ROMEO – 11737
Safe - 11-27-2017 Staten Island
ROMEO – 11737
Intake Date: 11/19/17, Intake Type: Return
Medical Behavior: Blue, Age: 1 year, Sex: Neutered Male, Weight: 46 lbs
DVM Intake Exam; Estimated age: 1 year 3 months; Microchip noted on Intake? scan positve
A Little Bit About Me…
A Staff Member writes : Romeo was returned because his new owner felt that he does not do well with strangers and would do best with less activity in the home and an experienced adopter. He may be overwhelmed with new people and does need time to acclimate
Details on my behavior are…
Romeo has been returned due to being extremely fearful and timid with new people and novel stimuli. He needs a true calm, quiet, structured, routine environment so he can acclimate at his own pace. He may do best with a fenced yard or routine walk area with little activity from external factors (other dogs, strangers, fast paced cars and bicycles, etc). Romeo should never be forced to submit to handling or petting when he is showing signs he is uncomfortable. He should be spoken to in a soft, gentle voice.
Romeo panics inside a crate and will remain focused on coming out, will snap if manhandled or forced to return to crate. He would do best coming home to a separate room, such as a kitchen with a baby gate, rather than a small enclosure that causes uncertainty and discomfort.
Once comfortable, Romeo is affectionate and playful with staff that have taken the time to let him open up at his own pace. He should not be pet directly overhead by strangers, rather softly on the side and let Romeo solicit attention based on his own comfort level. He will require a slow approach and slow introduction when meeting any new people, preferably with treats. Due to his stress levels he will do best in an adult-only home with little traffic from unknown visitors.
Romeo is sitting quietly in his kennel when I approach, tail wagging, body soft. He is easy when going in and out of his kennel. Outside in the yard, he explored the yard, does his business. He will often be by my side, soliciting attention, giving kisses and pressing up against me with his paws on my shoulders (hugs me), very affectionate. He appears quite shy and timid around new people but when spoken to softly and in a gentle voice, he opens up fairly quickly.
Intake Date: 11/13/17, Intake Type: Owner surrender
Medical Behavior: Blue, Age: 1 year, Weight: 46 lbs
DVM Intake Exam; Estimated age: 1 year 3 months; Microchip noted on Intake? scan positve; History : returned by owner; had some vomiting and diarrhea; owner brought to Staten Island Veterinary Group; a fecal test was negative for giardia, whipworm, hookworm, and roundworm; he was prescribed apoquel and florentero tablets and given a hydrolyzed protein diet; Subjective: Observed Behavior – very tense; Objective ; BCS 3-4/9; EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted; Oral Exam: muzzled, no oral exam; PLN: No enlargements noted; H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupneic; ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated; U/G: MI, 2 descended testicles; MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, a few small patches of alopecia and erythema at dorsal front paws; CNS: Mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities; Assessment; hx of diarrhea and vomiting- R/O dietary vs infectious vs IBD vs GI FB vs other; underweight, lost weight since last exam- R/O GI disease vs renal disease vs liver disease vs other; mild dermatitis- R/O underlying atopy vs food allergy vs other ; Prognosis:fair; Plan: chemistry, unable to do CBC today as blood tubes are out of stock; continue hydrolyzed diet and increase to three times per day feeding; monitor for any more diarrhea or vomiting; recheck weight in 1 week, SURGERY: Temporary waiver due to underweight
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
Basic Information: Romeo is a 1 year old male that has no previous or current issues that the owner is aware of. Owner has Romeo since he was 2 months old but had to surrender due to landlord issues.
Previously lived with:2 Adults, 2 Children
How is this dog around strangers? Around strangers, Romeo will bark at first but will become comfortable after a few minutes in the home.
How is this dog around children? Owner had children ages newborn and 7 years old
How is this dog around other dogs? Owner had a small breed female dog in the home and stated that Romeo was always relaxed and respectful around the other home.
How is this dog around cats? Owner did not have a cat in the home so behavior is unknown
Resource guarding: Romeo is not bothered by having his food, treats or toys taken away.
Bite history: Romeo does not have a bite history
Housetrained:PartiallyEnergy level/descriptors: Medium
For a New Family to Know Romeo is described as friendly, affectionate, playful, shy around new people and excitable. He has a medium activity level and likes to play with all types of toys. Romeo was kept indoors only and is mostly house trained. In the home, Romeo would have accidents almost daily when he was not walked on time. Owner was not consistent with the walking schedule. In the home, Romeo was fed dry food only brand Taste of the Wild. When left alone in the home, Romeo was always well behaved. Owner did not have a yard in the home so behavior is unknown. Romeo is crate trained and spent several hours a day in a crate without any issues. He knows the cues sit, come and stay. For exercise, Romeo was taken on slow walks on the leash or jogging. When on leash, Romeo tends to pull very hard. Owner has never walked him off leash so behavior is unknown.
Behavior Notes: Behavior during intake: Romeo had a stiff body during intake. Counselor was able to scan for a microchip and take a picture without any issues but was unable to collar due to animal being nervous.
Details on my behavior are…
Date of intake: 13-Nov-2017
Spay/Neuter status: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home): Owner surrender (in previous home since he was a puppy)
Previously lived with: 2 adults, 2 children ages newborn and 7 years, a small dog
Behavior toward strangers: will bark at first but warms up
Behavior toward dogs: relaxed and respectful with other resident dog
Resource guarding: None reported
Bite history: None reported
Energy level/descriptors: Friendly, affectionate, playful, shy with a Medium level of energy.
Other Notes: Romeo may pull on leash, owner would take him jogging. Romeo is crate trained.
Date of assessment: 15-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 leans into the Assessor, eyes soft or squinty, soft and loose body, open mouth.
Tag: 2. Dog is not fearful, but is unresponsive when touched. Approaches the Assessor when the game ends (may need coaxing to approach). Dog is focused on stimuli other than the Assessor.
Paw squeeze 1: 1. Dog gently pulls back his/her paw.
Paw squeeze 2: 1. Dog gently pulls back his/her paw.
Toy: 1. Dog settles down close to chew, will relinquish toy to you.
Summary: Romeo was tense but tolerated handling during his assessment.
Summary (1): When greeting a male on leash, Romeo was tolerant of pushy play but unsure when the play became boisterous. At times, Romeo wandered the yard. Romeo will check in with handler regularly through eye contacts for reassurance.
Date of intake: 13-Nov-2017
Summary: Romeo was stiff upon intake, minimal handling.
Date of initial: 13-Nov-2017
Summary: Romeo was very tense during his initial medical exam.
ENERGY LEVEL: His owner describes Romeo as having a medium level of energy which matches what we have seen in the care center. Romeo would do best with daily mental and physical activity to keep him engaged and exercised.
EXPERIENCE (suitable for an adopter with some previous dog experience, especially with the behaviors outlined below)
Potential challenges comments:
House soiling- Romeo’s owner reports not walking him regularly, therefore he would go to the bathroom in the home. Romeo should have frequent walks on a regular schedule, before and after eating, so he can learn to appropriately eliminate outside. Accidents should never be punished as they can decrease the human-animal bond and make the problem worse.
Fearful- Romeo is timid around new people and new environments. It is important to go slowly and allow Romeo to approach at his own pace. Romeo should never be forced to submit to petting or handling when he is showing signs he is uncomfortable. He should be spoken to in a soft, gentle voice.
It should be noted that once comfortable with select staff, Romeo is affectionate, playful, and social, climbing into staff member’s lap or lightly jumping up and hugging.
Experienced (suitable for an adopter with some previous dog experience)
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