Leaving Long Island - Owen and Graydon
final update 5/20/10
Graydon is a mellow super sweet
companion and a trooper.
Graydon’s initial emergency treatment and intake was for a botched
an ensuing life threatening infection that had spread through his groin
genitals. Graydon’s walk was wobbly which we suspected was linked to the
groin/leg infection. He also tested positive for hook worm that
cleared with a series of oral medications.
With a week of acute treatment the neuter infection cleared up but he
presented a wobbly gait that was clearly not linked to the infection as
Graydon had a complete physical and X-Rays were taken. It was determined
he had suffered a crushed L4 & L5 in his lower spine sometime ago
additional trauma to his neck (both from suspected abuse and the
conditions that he and Owen were kept in).
Graydon experiences daily pain due these old injuries that were left
for such a long time. There are several ongoing side-effects from these
injuries and the pain he suffers:
Graydon's gait is a little wobbly and he cannot walk long distances
on concrete (his front paws drag and create bloody sores). The
stress on his spine limits his mobility
and activity – no stairs, jumping or rough play (but he loves to walk in
Graydon's nerve damage and pain are mostly localized at the lower end of
spine - although he is super house trained for peeing, he has very
control of his bowel movements. He is very regular in this area but most
he does not sense that he is pooping and so accidents in the house,
predictable are unavoidable.
Since coming into foster care and the beginning of a weekly treatment
found an immediate improvement in his pain. Graydon’s treatment
weekly visits to Dr. S for an anti-inflammatory/pain
shot. Graydon has undergone two months of treatment which has
manage his pain levels and has stabilized his condition. Graydon is
occasionally given Metamax
orally by his foster mom when his pain levels are high and his walking
little more labored.
Graydon is on a strict diet that helps his foster mom manage his
keeping him both regular and his stool firm. Treats are limited to help
area. Graydon never has pee accidents
in the house, but because of his injury, cannot mark the trees like
dogs and certainly has his own unique way of peeing (as he zig zags his
Graydon's life has changed in our care and he gives so much love for a
was shown very little in his previous situation. In all other areas he
healthy male pug and a very good boy (with great teeth!).
Owen was first found he was very scared of humans. His fur was very
had a horrible case of kennel cough, and he could not get around very
all. There were many physical signs of abuse. The black elephant skin
shocking to see, and his huge swollen BROKEN elbow, which he would not
X-ray, was quite a remarkable sight, and will go down as one of
coolest things they have seen at Dr. S’ office. Pretty remarkable young
man-pug. It has been miraculous to watch him go from Day 1 till now.
Kennel cough cleared we noticed immediately that Owen’s vocal box has
completely shot, which means that Owen never barks. He simply cannot. He
LARGE personality and presence known in many different ways however.
foster mom comes home Owen is excited, he follows her feet and they end
playing hopscotch Owen style! He never has an accident in the house. He
to pee and poop on dirt or grass. He is not a huge concrete fan.
The swelling and the fluid drained from the elbow pad, and once
black skin cleared away, the skin is so soft and tender. He has figured
way to use that leg again. He walks a little like Quazy Moto, the
its super endearing. Sometimes he will stop walking and put the arm down
bend the broken part of the elbow in the other direction. He has no
can run/walk, pull on the leash, and jump the curb like any other young
has stopped dragging the front left paw on the ground also.
features include his mouth/muzzle area which is perfect for kissing
gives AWESOME pug kisses!) and his (semi-old man) eyebrows.
big smile and his love have been more then I would have ever
coming out of the situation he and Gray were in together. He is a lover.
have settled with Lamb and rice simple ingredient food for Owen. I
sweet potatoes to the bowl every night. He likes dinner time, but is not
If the other dog is eating he will wait patiently till done, then walk
the other bowl, and secretly eat any leftovers.
has stopped, and he still receives a Malasab shampoo once a
along with the wipes. He is a VERY good boy. Owen finished the last day
of a 28
day oral medication for the skin and the yeast and the itching. He now
needs to be monitored now off the medication to see if it will stay this
And continue the baths, which really helps the black skin on the neck
cannot jump up onto any furniture, but wants to be close to his human as
He is a hefty 21-22 lbs and is the best snuggle pug anyone could have.
all he has been through it’s hard to imagine he would have turned into
happy boy that he is today!
Thank you for supporting Owen and
Leaving Long Island - Owen and Graydon update
foster mom has been
alternating warm/cold compresses on his infected groin for the past few
around the clock and it has helped draw the puss out - a very good
The infection has not spread any further down his leg and the area that
infected isn’t as rock hard as it was just last week. The infection also
not spread to his other side/leg which is more good news.
We were told to watch closely for any signs of straining - a potentially
threatening situation where he would not be able to relieve himself. We
managed to stop the infection from spreading further and to our relief
to be urinating fine for the time being, but does seem to have some
difficulty with bowel movements.
Graydon is still a
bit tender in the groin area and walking gingerly. As such we are
watching his back leg closely and hoping these issues are not related to
the infection or an indication of something else.
Owen is doing great. He
is currently on an oral 28day/1 a day med for his intense Yeast and skin
allergies. The Oral is helping threefold, but makes him sleepy, we have
switched his protein from Chicken to Lamb, which he seems to be reacting
He is on an all
natural/bland food with fewer ingredients made with Lamb kibble. His
cooks sweet Potatoes and mixes it into his food and he eats all natural
made with zero protein. Malaseb Wipes and shampoo seem to help him with
itching as well.
Owen is still scratching under
his neck and belly, but he has stopped biting his legs. There is a
improvement. Where he scratches the hair is falling out a lot, but we
this is natural until the yeast and the bubbles/dry skin fall off and
replaces it as part of the healing process.
Owen’s elbow looks and
feels like regular skin now, the fluid has drained through massage and
inflammation is gone. His personality has been growing and he has come
his shell with other dogs and people. He doesn’t shy away (as much) as
before. We are very encouraged with Owen’s progress so far.
We will continue to keep you
on the progress of these sweet boys!
Leaving Long Island
Owen and Graydon were
pulled from a shelter in Long Island,
NY where they both ended up after being rescued from a horrific
breeder living in treacherous conditions.
Both dogs have serious
abscesses and skin infections. They
are both limping from the pain of open wounds, sores, and damage
that is most
likely the result of being confined in unsanitary tiny wire cages that
infections they are now both fighting.
Both pugs are un-neutered and
were most likely used as stud
dogs to produce more litters.
On Graydon’s first couple
of days in Curly Care we noticed
the large abscess in his groin which also spread down his left leg.
Curly Vet. Dr. S was concerned that if it spread any further it could be
a serious threat
to his genitals and possibly cause a blockage.
The abscess had already ruptured
at the Vet.'s and his foster mom was told to apply a hot compress
followed by a
cold compress to try to draw the rest of the puss out. This was done
every 3 to 4
hours for the entire weekend (Friday to Monday). The infection seemed to
impeding his ability to walk and defecate. He has also been given a
concentrated shot of antibiotics as well as a series of oral
came to us in even worse shape than Graydon. In
addition to infections and sores, Owen has also been suffering from
allergies, a common congenital problem in many Pugs. Owen was clearly
never Vetted or treated for his allergies and the damage and neglect is
the grotesque condition of his pus oozing wounds, elephant like skin,
itching, and being so uncomfortable that he has difficulty even
of Owen and Graydon and their road to recovery will be costly, but Curly
Tail will do everything we can to restore them to health and give them
the lives that all Pugs deserve.
Please help us help Owen and
Graydon, every little bit helps.
Leaving Long Island