When Spud first came to us it soon became evident that he had a water infection. As well as passing blood and urinating constantly, Spud was a thoroughly unhappy and grumpy little man. Thankfully his UTI was diagnosed and treated with antibiotics. Spud was also found to have struvite crystals and was therefore put on a short course of specialist urinary food which seems to have done the trick as his latest urine sample is clear, with no remaining crystals.
Spud is desperate to be loved and cuddled, he is crate trained and is reliably dry now – letting himself through the dog flap if he needs to go into the garden to relieve himself.
Spud seems to be very timid around humans and time is therefore needed to build his trust. There have been a few incidents of him nipping without warning, but as his health has improved he is starting to growl first to let you know he would prefer a little space.
Grooming has been hard for him and he still has some matting around his eyes and feet that he is reluctant for his foster-mum to touch, but he is slowly getting used to having his face washed and his fur cleaned with wipes and brushes. Again we think this will improve and become easier to maintain as his confidence and trust grows.
Despite living with cats in his previous home, Spud does sometimes react to his foster family’s cats (who aren’t dog savvy) so we think a cat-free home would be best to minimise any issues in his forever home. He can also be quite vocal to dogs on his walks, though his focus can be redirected fairly easily.
Spud came to us with another dog but unfortunately they have been continuously batting and we have therefore made the decision to split them as we believe he would be happiest as an only dog where he can receive all the cuddles and attention.
Spud is an eight-year-old shih tzu.