Nacho came into rescue with infections as a result of allergic reactions. During her foster care she was monitored closely for reactions to different allergens. Nothing has caused an allergic reaction. Her infections cleared and she is now off her medications.
Nacho was put on a special diet from the Rayne company. However, she has tried out different foods while in foster care -- poultry, beef, fish, various fruit and vegetables and no-grain kibble. There has been no allergic reaction to these foods.
She was on a t-shirt therapy -- wearing a t-shirt when she went out for a walk in order to reduce the risk of allergy to trees, grasses and pollen. In the past month she has been going out each day without a t-shirt. We have walked through various parks and environments and there have been no allergic reactions.
Nacho is a very affectionate pug. She will snuggle up on the couch next to me but also settle into a comfy bed when I go to work. She gets a long walk in the morning and then is fine with sleeping through the day until I get home. She greets me with a little bum wiggle, bark and up on her hind legs to give me a lick.
Nacho walks well on the lead. When she first came into foster care, she tended to pull ahead. Maybe it was the new environment, but we worked at having her walk beside me and she quickly caught on to the speed.
She behaved well at her vet visits, being patient and allowing the vet and techs to make their examinations. She loves greeting the children in the park. She goes up, gets petted and then waits for a treat. She will occasionally bark at a stranger if they pass by closely. We have been working on keeping her focused and not to bark. She is not used to a busy street and will get scared with big loud trucks and buses.
In the morning, if she needs to pee, she will come up to my face and wake me to let me know. Nacho is a very smart pug. She gets along very well with the resident pugs and other dogs in the park. She does not play with them but sniffs, then casually waits for me to move on.
Nacho will make a welcome pug addition to any family.
As expected Nacho's follow-up test results were good news. She has been off her ear medication for 2 weeks and the vet says they look fantastic. They're all clear with no sign of infection. Her urine test was also normal and the stim test was negative for Addison's disease. She will go in for her dental in 2 weeks. In the meantime, I've begun to try different foods and there has been no allergic reaction. I'll continue to monitor her over the coming weeks just to be sure.
Nacho has been doing quite well behaviourally too. She has been making great strides on our walks. She was especially happy when she received a new harness - as you can see in the picture. In the past, she had used an over-the-head harness and thus was not pleased with the step-in type that we'd been using. As an extra bonus, the clip is on the side which helps greatly with training her to walk by my side. We've also been working on Nacho's behaviour when strangers pass-by. She has been getting more comfortable with those experiences and only gives a warning bark when startled or if they approach too quickly. Overall, she is quite used to getting lots of attention on the street and thoroughly enjoys all of it!
In the morning, Nacho likes to wake me up to let me know that she needs a pee break. If I do happen to get up first, she goes right to the door and waits. She seems full of energy and inquisitive on the morning walks. She likes to explore, but is never far away from my side. She is also the first to greet me at the door when I come home from work; accepting a head scratch, giving a little welcoming bark, then heading into the kitchen for a treat.
We went up to a farm one day and Nacho could not quite get over all the strange, new animals and smells. When the pony came up to the fence, Nacho sat and stared, but preferred to stay by my side instead of taking a closer look.
All in all, things are going well. Keep an eye out for the next update after her dental work is done.
Very good news for Nacho after her vet visits. Her skin condition has greatly improved. She is no longer itching and no new signs of allergic reaction. At Nacho's first vet visit, she had full anal glands which were expressed. She also had yeast infections in her ears, anal area and vulva. On her second visit, her back end was clean of infection and her ears were greatly improved - only the canal area was still plugged. I'm continuing her ear medication and will take Nacho for a recheck in July, but I'm confident her ears will be all sorted out by then.
Nacho's tear production is within the normal range but, because of the PK in her right eye, she is getting eye lube 3 times a day. She does have tartar build up on her teeth so a dental is scheduled for her in July.
The vet also tested Nacho's blood and the results were generally great! Some of her cortisol readings were a bit off though so we are going to do a urine test and a stim test to rule out any potential problems.
For Father's Day we took Nacho to explore Toronto's Harbourfront. She had a great time and enjoyed the cool breeze from the water. She has started to bark from time to time at strangers. I don't know what is triggering this new behaviour because at other times, she completely ignores people as they pass by. Maybe she is still adjusting to her new environment. I have been using a distracting technique that seems to help, but I will continue to monitor things to try and determine a specific trigger. Regardless of this new barking behaviour, when Nacho meets people, she is happy and goes up to them for a pet, wagging her tail. And she especially likes meeting the kids, which is so cute to watch!
After the day along the harbour, Nacho was tuckered and fell into a deep sleep on the bed until her next big adventure!
Nacho is a delightful 7 year old female pug. She is an owner surrender and is currently being assessed for allergy issues. She is a small pug, weighing about 15 lbs., but loves her food. I'm sure if she had any say in it, she would gain another 10 lbs!
Nacho reportedly has both food and environment allergies. Prior to coming to Pugalug, she had seen a dermatologist to determine specific allergies and possible solutions. She was put on allergy injections and wore a t-shirt when going outdoors near grasses and trees. At the moment, it's unclear if the injections were working or if other options should be explored. Her belly and arm pit colour is blackened from allergic reaction. She has also been using an ear medication for when they flare up. For now, I'm assessing her reaction to everything and keeping a journal on both her behaviour and health.
As a first step to manage her food allergies, Nacho has been transitioned to Rayne's Low Fat Kangaroo-Maint and seems to be doing well on it. Although it is still early, I have not noticed any outbreaks of scratching or itching. I did notice some pigmentary keratitis on her eyes and this may or may not be due to the allergies. Nacho will also need a dental at some point, but it's not an urgent issue at the moment. All of these concerns will be addressed when Nacho visits the vet on June 14th for a general check-up.
In the meantime, Nacho has settled nicely into our household, having started to play with her stuffy toy and greeting me when I come home from work. She is also full of boundless love and energy. She enjoys cuddling up next to me either on the couch in the evening or when sleeping in the big bed. When she wants to show some love, she will walk onto my belly, put her paws on my chest, stare into my eyes and give little licks to my chin. It's incredibly sweet and adorable.
Nacho also gets along great with the resident pugs and I've seen no signs of food or toy guarding. Although she was a little wary on walks for the first couple of days, she seems much better now that she is more familiar with everything in her new 'hood. Today, when some kids came up to say hi, Nacho gave a boy a little kiss on the cheek.
Please be sure to think good thoughts as we navigate Nacho's allergies and we will keep everyone updated as we go along.