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CRICKET - 7 MONTH OLD FEMALE

STATUS: IN FOSTER CARE.

FOSTER UPDATE - MARCH 18, 2024

Can’t believe the puppies have already been here for two weeks!

Sunny and Cricket have settled into their foster home and are back to routine puppy behaviour. They sure have been a handful but in a delightful way! They are full of pure energy, playfulness and excitement. It’s been a lot of work to say the least. 

 

In the last week, they’ve started to respond to their names which is great. We are “starting” to get outdoor trained, with a few accidents here and there. They’ve started sleeping through the night in their crates, with only some barking in the morning at wake up time. They are still not used to the cats, but our one cat is getting brave and starting to come out anyways. They are really good on the leash! 

 

Overall for puppies, they are doing really good. 

 

No concerns with Crickets healing; she’s rarely limping now and consistently using her leg. The incision is healing nicely! 

 

INTRODUCTION - MARCH 4, 2024

Meet cutie-patootie Cricket, a 7 month old female pug who came to us today, March 4th, from Under My Wing Pug Rescue with her brother Sunny. In the month they were in foster care there, Cricket was spayed, had a minor hernia repaired and some teeth removed. She was also treated for a mild urinary tract infection/vaginitis and brought up-to-date on vaccinations.

 

Cricket has been diagnosed with the genetic defect called chondrodysplasia (canine dwarfism) which means her cartilage does not grow normally. This has resulted, in her case, in short limbs and some curvature in many of her long bones. It also resulted in painful dysplasia in her right hip so last week she had surgery to correct the femoral head. In a couple of weeks she will be going to her new foster home’s clinic for some blood work and a post-op check up. In the meantime, she will be on restricted activity (including no stairs) for a week to ten days, followed by another two weeks of leash walking only. This isn’t easy for a young puppy who wants to play so she is on Trazodone to keep her calm. Despite these troubles, Cricket is a happy, normally energetic wee girl who loves to snuggle. We hope these surgeries will set her up well for a happy, pain-free life. 

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