SPROUT aka BLACKIE – 7870 (ALT ID – A1126757)
Safe - 10-13-2017 Manhattan
SPROUT aka BLACKIE – 7870 (ALT ID – A1126757)
**SAFER : EXPERIENCED HOME / NO YOUNG CHILDREN**
MALE, BLACK, HAVANESE / SCHNAUZER MIN, 11 yrs
OWNER SUR – ONHOLDHERE, NO HOLD Reason COST
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 09/27/2017, From NY 10472, DueOut Date 09/27/2017,
Medical Behavior Evaluation BLUE
Medical Summary DVM Intake Exam Estimated age: Reported 11 years old – exam is consistent with this Microchip noted on Intake? Scanned negative History : No health hx reported. Owner surrender, 11 years old. Subjective: Slightly stiff, stands still, allows handling Observed Behavior – No growling or signs of aggression. Owner muzzled pt prior to exam, due to reports that pt doesn’t like to be picked up. Objective BAR, BCS 4/9, MMs pink EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal discharge noted Oral Exam: Not performed due to pt being muzzled PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Slightly distended, very firm. U/G: Male intact, testicles S/S MSI: Thin fur coat on flanks. Thin muscling on flanks. Fur is slightly matted and long. Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted. CNS: mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities Rectal: Normal externally Assessment: 1. Thin fur – R/O metabolic disease (such as Cushing’s) vs. secondary to matting 2. Matted Plan: 1. CBC/chemistry Prognosis: Good SURGERY: Permanent waiver due to age. 1088
Basic: Sprout is an 11 year old unaltered male medium breed dog. The owner has had Sprout since he was a puppy and first weaned off of his mother. The owner is surrendering due to cost of care. Sprout was last at the vet a year and a half ago for a routine check.
Socialization: Around strangers, Sprout is fearful and shy for a few minutes and then he warms up. Sprout has lived with a 5, 10, and 15 year old. Sprout is usually tolerant of the children but when they bother Sprout, he starts to nip but does not draw blood. Sprout plays gently with adults and children. Sprout has spent time with dogs of all breeds and ages, he is respectful of them. Sprout has spent time with cats and he is respectful of them also. Sprout bit the owner and drew blood 4 months ago, the owner was wiggling her feet and she startled Sprout so he bit her but let go when he realized who he was biting. Sprout occasionally will nip the children but not draw blood when they taunt him.
Behavior: During storms or fireworks, Sprout is terrified and he hides under the bed until it is over. Sprout is extremely afraid of all loud noises. Sprout is not bothered when his food bowl is touched while he eats, when a treat or toy is taken from him, when he is pushed off of furniture, when he is restrained, or when he is disturbed while he sleeps. When Sprout is picked up, he growls. Sprout enjoys being brushed. Sprout is not bothered when his nails are trimmed. Sprout barks when the doorbell rings.
For a New Family to Know: The owner describes Sprout as friendly, affectionate, playful, and shy. Sprout has a moderate level of energy. The owner’s favorite thing about Sprout is that he senses when she is sad and he joins her to comfort her. Sprout favorite thing to do is play with rawhide bones. When the owner is home, Sprout follows her around. Sprout likes stuffed toys. Sprout has been kept mostly indoors. Sprout is fed Beneful wet, twice a day and Beneful dry 1 cup a day. Sprout’s favorite treat is Beef Jerky. When taken outside, Sprout uses the grass and cement and will use a wee-wee pad if one is put down for him at home. Sprout knows how to sit, stay, come here, lay down, and give paw. Sprout goes on slow leashed walks for exercise, he does not pull on the leash. When taken off leash, Sprout wanders but will return when he is called.
KNOWN HISTORY: Full profile
Unaltered male, owner surrender (in previous home for 11 years, since he was a puppy)
Previously lived with: Children ages 5, 10, and 15.
Behavior toward strangers: Fearful and shy at first, will warm up
Behavior toward children: Mostly tolerant but may nip if they tease him
Behavior toward dogs: Respectful of dogs all sizes and breeds
Behavior toward cats: Respectful of cats he has spent time with
Resource guarding: None reported
Bite history: Owner was wiggling toes, Sprout was startled and bit, drawing blood.
Housetrained: Yes, will go outside on walks or indoors on wee wee pads.
Energy level/descriptors: Friendly, affectionate, playful, and shy with a moderate level of energy.
Other notes: Sprout will hide under the bed during storms and fireworks, extremely afraid of loud noises. He may growl when picked up.
Look: 2. Dog’s eyes are averted. His body posture is stiff and fearful, his tail is low and not moving. He allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity: 2. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, his eyes are averted, his tail is between his legs, body stiff, mouth closed, lip long, ears likely back, may lip lick.
Tag: 1. Follows at end of leash, body soft, or low and a bit fearful.
Squeeze 2:1. Dog gently pulls back his paw.
Squeeze 2: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds. His eyes are averted and his ears are relaxed or back.
Toy: 1. Minimal interest. This may be due to environment as owner reports Sprout likes stuffed toys.
Summary: Sprout was tense during his assessment but tolerated all handling. At the end of the assessment, Sprout warmed up, leaned into assessor and accepted petting.
When introduced off leash, Sprout follows and only attempts to mount a select male dog.
During his initial medical exam, Sprout was tense but allowed handling.
His owner describes Sprout as having a medium level of energy. In the care center, he displays a low level of activity, though this may be due to environment as owner reports he is extremely afraid of noise. Once comfortable, Sprout leaned into assessor affectionately and licked face.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Experienced (suitable for an adopter with some previous dog experience, especially in the behavior outlined below)
_X_No young children (under 5) – Owner reports Sprout may nip/snap if teased. Wwe feel he may be intimidated by younger children. Older, dog savvy children may be considered pending an in-depth interaction.
_X_Fearful/potential for defensive aggression – Owner reports Sprout may snap at children if he is being teased. He has shown restraint in the care center and has not demonstrated any warnings of aggression, but when highly aroused Sprout has shown a willingness to bite. It is important to make sure that Sprout stays under threshold and is not pushed to escalate further when he is uncomfortable. He should not be forced to submit to handling or petting and should be spoken to softly and gently.
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