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    Parents just came into a new dog...! Need some advice

    So my dad and some of his buddies have been doing a lot of make over work for our local shelter, cutting down trees for new run space, new sign, outdoor play area for dogs and cats, etc.

    They were working on Saturday and when they got there, someone had left a little dog in a cage outside the gate just to sit in the hot sun all weekend. Shes been following my dad around and he kind of took her in. Well today they brought her home...

    she's a jack russell, at least half. My dad had to know because he has seen my Mick plenty of times. She seems calm now, but so was mine the first few nervous days. She growls just like mine.

    Anyway, we can take care of the energy issue, we have a long run across trees in the back, and can easily build a fence and I can pass on the endless list of mental stimulation, etc.

    But overall, when you come across a dog like this, how do you know how to treat them as far as what shots she has had, etc? We know she has not been spayed, and we have a male dog who is still intact so we are watching that until she gets taken asap. She does have a micro chip, do they have to have all their shots before they can get one of those? They found the owner and found out her name was Mocha.

    She also has sore spots on her feet. Not her pads but up on the sides of her toes and some on her legs. I am really hoping she is healthy.

    I am making my dad a list of things to ask the vet, if anyone has an suggestions let me know please!!

    Thank you, sorry that was long!

    Here are some terrible photos from my phone, no real light. Ill get better ones later.



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    Re: Parents just came into a new dog...! Need some advice

    If they know who the owner was, can they call and ask about her vaccine history? If not, it's best to assume she hasn't had any and start from scratch.

    The sores don't look tooo bad. . .probably a flea or food allergy. Decent food and flea control should clear that up, but do have the vet take a scraping to make sure it's not mange. With the newer meds, mange is pretty easy to treat, but it won't go away on its own so it's something to figure out right away.

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    Re: Parents just came into a new dog...! Need some advice

    All the vets I know will start from scratch with the vaccination schedule unless some sort of official paperwork is available. Its a long shot but you can try to contact the owner and ask if she has any paperwork? But I wouldn't bother . . . she obviously didn't care too much if she could leave her in a crate, in the sun, all weekend. ugh. people.

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    Re: Parents just came into a new dog...! Need some advice

    Well she's chipped so I assume wherever the lady got her from did that and maybe did the early on shots, but... well if the dog isn't even spayed I would be under the assumption that she didn't care enough to keep up with the routine shots and as +two has said she did leave her in a crate, in the sun, all weekend so that leads me even more to believe the dog wasn't cared for enough to be kept up to date on shots

    I'm sure the vet will just start from scratch.

    On a side note: Are you keeping the two dogs separated? Willowy mentioned mange, but you might want to make sure she doesn't have anything else before letting the two dogs play together (not to mention the whole not spayed thing). Otto and Little Man both had kennel cough when they came to me, but while Little Man (who is quite a few years older than Otto) came with it immediately following the dirty place he was born at, Otto's cough didn't show up for nearly two weeks after I'd gotten him home. I was told later by a vet that any dog I get in the future should probably be quarantined off from other animals for about two weeks so that anything bad has a chance to rear it's ugly head and not infect any of the other animals (these are shelter dogs for the record, not breeding dogs).

    Just a thought! Good luck with your pooch. I love Jack Russell's. They have a lot of energy but can be such loving little dogs, I adore them and their spunkyness.


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    Re: Parents just came into a new dog...! Need some advice

    thanks everyone! They called the old owners and they were told to come sign release forms, so hopefully they will ask about her history, either way I think we will get shots from scratch. I am pretty certain the dog is older than mine, but she is so in shock it's hard to tell by just her coat and what not.

    I called my jack russell rescue place where i got Mick and she was worried that chip+no spay could mean some kind of backyard breeding, I am hoping she is not pregnant. She also said she would love to take her if my parent's could not handle it, they are older and don't need to worry.

    My parents dog now is ignoring her, he is old and doesn't really play so between that and a good eye on them and his vaccinations will keep them safe for now, she should be getting to the vet asap.

    She did snap at my mom after she brushed her foot, so seems like it's a very sensitive area.

    My parents are new the good food eating thing, I just took her to tractor supply today and pretty much told her to just get TOTW, but what to look for in the ingredients in general. She saw sweet potato and was sold anyways
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    Re: Parents just came into a new dog...! Need some advice

    JK, another thing you can do instead of starting over is get titers to see what immunities she has.



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    Re: Parents just came into a new dog...! Need some advice

    Who can resist a sweet potato? I can't! Yes, I also hope she isn't pregnant, sounds like she has been through a rough enough time poor thing.
    JRTs are tough little dogs, but they do seem prone to itchy-scratchy syndrome.
    Jack gets itchy-scratchy syndrome at times. At first I thought it may be grains so I removed them from his diet. It didn't make a difference, but I've kept him on the TOTW anyways. I like him on the Pacific Stream- I figure those fish oils may help an old dog's joints.
    Last summer he got so bad that he chewed his toes bloody and scratched a big hole in his neck. It just seemed to happen overnight. The vet said it was a bad year for a lot of dogs, and 1/2 tab of Benedryl helped him. It was also the first year in a long time that we had to treat for fleas. Not sure if that started it, or whether it was pollens or something else.
    I am home with him all day, so I managed to keep him with me at all times to keep his feet bandaged until healed. About 4 times a day he managed to get them off, and I'd clean and dress again. Bitter spray had no effect on him. We almost resorted to the cone. It was a rough month, but I got him healed up. Jack's Daddy says he can't believe that I managed to out-stubborn a terrier. lol
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    Re: Parents just came into a new dog...! Need some advice

    I hear you! Bandages have got to be one of the hardest temp things for a terrier to go through.

    Seems as though my mom just didn't have the heart at first to tell me that they could not really handle making an effort with her. Thankfully, the place I got my JRT has a spot for her at their JRT rescue, so after she is spayed tomorrow she will make the transition over there after Friday. I can't imagine how hard it is to run a rescue, when I called her again she had just picked up 8 dogs, and in this heat she sounded very frustrated and wanted me to get to the point. I know I am doing the right thing though, because she takes good care of them, has a great yard and a great rescue rate, and her being a little bean will get her picked up in no time.
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    Re: Parents just came into a new dog...! Need some advice

    My old man JRT used to have REALLY BAD allergies. He had been on shots to help him deal with it since he was a baby. His eyes would turn purple-ish and he'd get really itchy, especially on his back. When he was a puppy he tore off a good portion of his fur on his back and tail and it never grew back on his tail.

    I'm glad that she has a place to stay after tomorrow and might I just say, what a great face she does have. She's very pretty.


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    Re: Parents just came into a new dog...! Need some advice

    I guess just because we haven't had any allergy issues I was super nervous it was something terrible because she was just left out. She is quite the lady.

    Any advice on post spay comfort? We have an empty room upstairs I was going to put her crate in, but I feel like I should keep an eye on her, so maybe move my guy up there and keep her down here.
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    Re: Parents just came into a new dog...! Need some advice

    I've never had a female dog, but as far as my boys went I kept an eye on them like a hawk because of the stitches. A lot of times the vet will want you to cone their heads to keep them away from the stitches and so you may not even be able to fit her in a crate with that on.

    They'll probably give you some pain medication for her and she should be fine in a few days or so, maybe a bit sore for a bit. Otto was sore the next day, I gave him the pain pill and the day after that he was up and walking around with no issues. However, that's a boy and they're just doing a small snip; with a girl its full on surgery so she'll probably have a longer recovery time.


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    Re: Parents just came into a new dog...! Need some advice

    The girls I've had spayed were all good about leaving their incision alone. You can put a little Cortisone cream on the shaved skin making sure you don't get it on/near the actual incision, if it seems itchy to her. You can have her out of the crate if she leaves the other dog alone, and she'll lay quietly near you. I wouldn't climb stairs, roughhouse with another dog or let her jump on furniture, but easy 5 min walks outside to potty would be fine.
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