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Coco *Diabetic* D180042

Jack Russell Terrier / Mixed (short coat) / Female / Adult

Details about Coco *Diabetic* D180042

  • ID D180042
  • Available for Adoption
  • Dog
  • White with Red, Golden, Orange or Chestnut
  • Coatlength: Short
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Good with Dogs: Yes
  • Good with Cats: Yes
  • Good with Adults: All
  • Reaction to New People: Friendly

More about Coco *Diabetic* D180042

  • Energy Level: Moderate
  • Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor Only

Name: Coco
Age: 6 years
Gender: Female
Breed: Jack Russell Terrier mix
Weight: 13 lbs
Dog friendly: Yes, but protective of food
Cat friendly: Yes
Kid friendly: Indifferent to kids
House Trained: Yes on a schedule
Crate Trained: Yes
Energy level: Moderate
History: Owner surrender
Adoption Fee: $300

 

From the Foster:

Is that a Pokémon? Is it a tiny beagle? No, it’s Coco – a sweet little terrier mix who has struggled with health issues but is now ready to find a permanent home.

When Coco came to Secondhand Hounds, she had recently been diagnosed with diabetes. She was underweight and losing her vision due to diabetic cataracts. Today, her diabetes is under control with insulin and diet, and thanks to eye surgery, she should enjoy normal vision for the rest of her life.

Coco is generally healthy and active, but her diabetes means she will require extra love and attention. She needs insulin injections twice a day following meals, a special diet, and daily eye drops. Fortunately, Coco has no problem with injections, and will even remind you when it’s time for her shot. Regular veterinary checkups are also important to monitor her condition. But she will repay her owner’s attention with years of affection and fun.

Coco is roughly the size of a throw pillow, which is what she prefers to lie on when she’s hanging out with her people. Yes, she is kind of a princess, but also an excellent companion for movie night—just keep her away from the popcorn.

But this dog is not just a couch potato—she’s got moxie. Though less active than many small terriers, she enjoys daily walks. Like people, diabetic animals benefit from regular exercise, and Coco has plenty of energy for getting out and about. She often gets noticed when out for a walk, because she’s so darned cute and perky.

Coco is crate trained, but sometimes makes noise if she thinks she is missing out on something. She is also an excellent watchdog. Possibly because of beagle ancestry, her voice is surprisingly robust for a her size; she may not be the best fit in an apartment setting. She gets along well with other dogs and cats, and is friendly but cautious at first with new people.

Her main vice is stealing food—within her tiny body beats the heart of a pirate. Because she is diabetic, uncontrolled eating can be a serious problem, so vigilance is necessary. At mealtimes, her joy knows no bounds.

This little dog has had her share of difficulties, but her happy spirit will make her a wonderful addition to the right household.