Adoption Fees: Hospice Pug
Adoption Status: Successful Adoption
June 19, 2023 – Butters was euthanized this morning as his quality of life failed in the past months. He was having chronic UTI and had almost completely lost the usage of his hind legs. We have made the very hard decision to let him go, he was surrounded with his loving foster mum.
March 6, 2023 – Butters has had a difficult winter and at times we’ve questioned if it was closer to his time to cross the rainbow bridge. We noticed he was more anxious and panting again, as well as drinking and peeing a lot. His thyroid levels had increased again, so his medications were adjusted. That adjustment did help normalize his levels and improved his symptoms. The other issue has been worsening myelopathy. His back end function has deteriorated and he does require assistance outside and at times around the house. He has had increased stool and urinary incontinence that goes along with this progression. Despite these things, he loves playing with his puppy pal who he lives with, enjoys his food, and loves lying at my feet. I still feel he has quality of life when I watch him, but I keep a close eye to make sure he isn’t uncomfortable. It is always a difficult decision to make, but we have been lucky to have Butters with us for almost two years, and feel we will know and he will tell us when it is time.
August 5, 2022 – Butters has been enjoying the summer so far. Relaxing at home in the yard, going for short strolls, and having spa vacations at Casa Donnie. His thyroid has been stable with medications. His back end has been giving him more trouble at times especially when more active. He needs help getting up the two deck steps in the yard now. He continues to have a good appetite. His food was recently switched and we have found he is pooping inside less often now. Overall he remains his happy self with his teddy bear face and perfect tail curl
June 13, 2022 – Bring on the sunshine! Butters is loving lounging in the backyard now that milder temps are here. Sometimes he will bark at little critters passing by while he watches from inside the patio doors. He is moulting these days. There are tufts of hair everywhere, but such is the pug life! He sailed through his dental surgery and has been feeling pretty well overall. His appetite is good and he is still hopeful that the toddler might drop scraps.
May 4, 2022 – Bring on the sunshine! Butters is loving lounging in the backyard now that milder temps are here. Sometimes, he will bark at little critters passing by while he watches from inside the patio doors. Butters sailed through his dental surgery and has been feeling pretty well overall. His appetite is good and he is still hopeful that the toddler might drop scraps. Butters continues to have good and bad days with his hind end. He remains on Metacam for comfort. He still has bowel movements in his bed overnight, but we try to keep on top of things during the day. This sweet guy is just enjoying life day by day currently. I will be sure to take some photos outside on the next sunny day
February 14, 2022 – Butters has been holding his own for the most part, but we have needed to adjust his thyroid medications to keep his levels in control. He is booked for dental surgery on February 23. Otherwise he keeps a fairly quiet lifestyle – relaxing most of the day. He enjoys napping, getting pets and occasionally barking at things passing by in the backyard.
October 12, 2021 – Butters has been enjoying our day to day routine and feels at home here. He enjoys short walks around the neighborhood and romps in the backyard. He is very gentle with everyone and my infant daughter adores him. She is even trying to say Butters. He gets a bit anxious if his routine is thrown off, but this has improved overall thanks to his medications. We have been increasing his dose of thyroid medications and have started seeing some improvement in the numbers.
June 29, 2021 – Butters is currently finishing up a second antibiotic for an ear infection, and his ears look good on recheck. Unfortunately his thyroid levels are still very high with his most recent blood work. He enjoys bring active, but is limited by his weak hind end. He is able to zip around the yard and go on short walks, but is unable to go up stairs (more than 1 or 2). We have done a trial of Metacam to ensure he is comfortable. He has a good appetite and is eager to eat at mealtimes. He is doing well on his W/D kibbles. He drinks more than average and requires more frequent trips outside. He still struggles with bowel incontinence, but we just clean up and carry on. He is less fond of going outside in the rain – typical pug in that way! He is a sweet pug with a kind heart, and he is a pleasure to have in our home.
June 9, 2021 – Butters has really settled well into our routine here. He loves being around people and relaxing at their feet. He still remains quite attached to me in particular. He has a funny and cute habit of gathering my shoes in his bed to cuddle with. He does not damage the shoes at all. Currently I count 4 of my shoes in the dog bed (no one else’s shoes – just mine). Butters has done well with his transition to a weight management diet. He does not feel his bowel movements until they are happening. During the day, I can often tell the signs and whisk him outside, but he will frequently be incontinent overnight. There will be a trail starting at his bed and going to the door, as he does not have warning. Butters still has some anxiety with traveling, but has done much better with his last few trips. He is good in the car, but his breathing does become quite laboured. If we blast the a/c and keep him close to us, he does fine in the car. I feel he has lost weight as I did tighten his harness. He went to the vet to have his blood work repeated today and we will know the results in a few days.
He dribbles intermittently and was soaked through in the morning. He is unable to lift his legs to urinate, so will stand or walk and pee.