TACO – A1119557
Safe - 8-1-2017 Staten Island
TACO – A1119557
**SAFER : EXPERIENCED HOME**
MALE, CREAM, CHIHUAHUA SH MIX, 10 yrs
OWNER SUR – ONHOLDHERE, HOLD FOR ID Reason MOVE2PRIVA
Intake condition GERIATRIC Intake Date 07/24/2017, From OUT OF NYC, DueOut Date 07/24/2017,
Medical Behavior Evaluation GREEN
Medical Summary Estimated age: 10 years Owner surrender, trembling but tolerated exam BCS 5/9 EENT: OU-lenticular sclerosis, ears clean, no nasal discharge noted Oral Exam: severe dental calc 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, approx 2-3 mm pink cutaneous masses at top of head right side of muzzle and right forelimb CNS: mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment severe dental disease cutaneous masses- R/O sebaceous adenomas vs other Plan Prognosis: good SURGERY: Permanent waiver at ACC due to age
Taco is a 10 year old Chihuahua that was surrendered to ACC due to the family needing to move in the next few days and not being able to secure a place in their new state that allows dogs.
Taco is described as a shy dog that takes a few moments to warm up to new people. He has never lived or been around children so his behavior is unknown. When playing with adults his behavior is described as friendly and gentle.
When around other dogs Taco is described as very tolerant but can become uncomfortable in certain situations. While he is tolerant he does not generally engage in play with the other dog(s).
He has never lived or been around cats so his behavior is unknown. The previous owner states that he has never attempted to bite or air snap at a person or animal.
His behavior concerns are that he isn’t very house trained and has a tendency to poop and pee in the household. He tends to have accidents a few times a week. During storms and firework he is not bothered by the noise.
His favorite activity is sleeping and chewing on bones. When he does play he enjoys fetch and tug and has always lived indoors. He will generally sleep with the owner in their bed or on his own bed.
When left home alone, Taco will tend to cry and go to the bathroom in the house, he has never been in a crate so his behavior is unknown.
KNOWN HISTORY: Limited Profile
Unaltered male, owner surrender
Previously lived with: Adults only
Behavior toward strangers: Social and gentle, may need a few moments to warm up
Behavior toward children: Unknown
Behavior toward dogs: Tolerant, not playful
Behavior toward cats:Unknown
Resource guarding: None reported
Bite history: None reported
Other notes: Taco has never been crate trained.
Look: 2. Dog’s eyes are averted. His body a bit tense, his tail is low and not moving. He allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity: 1. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, his eyes are averted, and his tail is in neutral position with relaxed body posture, mouth closed
Tag: 1. Follows at end of leash, body soft, settles easily and approaches at end of game.
Squeeze 1 / 2: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds. His eyes are averted and his ears are relaxed
Toy: 1. No interest. This may be due to environment as owner reports Taco enjoys games of fetch and tug.
Summary: Taco appeared a bit tense throughout his assessment, though tolerated handling without issue.
7/26, 7/27 : Taco continues to be tolerant of large male and female dogs, he does not respond to play solicits however.
When off leash with large male and female dogs, Taco was soft, polite and tolerant when the large dogs rushed in on him.
During his initial medical exam, Taco allowed all handling.
ENERGY LEVEL: In the care center, Taco displays a medium level of energy.
_X_House soiling – Taco is reported to have frequent accidents in the home. He will need guidance and consistency to learn to eliminate in proper indoor spots (wee wee pad) and/or outside on leash. We recommend crate training (the crate must be made positive and never used as a punishment, frequent walks, and rewards for eliminating in the desired places. Accidents should never be punished as it can damage the human-dog relationship and is likely to make the problem worse.
_X_Fearful – Owner reports Taco may need a few minutes to warm up as he may be timid with new people and new situations. Taco will do best with a slow approach, preferably with treats. Taco should be permitted to greet at his own pace and to initiate interaction (rather than being picked up or approached and pet immediately by a new person) so he has time to adjust and become comfortable with his new adopters. Taco should be spoken to softly and gently.
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