Animal Profile


Amber

Hello, my name is Amber. My animal id is #65633. I am a desexed female gray dog at the Brooklyn Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 3 years 2 months 1 weeks old.

I came into the shelter as a agency on 6/11/2019.

Sorry, this pet is for new hope partners only.

Amber is at risk for behavioral concerns. She displays initial timidity and fearful behavior during her interactions in the care center. She has been observed to exhibit fearful body language (tucked tail, low head and body, trembling), but warms up and readily solicits attention and contact from handlers. She has been diagnosed with a mass that will need follow up care but otherwise there are no concerns.

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Let's get to know each other a bit more...

A volunteer writes: It takes a moment to win Amber's heart and trust, but once you do, she's a friend for life. She comes when you call her and stays by your side, seeking attention and leaning in for pats. Amber gobbles up her treats with zeal, which is great because then you can use rewards to help her her to learn lots of puppy skills. She relishes a game of fetch, letting her fresh young nature shine through. She's quite good on leash, especially if you bring along a treat pouch and keep the rewards coming! Her ideal forever family would be one with humans over the age of five, where she can be the only pet, with humans who can help her decompress and relax, teaching her that the world is a safe and fun place to be. If that sounds like your family, come by the Brooklyn ACC today and ask for Amber.

My medical notes are...

Weight: 56.8 lbs

6/11/2019

[DVM Intake] DVM Intake Exam Estimated age:2-4y Microchip noted on Intake?n Microchip Number (If Applicable): History :stray Subjective: Observed Behavior -tail tucked, head down, shaking. will lick examiner Evidence of Cruelty seen -n Evidence of Trauma seen -n Objective T = P =50 R =wnl BCS 5/9 EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted Oral Exam:clean teeth PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: no spay scar seen MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat. small red mass on right side of muzzle. CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment: healthy. small mass, likely benign. Prognosis:good Plan:ohe. monitor mass on muzzle SURGERY: Okay for surgery

6/14/2019

Hx: 6/11 intake Mass - likely benign SO: BARH, Good appetite, unremarkable eliminations EENT: eyes clear, ears clean, no cough, sneeze or discharge noted on exam Oral: unremarkable adult dentition H/L: Eupneic, no irregular beats, normal heart and lung sounds MSI: Ambulatory, palpation unremarkable, full and shiny hair coat Abd palp unremarkable Female intact A: mass P: Ok for Glendale monitor mass +/- biopsy

6/24/2019

Hx: 6/11 intake Mass - likely benign 6/15 Spayed at Glendale SO: BAR, Good appetite, very soft stool, noted hematochezia on the board. Good energy level EENT: eyes clear, ears clean, no cough, sneeze or discharge noted on exam H/L: Eupneic MSI: Ambulatory, full and shiny hair coat, surgery site clean and dry. no discharge or erythema Female Spayed A: mass - likely benign soft stool P: proviable 1 cap po SID until 6/30 monitor mass +/- biopsy recheck d3

6/25/2019

Progress exam-CIRDC noted on rounds History: Intake 6/11/19-small mass. 6/15-spayed 6/24-started on proviable for diarrhea Subjective: BAR. Sneezing with serous nasal d/c. Objective EENT: Eyes clear, serous nasal d/c H/L: Normal RR/RE, sneezing MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment: CIRDC Diarrhea Small mass Prognosis: Good Plan: CTM while at BACC Move to iso Start baytril 10mg/kg PO SID x14d until 7/9 Continue proviable 1 cap PO SID until 6/30 Recheck day 7 Rec biopsy of mass with placement

7/2/2019

Hx: Intake 6/11/19-small mass. 6/15-spayed 6/24-started on proviable for diarrhea SO: BAR. Sneezing with serous nasal d/c. Good appetite, no further noted diarrhea by ACS EENT: Eyes clear, serous nasal d/c H/L: Normal RR/RE, sneezing MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities A: CIRDC Diarrhea - resolved Small mass Prog: Good P: recheck d10 baytril 10mg/kg PO SID x14d until 7/9 doxy 10mg/kg PO SID until 7/9 Rec biopsy of mass with placement

7/2/2019

Added doxycycline 10 mg/kg PO SID x 14d due to ISO population having persistent CIRDC signs on baytril alone.

7/5/2019

Hx: Intake 6/11/19-small mass. 6/15-spayed 6/24-started on proviable for diarrhea S: BAR, mild sneezing, no coughing, no vd. Eyes: Unremarkable OU Ears: Unremarkable AU. Nasal Cavity: Mild serous nasal discharge Lungs: Eupneic U/G: Normal external genitalia. No discharge. Musculoskeletal: Ambulatory x 4 with no appreciable lameness. BCS = 5/9 Neuro: Appropriate mentation. Rectal: Not performed. Externally normal. A: CIRDC Small mass Prog: Good P: recheck d14 baytril 10mg/kg PO SID x14d until 7/9 doxy 10mg/kg PO SID until 7/9 Rec biopsy of mass with placement

7/6/2019

Hx: Intake 6/11/19-small mass. 6/15-spayed 6/24-started on proviable for diarrhea 6/29 Added doxy SO: BAR, unremarkable appetite and elimination No cough, sneeze or discharge noted on exam EENT: Eyes clear OU, no ocular or nasal discharge H/L: Eupneic, normal RR/RE Neuro: A&A MSI: Ambulatory x4 Abd: visually normal A: CIRDC - resolved Small mass Prog: Good P: baytril 10mg/kg PO SID x14d until 7/9 - no need to extend at this time doxy 10mg/kg PO SID until 7/9 - no need to extend at this time ok to leave ISO Rec biopsy of mass with placement

7/20/2019

Hx: Intake 6/11/19-small mass noted (most likely benign). 6/15-spayed 6/24-started on proviable for diarrhea 6/25- CIRDC 7/20- Extended stay progress exam SO: BARH, very sweet and affectionate. No c/s/v/d noted, unremarkable eliminations. EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted Oral Exam:clean teeth, mild tartar staining, mild tartar, no gingival inflammation. PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: No murmurs or arrythmias ausculted. CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: no spay scar seen MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat. small red mass on right side of muzzle. CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment: Small mass (most likely benign) Plan: Continue to monitor at BACC

8/3/2019

Hx: Intake 6/11/19-small mass noted (most likely benign). 6/15-spayed 6/24-started on proviable for diarrhea 6/25- CIRDC 7/20- Extended stay progress exam 8/3- Long stay exam S: BARH. No csvd. CRT: <2s. Gums: pink, moist Eyes: Grossly appropriate OU. Ears: Unremarkable AU. Nasal Cavity: No nasal discharge. Oral Cavity: Mild tartar. PLN: WNL Heart: No murmurs or arrhythmias. Lungs: Eupneic, lungs clear. No crackles or wheezes bilaterally. Abd: Soft, non-painful. No palpable masses. No organomegaly appreciated. U/G: FS. No discharge. Musculoskeletal: Ambulatory x 4 with no appreciable lameness. BCS = 4/9 Integument: small mass on muzzle, Otherwise unremarkable haircoat. Neuro: Appropriate mentation. Rectal: Not performed. Externally normal. Assessment: Mass- likely benign Plan: continue to monitor

6/16/2019

Pre-surgical exam, anesthesia, and surgery performed by ASPCA. Green linear tattoo placed on ventral abdomen.

Details on my behavior are...

Behavior Condition: 2. Blue

During intake Amber was shying away from the counselor but she did allow her to collar hr and take her picture with no problems.

Basic Information:: Amber is a gray and white female dog that was found wandering loose in someones yard and was brought to the ACC as a stray.

Previously lived with:: Unknown information

How is this dog around strangers?: When meeting the staff at the ACC for the first time shy was shy and timid but she warmed up and allowed the counselor to pet her with no problems.

How is this dog around children?: Unknown information

How is this dog around other dogs?: Unknown information

How is this dog around cats?: Unknown information

Resource guarding:: Unknown information

Bite history:: Unknown information

Other Notes:: Unknown information

Medical Notes: Unknown information

For a New Family to Know: Unknown information

Date of intake:: 6/11/2019

Spay/Neuter status:: No

Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Stray, no known history

Summary:: Leash Walking Strength and pulling: Mild pulling Reactivity to humans: None Reactivity to dogs: None Leash walking comments: Sociability Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Tense body, trembling, tucked tail, approaches handler readily, licks handler, explores somewhat, ears back, accepts contact, leans into handler Call over: Approaches readily, low body and tail Sociability comments: Handling Soft handling: Tense-neutral, tucked tail, ears back, closed mouth, lip lick, sits down, accepts all contact Exuberant handling: Tense-neutral, tucked tail, ears back, closed mouth, lip lick, remains sitting, leans into and accepts all contact Handling comments: Arousal Jog: Follows handler, soft and loose, tail high and wagging Arousal comments: Solicits attention and leans into handler after third pass Knock Knock Comments: No response to knock; Approaches assistant readily, tucked tail, low head, soliciting attention, leans into contact Toy Toy comments: Grips firmly

Summary:: Amber was surrendered as a stray so her past behavior around other dogs is unknown. When initially introduced to a novel male dog, Amber is uncomfortable with a tense body. As she attends further playgroup sessions, Amber immediately becomes reactive and begins growling and lunging; she attempts to bite the male through the gate. Due to Amber's reactvity, the gate is not opened and an off-leash interaction is not conducted. The Behavior Department recommends that Achilles be the only dog at this time. 6/12: When off leash at the Care Center, Amber is introduced to a novel male dog. She is uncomfortable as she greets him and becomes tense when she exchanges a face to face greet. The novel male begins to hard bark at handlers and is swapped for another male. When the second novel male enters the pen and approaches the gate, Amber begins to grumble. Her leash is held and the gate is opened, she becomes tense with a short lip when the male approaches. The male walks away and Amber attempts to dart after him. 6/23: Today was Amber's first day back to playgroup after recovering from surgery. She stands at the gate with a stiff body and hard eyes as a novel male enters the pens. The male approaches the gate and attempts to sniff the gate when Amber pushes her muzzle through the gate and attempts to bite him. The male is led away from the gate and Amber freezes, low growls, and hard barks as she is led away by a second handler.

Date of intake:: 6/11/2019

Summary:: Shying away, though tolerated some handling

Date of initial:: 6/11/2019

Summary:: Tail tucked, head down, shaking, licks handler

ENERGY LEVEL:: Amber has been observed to exhibit a medium level of energy during her interactions in the care center.

IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: Throughout her stay, Amber has displayed social behavior with most staff and volunteers, soliciting and seeking attention. While she has been observed to jump up high towards handlers in a social manner when excited, she has also been observed to become easily overstimulated during these times and is slow to settle. Amber has displayed high levels of stress in her kennel as well as when being removed and replaced from kennel; she consistently has been observed to react to the neighboring dogs. When outside, Amber does not appear to be reactive on leash towards other dogs though she has at times been observed to fixate briefly; she readily refocuses with treats. 8/9/19: While on a walk, two staff members approached Amber and her handler while out of uniform. Amber tensed up upon their approach, fixated on one of the staff members, When they reached, the other put her hand out towards Amber, causing Amber to lunge and snap at the members hand. 7/31/2019: When returning from a walk with Amber, while walking down the hallway she wandered in the laundry room and grabbed a toy. Amber started to walk with the toy though dropped it, handler bent down to pick the toy up and Amber was observed to jump up to grab the toy from the handler's hand, seemingly snapping towards it. Amber was observed to continuously jump up towards handler in attempts to grab the toy which handler was still holding. Amber was observed to mouth/make contact with the handler's bicep area in the process; we cannot be certain whether this was a result of over-arousal, frustration or overall enthusiasm or whether Amber accidentally made contact with handler’s bicep or not. Upon returning to her kennel, Amber began reacting to the dog in the kennel closest to the entrance of the room. As the handler walked through the kennels, he placed Amber in between his legs which appeared to result in Amber head flipping; while being walked down the row of kennels she reacted towards the other dogs, Amber was placed back into her kennel successfully.

BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: New Hope Only

Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable

Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Single-pet home,Recommend no dog parks,Place with a New Hope partner

Recommendations comments:: No children (under 13): Due to Amber's overall timidity and fearful behavior, we feel it would be best for her to be placed in a stable, adult-only home environment to ensure her success. It is advised that the new adopters should be able to exercise appropriate and safe management when handling Amber, allowing her to acclimate and decompress at her own pace. Force-free, reward-based training only is advised when introducing or exposing Amber to new and unfamiliar situations, as well as utilizing guidance from a qualified, professional trainer/behaviorist. Single-pet home: Due to the concerning behaviors that Amber has shown during playgroup (see DOG-DOG BEHAVIOR SUMMARY), we feel that Amber should be the only resident dog. The Behavior Department recommends that she be socialized in a more controlled setting until her behavior towards other dogs can be further addressed. Reward-based, force-free training can be utilized to help Amber associate dogs with things she enjoys like toys or treats. Recommend no dog parks- Due to the concerning behaviors that Amber has shown during playgroup (see DOG-DOG BEHAVIOR SUMMARY), we feel that Amber should not visit dog parks until she has had the opportunity to learn appropriate social skills when interacting with other dogs. The Behavior Department recommends that Amber receive dog socialization sessions under the supervision of a certified trainer or behaviorist. Place with a New Hope partner: Although Amber displays social behavior when interacting with certain staff members, she has recently displayed signs of deterioration. Amber has escalated to lunging and snapping toward staff when approached - observed on multiple occasions (SEE IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS). We feel she would be best set up to succeed if placed with an experienced rescue partner who can help manage these behaviors and allow her to acclimate and decompress at her own pace. Force-free, reward based training only is advised when introducing or exposing Amber to new and unfamiliar situations, as well as utilizing guidance from a qualified, professional trainer/behaviorist.

Potential challenges: : Social hyperarousal,Fearful/potential for defensive aggression

Potential challenges comments:: Amber displays initial timidity and fearful behavior during her interactions in the care center. She has been observed to exhibit fearful body language (tucked tail, low head and body, trembling), but warms up and readily solicits attention and contact from certain handlers. Since her admission to the care center, Amber has begun to display signs of deterioration and has exhibited defensive aggression, where she has been observed to lunge and snap when approached. Please refer to the handout for Fearful/potential for defensive aggression. When excited Amber has been observed to jump up towards handlers in a social manner though easily becomes overstimulated and her jumping will intensify. She appears slow to settle though seems responsive when using toys or treats. Please see handout on Arousal should these challenges appear in a new home environment.