LEO - 3 YEAR OLD MALE
ADOPTION STATUS: IN FOSTER CARE
FOSTER UPDATE - JANUARY 1, 2022
Leo had both knees operated on December 27th (bilateral medial patellar surgery). He charmed the clinic staff. Surgery went well and he's healing at home. Leo will be in recovery for the next eight weeks and hopefully will enjoy long spring walks with no issues.
Leo is currently living in an xpen for limited activities and this living arrangement will continue for at least 5 weeks. Needless to say, he has given foster momma a few dirty looks and his whining would break your heart. He is not happy with the restrictions and absolutely hates that horrid cone he must wear. At least it can come off in a week. Two days after surgery, Leo was walking like a trouper and he doesn't seem to be in pain. Foster mom has to scoop him up once he's relieved himself outside or he'll continue to walk.
FOSTER UPDATE - NOVEMBER 23, 2021
Not much has changed in Leo's world this last month. He has a specialist appointment on December 13th for his knee surgery. His allergies are better. I think a lot has to do with the colder weather.
He's definitely feeling better the last month or so. He only has one speed when we go for walks and that's galloping. His energy level has sky rocketed and when you include squirrel sighting during the walks, well he turns into the Tasmanian devil. It's quite impressive to watch. When he wants attention or food or going out, he has started climbing all over my chest and attempts a happy dance, then climbs down and starts again. This can go on for a while ... I've tested it!
I'm sure more Leo quirks will develop for our next update.
FOSTER UPDATE - OCTOBER 15, 2021
Leo had a check up on Monday to see the progression of his allergies and to get his Cytopoint injection. His vet was quite happy with his overall skin condition. It's made quite a remarkable difference; however, he does get flare-ups every so often but they are easily kept under control with medicine and medical wipes. Now that his allergies are somewhat under control, we can now book his knee surgery appointment.
Leo is an absolute doll around the house. He mostly sleeps but gets bursts of energy when he wants to play fetch. He has initiated play with a couple of dogs in the neighborhood but can still be a bit on guard with most dogs. He wants to say hello but, once he's face to face, he will hide behind me or ignore them. Leo has a new passion these days - chasing squirrels … so many squirrels. He'll run after them and chase them while they’re going up the tree and then whine at them for not playing with him. It takes many treats for him to abandon the tree watching. What a character!
FOSTER UPDATE -August 31, 2021
Leo's allergies are getting better but it's a very slow progress. Since his health is currently in limbo, I thought I would indulge you with some of his quirky personality. After a little over 4 months in foster care, his personality has really emerged with some cute quirks. He has no issues yelling at people during our nightly walks when he feels people are too loud even if they're across the street. He's the night fun police of the neighborhood. There is no snoozing your alarm with this little guy; apparently he has a two snooze limit or you get a paw slap right in the face. Lately we've been playing a little game for dinner and when I ask if he wants dinner, he squeals like a little pig and gets the zoomies.
FOSTER UPDATE - July 21, 2021
Leo has settled well in foster care and the noisy city. He hardly barks now and is less distracted on walks. Leo's interaction with the neighbourhood dogs is improving. He initiated play with a cute pomeranian named Latte yesterday.
We are still working on Leo's allergies. He’s had two vet appointments and we have added a topical cream for his folds and chin. Bathing 3 times a week is still the plan and hopefully there will be further improvements. Leo's weight is perfect now that he's lost 8 lbs. We have a follow up appointment in another month to check on his allergies and another Cytopoint shot.
All in all this little cutie is a sweetheart and so calm.
FOSTER UPDATE - June 14, 2021
Lovely Leo has adapted very well in his foster home; he's a calm boy unless there's dogs on TV. His barking is minimal now that he's used to his environment.
Medically, we have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that, while he does have quite bad luxating patellas in both knees, he is not in pain and the issue won’t cause other problems such as arthritis or hip displacement down the road. His wonky knees affect his gait but not his mobility per se. The surgeon looked at his xrays and did other tests and concluded that surgery is not warranted. If he has trouble negotiating stairs or seems to be otherwise distressed by his knees, we can opt for surgery at that time. We are still working on his weight and so far he’s lost an incredible 5.5 pounds. This will reduce the strain on his knees.
The bad news is that Leo’s allergies are not yet under control. He has severe dermatitis on his abdomen and very yeasty ears and toes. We are continuing with the single protein food (kangaroo) and medicated baths three times a week. He tolerates but isn’t thrilled with all the bathing. The Cytopoint injection on May 5th did a good job at curbing his itchiness for a while but it is starting up again. We need to deal with the underlying cause so Leo will be going back to the vet to deal with this shortly.
Leo is still a bit timid around strangers and other dogs but is less hesitant than he was. He is a very sweet boy who loves to be with his foster mom and follows her around constantly.
INTRODUCTION - May 10, 2021
Leo is a 2.5 year old neutered male pug who came into foster care on April 17th and is adapting well to his new environment. He was surrendered because of health problems requiring more care than his owners could provide.
Leo arrived with feverish scratching and several raw patches on his skin which we suspected were allergy related. He has been getting frequent medical baths and has been switched to a new diet. His blood work came back mostly normal although he has a mild “anemia of chronic disease”. This, plus a slightly elevated white blood cell count and low albumin result, was probably due to infection or inflammation caused by his skin issues. Further testing to rule out protein loss and liver issues all came back as favourable, as did his thyroid, urinalysis, heart worm and Lyme disease tests. The awesome news is that an injection of Cytopoint has made an amazing improvement - his itching has reduced by about 80%.
Before intake, it was recommended that Leo have surgery for his back legs. The foster vet did a basic neurological assessment which did not show any significant deficits. Her gait exam and x-rays of his spine/hips, however, raised alarms so she sent the x-rays to a specialist. The report came back that there are, indeed, significant potential problems including luxating patellae, hip dysplasia, osteoarthrosis and possible degenerative disc disease. We are going to proceed with a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon. We are also going to consult with a rehab specialist who can create a treatment plan aimed at appropriate exercises to help improve his mobility without causing further injury. In the meantime, foster mom has been very successful at getting some weight off Leo to take pressure off of his frame.
Leo came from a small city and is finding Toronto a little noisy and intriguing. Foster mom reports that “many noises and distractions lengthen our walks while he periodically barks at things he's not sure of, like a motorcycle with a cover on it. We are walking 3 to 4 times a day to shed some of his 14kg weight and increasing distance as well. Leo is a very sweet boy and has become my shadow quickly and loves to cuddle. He gets quite excited when you come home with his theatrical squealing.”