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Project Plum
June 7, 2009

So I have a pug visitor that I'll be fostering for a while. Probably as long as it takes for her to be adopted.
Plum is a sweet little senior 10 y/o girl who we rescued from a kill shelter. Her owners said they were no longer able to care for her so she ended up there. Grrrrrrrr.

Plum has dermatitis on her feet and neck and has some general allergies. She is very itchy, biting and licking her feet to the point that she has lost some fur and they are red and swollen. She also has bad ear infections. She came to me with 3 meds: Prednisone, Ottomax and Clavamox. It's seems to be a case of allergies and neglect.

I've been struggling to get her ear drops in without getting bitten. The poor thing is in so much pain with her ears that she does not want me touching them or coming at them with a syringe. But I'm getting better at it. She needs the meds every 12 hours so we are getting them in one way or another.

I am giving her ½ a Benadryl every 6 hours to provide some relief from the allergies because she is just crawling out of her skin. I also have her on a protein rich diet Wellness 95% chicken and turkey mixed with Newman's Organic dry. This is what we recommend and feed all of our fosters and our own pugs as well. The new diet will take some time to benefit her system but overall should relieve many of her allergic symptoms.

Plum was a city dog so she has no idea what grass is. I put her in the backyard and she just stands there not really sure what to do. It will take some time to convert her to country living. With each walk though she goes a little further and is getting the idea that grass is a good thing..

It is super sad that such a sweetheart could end up in a kill shelter with infections, untreated allergies, and overgrown toenails. So I am now working with her on rehabilitation and establishing trust.

On a positive note Plum is a sweet petite little pug, she only weighs about 15 lbs and I can see that despite her issues her little pug spirit is still strong! She does have her peppy moments and likes to curl up behind my knees on the couch. She is also a great sleeper, I even wake up before her.... and I outsleep everyone! Mostly she just likes to hang out and chill.

Once we are able to get her skin and ear issues under control Plum will make someone a wonderful, loving and mellow pet.

Posted by Lori on June 7, 2009 4:03 PM permalink Comments (4)



Becky commented June 7, 2009 10:33 PM

She is so cute. I have no doubt that Plum will bounce back in no time with your love and care. She is in the absolute best place she can be at this time in her life, at home with you.



Casey commented June 8, 2009 2:25 PM

Oh that POOR GIRL! Thanks for taking such great care of her!



stacy/brutus commented June 10, 2009 10:40 PM

Congrats Lori. You are doing a very selfless loving act. Enjoy her!



Michelle commented June 12, 2009 10:09 AM

My Bella has developed some allergies as well and I have to say, in addition to changing her diet, vitamin E oil helped her emensley with her itchy spots (not open soars, but where she seemed to nibble often). She also LOVES the attention she gets when you're rubbing it in.

Best of luck! It's very admirable what you're doing!


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