TÉA- 10 YEAR OLD FEMALE
ADOPTION STATUS: IN FOSTER CARE
With the province under extended stay at home orders, adoptions and home-visits are on hold until further notice.
FOSTER UPDATE - July 18, 2021
Téa has had a busy month. First she saw the neurologist for a CT scan and MRI under general anaesthesia. He noted muscle wasting in both pelvic limbs and lower back, and diagnosed her with spinal chord compression in the T13-L1 region, chronic herniated disks (extrusion), and congenital incomplete formation of vertebral joints (articular facet hypoplasia). Surgery may improve her mobility, sensation and urinary/fecal continence. She came home with a medication to relax her muscles to facilitate urination.
Then Téa had a visit to the Canine Wellness Centre where she was assessed by a rehab specialist who lent her a cart. She took off like a drag racer! After experiencing the cart, she wasn’t as happy in the stroller. When we’re walking with the kids, she keeps trying to push the stroller faster by lunging her body forward in the basket like she wants me to catch up. So it looks like her own cart is in the future.
On July 14th, Téa underwent dental surgery. It was a long process as the clinic took extra care because of her spine and because she had so many extractions – she only has 5 teeth left. The lump on her left hind stifle was removed at the same time and sent off for testing; the results were good in that it was benign and the surgeon got good margins. She will be going back to have all the staples removed in a few days.
Téa’s doing really well considering all she has been through. The day following surgery, she seemed to gain some super pug vibes and started walking around a lot better than normal. I was impressed how quick she was on her feet. But she hates the liquid medication and tries to spit it out. Also, she started getting very vocal about the cone and we ended up taking it off because she was really agitated by it. She bounced back the day after surgery and is getting spoiled by extra attention. She’s very cognizant of time, telling us enthusiastically every day at 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. that she’s hungry. Even with so few teeth, she attacks the spoon with spunk at every meal. We haven’t put her back into the cart since her surgery; walks are in the stroller. She still wants to chase after the boys and I think I’m taking up jogging by accident.
This girl has been through a lot in a short time so we’re going to take a break for a little while before we plan next steps.
Be sure to watch the three videos attached - of Miss Personality “ordering” her dinner, eating her dinner and rocking the cart.
INTRODUCTION - June 6, 2021
Meet Téa (pronounced Taya), an adorable 10 year old spayed female pug who came into rescue through no fault of her own about a week ago. She’s an itty bitty piece of sweetness weighing in at a little over 10 lb. On the weekend, she had her first vet visit which showed that she has a number of issues that need to be addressed so she will be in foster care a considerable time.
First, Téa has a bit of trouble with bladder control. She seems to know what to do in terms of pottying, but she just has issues fully relieving herself. Foster mom has tried putting diapers on her but she snagged those off as soon as possible. We have learned since intake that Téa was potty and pad trained as a puppy so we believe the problem is health related. A urinalysis came back clean.
The vet suspects that her incontinence is caused by a neurological deficit whereby she doesn’t have full control. He did some x-rays of her spine and bladder and found evidence of kyphosis (her spine goes up and down like a roller coaster) due to what he thinks might be intervertebral disk disease. He is sending the x-rays to a radiologist for an expert diagnosis. A further suggestion of neurological deficit is the inability of Téa’s hind paw to curl automatically when triggered and the fact that she drags her right hind leg as she wanders the house. She is unable to do stairs. A visit to a neurological specialist will be in Téa’s future. It should be noted that Téa got quite agitated when she was placed on her side for one of the xrays, suggesting the position caused her pain. As a result, the xrays are not of great quality and may need to be re-done under sedation if the radiologist deems necessary. The vet did not want to sedate her until we get back the results of her blood work early this coming week. In the meantime, foster mom is manually helping Téa to express her bladder and helping her with her mobility issues.
Second, the vet was concerned about a lump on Téa’s left hind stifle. He performed a fine needle aspirate to determine whether the mass is benign or malignant. If malignant, she will need surgery to have it removed and hopefully get clean margins.
Third, Téa is in great need of dental work. She eats slowly and with difficulty, and has bad breath. Like the princess she is, she has trained the oldest child in the foster family to spoonfeed her. Despite its importance, we agree with the vet that dental surgery should wait until we know more about the lump and Téa's general health.
Téa was well enough at the examination to get a rabies vaccination. Since we have no evidence of a prior rabies shot, she will need a 3-year booster one year from now. She also needs a distemper/parvovirus (DHPP) vaccination but we’ll wait on this. It is wise to wait 3 weeks between vaccinations and to separate a vaccination by 3 weeks from either side of surgery to let the immune system replenish itself. We will schedule her DHPP when we know more about scheduling of any required surgery.
Téa’s ears were filthy with dark waxy debris. The vet cleaned her ears and did a cytology which showed only yeast. He prescribed appropriate ear meds for the next week.
Foster mom reports that Téa is quite the sweetheart and sassy. She enjoys sitting on the couch next to people and is quite adamant that everyone pets her or gives her attention while watching tv. She loves going for walks. She insists that she start out on her own for a minute or so and loves to sniff the grass. When she’s had enough, she is placed in the trolley for a longer walk around the neighbourhood. She loves watching the kids running around her.
Like a pug, she’s quite vocal and strict with her food schedule. She lets foster mom know when it’s time for breakfast and enjoys hanging out in the kitchen. If anyone is in the kitchen for any reason, she makes her way there just in case they were going to share food. She hates that they eat lunch without setting her a place at the table and makes her way around each person to tell them exactly how rude it is.
Téa started out sleeping in the Big Bed, but then realized the humans tossed and turned too much for her to get comfortable. She now sleeps in a big fluffy bed by herself next to the Big Bed after the kids read her a night time story. Her favourite is ‘Pig the Pug’.
Téa is one little powerhouse of adorableness whose future holds a lot of medical care but who is living the Life of Reilly with a foster family who love her already.