NISSY – 11441
Safe - 11-11-2017 Manhattan
NISSY – 11441
**HEARING IMPAIRED**SAFER : AVERAGE HOME**
Intake Date: 11/1/17 Intake Type: Stray
Medical Behavior: Blue Age: 4 years Sex: Spayed Female
Weight: 52 lbs
DVM Intake Exam; Estimated age: 4; Microchip noted on Intake? n; History : stray; Subjective: Observed Behavior -seeks petting, wags tail; Objective T =; P =80; R =wnl; BCS 6/9; EENT: Eyes clear, , no nasal or ocular discharge noted; ears are completely obstructed with proliferative tissue–no patent canal. hematoma left ear.; Oral Exam: several fractured teeth , one canine and few incisors; PLN: No enlargements noted; H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic; ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated; U/G: spayed; MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, ; scabby pyoderma lesions on tail and caudal; half of body–very pruritic; CNS: Mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities; Assessment severe chronic otitis. pyoderma, +/1 allergic component. fractured teeth; Prognosis:good, although ears will be chronic issue; Plan:ideally, surgical consult for ears/hematoma and TECA. dental in future; mometamax long term to try to open up canals; cephalexin 500mg bid x 14d; 2mg dexamethasone; consider hypoallergenic food
A Little Bit About Me…
A volunteer writes: “She’s the sweetest dog”, said staff as Nissy and I were walking through the hall. And boy, is she ever! Great on leash, likely housetrained, an easy walk to the park for both of us was a joy. Wagging her tail at other dogs we pass, she simply enjoys watching them as they go by. Same with the park squirrels scurrying about on an unusually warm day. Nissy leans in for petting, and when she buries her head in my neck as I stroke her I promise her we’ll find her a new person to love. Nissy takes treats softly, is so chill and calm, she even lay down when we stopped so I could make some notes. Nissy needs some TLC for her coat but that’s all about better food and maybe some supplements. She’s so gorgeous now, I can only imagine how much more beautiful she’ll be with proper care. Her eyes are sultry and smokey….bedroom eyes as she makes soft eye contact with me when I take some pictures and offer her treats. Nissy may be hearing impaired as her ear canals are “obstructed”, but there are wonderful benefits to adopting a hearing impaired dog. They aren’t scared of fireworks or thunderstorms, you can vacuum around them, they are super sound sleepers, and since Nissy enjoys treats she’ll be easy to train with hand signals. Nissy has enjoyed polite greetings with other dogs in playgroup, rocked her behavior evaluation (even nudging the assessor’s hand for attention), and is waiting to find her new person or family to begin her happily ever after. She’s a special girl, don’t miss the chance to meet her.
Another volunteer writes: Nissy looked like she has been through hard times, but she’s willing to love and be loved. She’s very well behaved. When I took her out for a walk she didn’t pull me to the exit, like most of the dogs in the shelter do, and once outside she walked very well on a leash. She also showed friendly interest in other dogs, but didn’t lunge for them. The only problem I had with her was returning her to her cage; she didn’t want to go back in, and who can blame her? She rather be a part of a loving home, where she can shine as the spectacular dog that she is, than in a shelter.
Another volunteer writes: The best feeling in the world is adopting a dog from a shelter and watching her relax, learning what she likes and developing that incredible bond that only the love of a shelter dog can bring. The second best feeling is being a volunteer, spending time with that dog and helping her relax, enjoy some play time and give her some love and of course watching her go home with her new person. I can’t adopt Nissy, but I can help make her time easier, help her relax with play, head massages which she loves, and let her know that she’s loved. Nissy is a favorite of staff as well as volunteers and when staff has paperwork to take care of Nissy joins them in their office, spread out on a blanket froggy style, and rolling over for some belly rubs. It’s clear from looking at Nissy that her physical care was less than optimal, but with love, good food, a soft bed and warm environment that’s easily dealt with. Nothing has marred her love of people, making friends with new staff right away, and wagging her tail at her ‘old’ friends. She’s so special and so deserving of love; we’re all rooting for her and all she needs is her one special person to find her. Will it be you?
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
My medical notes are…
DVM Intake Exam : Estimated age: 4 Microchip noted on Intake? no History : stray Subjective: Observed Behavior -seeks petting, wags tail Evidence of Cruelty seen -no Evidence of Trauma seen -no Objective : T = P =80 R =wnl BCS 6/9 EENT: Eyes clear, , no nasal or ocular discharge noted ears are completely obstructed with proliferative tissue–no patent canal. hematoma left ear. Oral Exam: several fractured teeth , one canine and few incisors PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic
ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: spayed MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, scabby pyoderma lesions on tail and caudal; half of body–very pruritic CNS: Mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment severe chronic otitis. pyoderma, +/1 allergic component. fractured teeth Prognosis:good, although ears will be chronic issue Plan:ideally, surgical consult for ears/hematoma and TECA. dental in future mometamax long term to try to open up canals cephalexin 500mg bid x 14d 2mg dexamethasone consider hypoallergenic food
Details on my behavior are…
Date of assessment: 2-Nov-2017
Look: 1. Dog’s eyes are averted, ears are back, tail is down, relaxed body posture. Dog allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity: 1. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, eyes are averted, and tail is in neutral position with a relaxed body posture. Dog’s mouth is likely closed for at least a portion of the assessment item.
Tag: 1. Dog follows at the end of the leash, body soft.
Paw squeeze 1: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds. Eyes are averted and ears are relaxed or back.
Paw squeeze 2: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds. Eyes are averted and ears are relaxed or back.
Flank squeeze 1: Item not conducted
Flank squeeze 2: Item not conducted
Toy: 1. Minimal interest in toy, dog may smell or lick, then turns away.
Summary: In the assessment room, Nissy approached the assessor with a soft body, nudging the assessor’s hand for attention. She allowed all handling and displayed no concerning behaviors.
11/2: When introduced off leash to the male greeter dog, Nissy appears cautious of approach and actively keeps distance. She approaches and seeks attention from human handlers.
11/3: Nissy greets male and female dogs politely then mostly keeps to herself.
Summary (3): 11/4: Nissy greets male and female dogs politely and mostly wanders the pen. She attempts to solicit play from select dogs.
Date of intake: 1-Nov-2017
Summary: Nissy allowed all handling.
Date of initial: 2-Nov-2017
Summary: Nissy was timid at first but warmed up.
ENERGY LEVEL: We have no history on Nissy so we cannot be certain of her behavior in a home environment. In the care center, she displays a medium level of activity.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: AVERAGE (suitable for an adopter with an average amount of dog experience)
Potential challenges: Fearful
Potential challenges comments: Fearful: Nissy has been a bit fearful at times in the care center. It is important to always go slow and give Nissy the option to walk away from any social interaction. Nissy should never be forced to approach anything that she is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Nissyâ€™s choice to approach a new person or thing. Nissy would do best in an initially calm and quiet home environment and should be given time to acclimate to her new surroundings.
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