microchipped, Vaccinated 

Age: 1 Year Old

Story:  

Do you know those fainting goats that fall over when they get excited or startled? Lexi's the same way!

Lexi is a total goofball and absolutely loves everyone she meets! She's housebroken, crate trained and gets along with humans of all ages!

She has a condition called Myotonia Congenita which affects her muscles and causes continuous contraction of the muscle fibers themselves. This is the same thing that causes those goats to faint! If she gets too excited or overstimulated, the condition is triggered and her muscles contract without her being in control of it. This can happen if she's playing or running and gets too excited; her legs will tense and she'll topple over! She doesn't let it slow her down and is just about the happiest dog I've ever met!

Her respiratory muscles are also affected by this condition, which is why sometimes she'll get very excited about a treat or food and will be unable to swallow. This also caused her to have an enlarged heart, which is a common side effect of the disease, so she should avoid anesthesia because her respiratory muscles may struggle to breathe properly while she is under. 

This is something that she'll have for the rest of her life, but the good news is that it won't progress anymore and she won't get any worse! There's a chance this condition will affect her heart more as she gets older, but that's years down the line and she'll be able to have a full life before it ever becomes an issue! We're starting her on a new medication that will hopefully help her breathe and eat with more ease, even when she's excited. As long as the medication works, she'll always have her quirks, but she'll be able to live a full, super happy life!

Since she needs to be kept relatively calm, we're looking for a quiet home for Lexi (with maybe a calm dog buddy who doesn't care that sometimes she'll just flop!) and a family who will be able to give her the medication every 8 hours. The timing of her medication is very important!

Lexi is a total goofball and absolutely loves other dogs! She would do best in a cat-free home, but would probably be okay with a very dog-savvy cat who isn't scared of dogs. Her favorite toys are tennis balls and she loves to just carry around soft squeaky toys.

 

She would be an amazing addition to any family, how about yours?

Let us know if you are interested in fostering or adopting Lexi!