Here is an update on Shadow!
After Shadow was surrendered to SPR he was brought to our vet, Ipswich Animal Hospital, where he was diagnosed with Steroid Responsive Meningitis Atreritis (SRMA). SMRA is treated with either prednisone or a combination of prednisone and azathioprine. The long-term prognosis with these patients is excellent. About 80% of patients recover fully and never relapse. While, of course, our vet wouldn't presume to see the future for Shadow, he wouldn't have treated him in the first place if he thought Shadow's suffering would be permanent or long-term. His temperature was normal within 12 hours of starting therapy at IAH, and he is currently free of symptoms, living with a certified veterinary technician and her family, barking like a mad man, and playing for hours with his foster siblings; human and canine. Our vet says that Shadow has a long way to go still, many months of therapy, and maybe a setback or two, but he is in no way suffering or in any pain. He is a typical six month old pup who is enduring life with an attentive and loving family, 5 meals a day, a few pills morning and night, and a paw to the face when he takes liberties at chasing the cat.