TWIX – 14630
Safe - 12-2-2017 Manhattan
TWIX – 14630
**SAFER: NEW HOPE ONLY**
14630 Twix 5Y Neutered Brown Small Mixed Breed 16.6lbs Stray:11/26/2017
DVM Intake Exam; Estimated age: 1-2y; Microchip noted on Intake? N; History : found in apt fire- owners not home, FD rescued dog; Subjective: QAR; Observed Behavior – quiet, compliant for exam, nervous/tense; Evidence of Trauma seen – N- covered in soot from fire; Objective ; T = DNP; P = WNL; R = WNL; BCS 5/9; EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted; Oral Exam: clean adult dentition (suspect younger than 5yrs); PLN: No enlargements noted; H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic- no evidence of smoke inhalation; ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated; U/G: Neutered male; MSI: Ambulatory x 4, grade 2/4 L MPL; grade 4/4 R MPL; skin free of parasites, no masses noted, coat covered in soot from fire; CNS: Mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities Rectal: DNP; Assessment: no apparent smoke inhalation, coat sooty and needs bath, grade 2/4 L MPL; grade 4/4 R MPL; Prognosis: good; Plan: bath, ok for placement. ; SURGERY: Permanent waiver due to already neutered.
Behavior Assessment Date: 11/28/2017
Date of intake: 26-Nov-2017
Spay/Neuter status: Yes
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home): Stray
Date of assessment: 28-Nov-2017
Look: 2. Dog’s eyes are averted, body posture is stiff and fearful, tail is low and not moving. Dog allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity: 2. Dog displays high energy and movement, but it is directed toward getting closer to the Assessor. Body is soft, likely panting, may jump up between attempts to lick Assessor.
Tag: 1. Dog follows at the end of the leash, body soft.
Paw squeeze 1: 1. Dog gently pulls back his/her paw.
Paw squeeze 2: 1. Dog gently pulls back his/her paw.
Toy: 1. Minimal interest in toy, dog may smell or lick, then turns away.
Summary: Twix did not approach the assessor in the assessment room but allowed the assessor to approach him. He had a low, trembling body throughout the assessment but allowed all handling.
Summary (1): 11/27: When introduced off leash to dogs, Twix is fearful and keeps mostly to self.
Summary (2): 11/28: Twix keeps mostly to himself.
Date of intake: 26-Nov-2017
Date of initial: 26-Nov-2017
Summary: Twix appeared shut down but allowed handling.
ENERGY LEVEL: We have no history on Twix so we cannot be certain of his behavior in a home environment. In the care center, he displays a medium level of activity.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: NEW HOPE ONLY
TM – Treatable-Manageable
No young children (under 5)
Place with a New Hope partner
No young children: Due to the behavior seen in the care center, we feel that Twix may be intimidated by young children. He needs a slow approach and time to warm up. He should never be forced to interact with new people, and should be allowed to greet and initiate an interaction at his own pace. Older, gentle children should have an in-depth interaction prior to adoption.
Place with a New Hope partner: Twix is very fearful at the care center. He has snapped at and bitten handlers (without breaking skin) when being taken out of his kennel. For this reason, we recommend placement with a New Hope partner who can provide any necessary behavior modification (force-free, positive reinforcement-based) and re-evaluate behavior in a stable home environment before placement into a permanent home.
Fearful/potential for defensive aggression
Potential challenges comments:
Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Twix is a fearful at the care center and has snapped at and bitten (without breaking skin) handlers when uncomfortable. It is important to always go slow and give Twix the option to walk away from any social interaction. Twix should never be forced to approach anything that he is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Twix’s choice to approach a new person or thing. Twix would do best in an initially calm and quiet home environment and should be given time to acclimate to his new surroundings.
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