Dog ID: 18-040
Surrender Date: 9/20/2018
Adoption Fee: $450, plus applicable tax
Age: 12 weeks
Energy Level: High
Interactions with dogs: Good
Interactions with kids: Good
Interactions with cats: Unknown
Medical or Behavior Challenge Notes: Medical Hold Jaida was born with disfigured paws
December 6, 2018:
Jaida is a 23-week old puppy who is the definition of atypical. She is unusually inactive due to orthopedic issues. She is walking less on her ankles and more normally on her paw pads. However, she appears to be in more pain due to a lateral luxation of her patellas. To explain: her kneecaps in both legs move in and out of place when she walks. This is abnormal and uncomfortable and something that may need to be addressed surgically.
She is delayed in potty training and does not go down a flight of stairs. She will go upstairs reluctantly. She has had recurring issues with her anal glands and currently is suffering from a hot spot on her right flank. She was seen today at Four Lakes Veterinary Clinic where her hot spot was shaved and thoroughly cleaned. She is currently on an antibiotic for 21 days along with a spray to help with the pain.
November 16, 2018:
Jaida had a therapy appointment with VRCW today. Per Dr. Bergh's request, we spent the majority of our time trying to get Jaida to walk in the hydrotank. Despite our best efforts, Jaida was very fearful and unwilling to walk on the treadmill once it started moving. Dr. Day also did some full body massages and used the laser. She seems more worried about Jaida's back legs, specifically her right patella, and mentioned she will be discussing her concerns with Dr. Bergh so that we can create a long term plan for Jaida's back legs (i.e. surgery, therapy, etc.). She has her next puppy exam next week. I do not think she needs any vaccines boostered at this time, but I will check when I bring her in. Overall, I would say her therapy is going well.
November 2, 2018:
Jaida had a wellness visit with Dr. Scarlett October 25. Her anal area is healing and she will not be requiring any additional medications. She is no longer required to wear her e-collar unless we notice her licking frequently. Her ears look okay--a little dirty on the outer ear canal. Dr. Scarlett also mentioned she appears to have a slight improvement in her palmigrade stance. She seems to be walking a little bit higher and we hope to continue to see an elevated posture.
Jaida saw Dr. Bergh on October 30. She definitely sees improvement in her front paws and believes that hydrotherapy will be beneficial. We currently have two appointments set with VRCW on November 9 and 20. Dr. Bergh would like to see Jaida again in six weeks. Jaida is now 29 pounds. Dr. Bergh has asked us to cut back slightly on her food to keep her weight on the low end. Dr. Berg mentioned surgery might be considered on her back legs due to her problems in her patella. This would be after she is fully grown and her front paws are doing better.
October 6, 2018:
Things are going well. Jaida is becoming more curious and will walk around the yard a little. She has also gained the confidence to tackle going up a set of stairs. However, she will not go down more than two steps, which is how she gets outside.
Jaida is beginning to initiate some play with our dog. It generally consists of her pulling at his ears or tail and him just looking at her. 😊 Otherwise, when he starts to play with her she just collapses on her side or back in a submissive posture.
We are still working on housebreaking. She is also begun "demand barking" when she wants something like food or treats and sometimes attention! We are working on that as well.
Jaida has poor muscle condition in her limbs. Treatment is aimed at improving strength of these soft tissues and providing high quality, balanced nutrition. Exercise should be frequent and initially in short episodes, to build strength. Physical therapy is also advised to work on building strength and coordination.
September 26, 2018:
Jaida is a sweet little girl. She likes to chew toys and has found her bark! She wants to be able to see her "humans" and will follow if you leave her sight.
At about 13 weeks, she doesn't appear to be as active as other puppies her age. She will run to you when called but then quickly goes to a down position. When going outside to potty she will do her business and then lie down. Visually she appears unstable when walking or standing and seems to have less than normal muscle mass in the back legs. This could be due to a lack of movement caused by her front paws. We will discuss these observations with Dr. Bergh (Edinger Surgical Options) on September 25th.
Tonight, Jaida had her nails clipped as they appeared not to have been cut in several weeks. She did not care about her back paws but yelped when trying to cut her front paws. With a lot of treats and taking our time, we were able to accomplish the job. We will continue to work on touching her paws daily to reduce sensitivity. Other goals in the next week include socializing Jaida to different environments and people.
We have observed that she seems to have excess eye discharge and are monitoring this. Leah cleaned her ears, which were very dirty and she received a bath. She is like a new girl!
Dr. Scarlett (Four Lakes Veterinary Clinic) has kindly agreed to fit Jaida into her schedule on September 25th. We will discuss all the issues mentioned above with her. It is our understanding that Jaida has not received any vaccinations, heartworm, or fecal tests. We also want to have her scabs/sores examined, which are located around her anus, at the belly, and elbows of both front and back paws. We will seek to accomplish these things as well as discuss heartworm and flea/tick medication options on the 25th.
I spoke with Dr. Scarlett today who advised that we immediately start Jaida on a different dog food -- specifically formulated for puppies. We put her on Blue Buffalo and she has responded well thus far.
Her first night was uneventful and after a busy day, we are confident that Jaida will sleep well tonight. Unless otherwise needed, we will provide another update after her appointments on September 25th.
September 21, 2018:
Jaida is new in foster care. More information will be coming.