ZUKO – A1062247
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ZUKO – A1062247
MALE, BLACK / WHITE, CHOW CHOW MIX, 8 yrs
STRAY – STRAY WAIT, NO HOLD Reason STRAY
Intake condition GERIATRIC Intake Date 01/04/2016, From NY 10029, DueOut Date01/07/2016
Medical Behavior Evaluation YELLOW
Medical Summary BARH scan negative male intact very nervous, tense, resisted handling geriatric mod tartar cloudy eyes 5cc pyrantel po activyl NOSF
A volunteer writes: Looking every bit like a big black teddy bear, Zuko is calm in his kennel bowing his head to be leashed. He’s a handsome fellow and I don’t bother putting a coat on him as his fluffy coat is made for this cold weather! His leash manners are lovely, he wags his tail as we walk and he goes potty as soon as we’re out the door. Zuko is showing some typical signs of age, eyes that are a bit cloudy but make soft eye contact, back legs a little stiff but he’s majestic and stunning and for lovers of this breed he’s perfect!
Despite his back legs being a tad stiff he walks well, goes up and down steps easily and is easy and gentle to be with. Zuko is looking for a new home and people to love and if you’re into big black teddy bears you’ll want to meet Zuko today.
Hx: Geriatric exam. S: Active, friendly, interested in surroundings, tolerates most handling; O: BAR-H, BCS 5/9, MMs pink and moist; EENT: Immature cataract OD. Pigment keratitis OS. No discharge AU, nose. Moderate tartar and gingivitis. PLNs: Not enlarged. H/L: NSR, NMA. Harsh upper respiratory sounds; normal lung sounds. Abd: Slightly tense, no pain on palpation, no masses palpated; M/S/I: Muscle wasting over hind legs, pt slips on the limoleum floor and falls repeatedly. No skin lesions noted. UG: Male intact, testicles soft and symmetrical.
- Cataract in R eye and pigment keratitis in L eye
- Muscle wasting over hind limbs – R/O degenerative myelopathy vs. hip dysplasia and arthritis
- Harsh upper resp sounds – R/O laryngeal paralysis vs. stress of being in shelter
Short-term prognosis: Fair. Pt has long-term conditions which will eventually limit his quality of life, but he may have a happy few months to years before that point
P: Long-term veterinary care should include exam by ophthalmologist, neurologist +/- surgeon (if harsh upper resp sounds continue)
Zuko was found tied very closely to a pole. When approached, he would wag his tail and bob his head towards the person approaching, and then appear to stiffen. When a hand was offered, he would not sniff and he did not exhibit an interest in treats offered to him (did not smell them). When walking away from Zuko, he would begin to whine. During more than one attempt at getting a new rope leash on him, Zuko would stiffen and thrash his head back and forth (the leash was catching on his thick fur and on his head more than his neck) but when he was finally leashed, he did not resist the removal of the chain leash that had him connected to the pole.
Upon intake, Zuko wagged his tail, and again did not sniff hands when offered. He mounted his handler’s leg multiple times. A couple of times, when his back or sides were touched (petting or for microchip scanning), he would turn rapidly toward the touch.
While Zuko’s intake was being processed, there was more than one instance of dogs barking loudly, and Zuko did not have a reaction to any of those instances.
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