DEXTER - 2.5 YEAR OLD MALE
STATUS: IN FOSTER CARE
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INTRODUCTION - December 30, 2021
Dexter is a very sweet and spunky 2.5 year old male pug who was surrendered to Pugalug two days before Christmas. He was taken to a vet clinic for euthanasia because his right eye had popped out several days before, probably from an attack by another dog. After explaining there were other options open to Dexter, a very kind employee at the clinic reached out to Pugalug to see if we could take him in. We agreed and the surgery was done the same day.
He was picked up by his foster family shortly after the surgery. Because of damage to his head from the attack and because the eye had remained untreated for so long, Dexter experienced severe swelling around his head and chin and down his neck. Foster family took him to an emergency clinic on Christmas morning where the swelling was reduced with icing and IV antibiotics, and around the clock care was provided for three days. An ultrasound was performed to ensure there was no underlying infection and he was discharged late on December 27th.
We are very happy to report that Dexter is now out of the woods and is feeling fantastic! He is currently living with a male Pugalug rescue alum who is taking the job of fostering Dexter VERY seriously; he and his family are thrilled to be able to “pay it forward” by fostering for Pugalug! The two boys bonded quickly and are already playing, wresting and collapsing into a pug pile for a nap.
As soon as he was feeling better after his surgery, Dexter informed us that he LOVES toys. He is very confident running over to the toybox to pick something out, followed by running around the living room showing off his prize. He chases his tail in the morning when he gets excited for his breakfast, and he loves to play fetch with our collection of plush squeaky balls in the house. He was quite interested in seeing his pug foster sister playing fetch at the park, so once he has recovered a little more, we’ll see how he feels about fetching outside.
Dexter will be seen by a vet in a few days for a full assessment, blood work, rabies shot and to get his surgery stitches removed. He’ll also need to be neutered in February; because he is cryptorchid (one testicle not descended), the neuter planned at the same time as the enucleation was ruled out to prevent cross contamination with the infected eye site. We don’t know his vaccination status and will await the results of a titer test for distemper and parvovirus before booking a DHPP shot, if necessary, for about three weeks after his neuter surgery. He does have a prominent apparent burn scar of unknown origin down his right ribs which he will probably have for life but which doesn’t seem to bother him.
Dex is quite a muscular, fit pug. He is at an ideal weight, is very active and curious and, despite everything he’s been through, is very affectionate with both the resident dogs and his foster parents. From here on out, this boy is going to live the life of a king!