BRUCE – A1092108
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BRUCE – A1092108
**SAFER : AVERAGE HOME**
MALE, TAN / CREAM, LABRADOR RETR MIX, 10 yrs
STRAY – STRAY WAIT, NO HOLD Reason STRAY
Intake condition GERIATRIC Intake Date 10/02/2016, From NY 11433, DueOut Date10/05/2016
Medical Behavior Evaluation GREEN
Medical Summary Scan negative Geriatric underlying Intact male Age aprox. 10 yrs Heavy dental tartar Very hard to take out of the cage, because of possible arthritis vs hip dysplacia vs other Very hard to move or walk Ear mite and flea comb negative nosf
Re-Exam (10/03/16) brown moist otitis AU, moderate; dental tartar; epiphora OU–appears chronic; rear legs are weak–appear mildly hyperextended and have poor muscle tone.; no palpable arthritis; can walk but does better with help and is unsteady; given breed and age, hip dysplasia and degenerative neuropathy are both possible
prognosis for complete return to function minimal, but Bruce could have good quality of life with the right owner.; will try on metacam for 3 days (.2mg/kg to start then .1 x 2 days)
A volunteer writes;
Bruce is a real trooper, always ready when you are… Tap on his shoulder and he will wake up “with a smile”, happy to meet a new friend and so willing to go out, do his business and stretch his rusted legs… Indeed, our beautiful friend Bruce has very weak hinds. He is trying valiantly to gather all the strength he has in his front legs, to stand and pull his back ones up… The floor of the kennel is too slippery. We need a sling. Bruce is so cooperative . No handling issues with this gentleman! Its like he knows that we are trying to help him. Victory! He is out of his den! We are in the front yard. Bruce sniffs intensely the premises and of course relieves himself. He marks as an intact male. After a while, seeing that he walks on his own, we let go of the sling and Bruce performs many laps. Good boy!! He likes treats that he takes gently from my hand . Bruce’s kennel is ready. No more slipping possible. We made sure of that. We help him in and gave him a rawhide that he chomped heartily while accepting caresses. He has such beautiful eyes when he looks at us…Bruce , a large Golden Labrador, a senior , needs a hero versed in elderly care, proper nutrition, veterinary care and possibly physical therapy to increase his mobility. Bruce is really worth your interest and is waiting at the Manhattan Care Center to join you and be your friend….
A volunteer updates: Bruce progresses have been followed very closely by all of us, his supporters and admirers. I remember the day we got him out of his kennel, battling with his weakness and lack of balance .We used a sling but of course, the driving force was Bruce’s determination to get on his four, get out of his den , smell the fresh air, do his business and be in company. He has come a long way with the help of our veterinarians as well as his courage and inner strength. Bruce could not run a marathon but he is sling free and walks on his own. He is cool with nearing dogs, loves treats that he takes gently from my hand and appears thankful for caresses. Bruce might be an old man but there is still a flame behind those eyes, a flame that does not want to be switched of as yet. Bruce will need you very soon. He is a large dog, an elderly with special needs who will need a giving foster or adopter versed in that kind of of care. Bruce is waiting, hopeful, at the Manhattan Care center.
KNOWN HISTORY: N/A
Look: 2. Dog pulls out of Assessor’s hands each time without settling during three repetitions.
Sensitivity: 1. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, his eyes are averted, and his tail is in neutral position with relaxed body posture. Dog’s mouth is likely closed for at least a portion of the assessment item.
Tag. No tag.
Flank squeeze 1/2: 1. Dog does not respond at all.
Toy: 1. No interest.
Summary: Due to his medical condition the Behavior team decided to perform limited handling assessment. Bruce showed NO concern during the behavior assessment.
When greeting another dog on leash in the care center, Bruce approaches and sniffs politely with a small wag.
During his initial medical examination, Bruce tolerated all handling.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Average (Suitable for an adopter with an average amount of dog experience)
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