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.