Gustav, a 1-year-old German shepherd who suffered a severe case of mange and full-body infections around New Year's Eve, is recovering well, according to the OC Register.
Gustav also underwent two surgeries at the Advanced Critical Care and Internal Medicine center in Tustin, California, due to a torn colon, and is now living under the care of Anne Wollner, a volunteer of the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County (GSROC).
Ms. Wollner, who lives with her husband, Michael, in Huntington Beach, says that Gustav has a new and healthy coat of fur.
"He still goes to see each of his vets every week – one for his skin and the other to check on his overall progress post-surgery. ... He is a model patient and never grumbles at all. He is very good when meeting new people and even made friends with a cat!" said Ms. Wollner.
The GSROC claimed Gustav from an LA animal rescue
shelter following his illness. The group spent thousands of dollars for the canine's veterinarian fees.
Those who wish to help can contact and contribute to the GSROC.
Mange is caused by the demodex mite, which is microscopic. Demodectic mange affects puppies between the ages of 3 to 12 months, according to CanisMajor.com.