Gunner has hit a bit of a glitch in terms of health. I noticed he was favouring his right hind leg and noticed that his urine seemed off. So we ran him into the vet for a check up. We think he may have pulled a muscle as his knees are okay and his cruciate seems fine. He did have some resistance to a full extension from the hip, but that may be related to a sore muscle. So he's on anti-inflammatories for now with reduced exercise. And he has struvite crystals, but no infection. This is likely due to the fact that he is not a big drinker. We will encourage his water consumption and retest his urine in a week or so.
He also has two bumps...one on his chest and one on his face. We are going to have these removed and sent to histopathology just to be on the safe side. If he is still limpy when he goes in for his lump removal, we will x-ray him while he is under for surgery to check for any hip issues.
We have been working on his dog to dog social skills as he is often uncertain around dogs he doesn't know well and can present badly by hackling up, freezing and staring. We haven't seen any overt nastiness in him, but he needs careful introductions to new dogs and some monitoring. This seems to be more a matter of lack of skills as opposed aggression. While he has done fine with my dogs, we were very careful with the intros and my dogs are all old hands at dealing with foster dogs who may have some issues.
Gunny (Gunner) has had his veterinary assessment and passed with flying colours. Blood work all normal, no parasites and no obvious health issues. He was very good for his vet appt, but was clearly afraid. We will work on having some "just for fun" visits so we can begin to make the vet's office less stressful.
His weight is 10.3 kgs...which is a not bad weight for him. He is out of shape, however, and gets tired quickly keeping up with my active crew. He will certainly become more fit as he romps and plays with the resident dogs.
He continues to be a very sweet fellow and is settling well. We haven't seen any anxiety about being without the humans as had been seen in his previous home, but we are going slowly with this and in some dogs it doesn't show up until they've with a home long to care when you leave.
He gets very excited about his walks and vocalizes and grabs the leash in excitement. He does have pretty decent leash skills.
He is a classic pug licker...and regularly cleans my husband's legs and my arms--especially when settling in for sleep. He does sleep on the big bed with us and the other dogs and other than being a bit of bed hog, he has been very easy to sleep with.
Meet Gunner. He is a two year old neutered male with lots of energy and fun in him. While he's only been in foster care a short time, he is making fast friends with the youngest dog of the house (who is about 16 months old) and is learning the way of things.
He has some allergy issues which we will work on and his house training needs a bit of work, but overall he has settled in well. He's a bigger pug, tall and long.
We will be working with him over the following weeks to teach manners and general skills as well as assessing any other needs he may have.