Some noises can just drive us batty...licking is definitely one of them. Suspecting that your dog may have an allergic component to the paw licking is definitely logical. There are times when a trial of different antihistamines are needed ... what works for one pet may not be effective for another. It is also important that the appropriate dose and given at the prescribed frequency is adhered to or else you are setting yourself and the pet up for treatment failure.
Besides allergies, the pet could have a fungal infection secondary to the licking and anthistamines are not going to fix that problem. It is also possible that your pet has a problem with a joint (arthritis) and is licking the paws/joints because of pain. As you can see, there are several possible scenarios as to why your pet is licking its paws. Even a seizure disorder has to be considered since you mentioned it is licking the air.
I would strongly recommend that you make an appointment for your Pug to be examined by your veterinarian and follow his/her recommendations for care.
You are a very caring person to adopt and care for this senior pet, especially with all of her issues.
Please do not give your dog aspirin without your veterinarian's direct supervision. It can be toxic. There are medications that can assist the heart in working as efficiently as possible as long as possible but they need to be closely monitored and prescribed on a very individual basis. A cardiac workup is best...not just the determination of a murmur. An EKG, chest x-ray, blood pressure monitoring and possibly an ultrasound of the heart may be needed.
I know this sounds like a major investment in a dog that you didn't even want and it is. You and your veterinarian need to decide together what is best for you and your new dog.
You may decide to keep her comfortable until such time as the quality of her life no longer is acceptable.
Just like people, some dogs are home bodies. Your attempts to slowly entice your dog outside and make it a positive experience is perfect. Keep up your efforts. While on your walks, ask folks you meet to offer your dog a special treat and have this be the only time he gets a treat. He should then associate walks with people and treats!
Be sure that your pet is in good health and doesn't have any joint issues that may make it uncomfortable for your dog to go for a walk...if you CKC has not had a thorough physical exam, this would be a perfect reason to have him checked out.View Thread
It sounds as though you and your dog have had a very close relationship that is now being challenged by the presence of your husband and his dogs. You are correct. Being a heeler can make him genetically try to corral and herd the other dogs.
It sounds as though your dog may be jealous of your relationship with your husband. Having the dog sleep on the floor or in a kennel would be a good first step. Try having your husband be the only one to feed your dog...husband equals food which boosts the fondness level. Don't put yourself or your spouse in harms way. Let the dog know that when he behaves in a less than friendly manner that it is unacceptable. Rather than stress the negative, every time he is friendly towards your husband praise her and reward her.
I am concerned that the change in behavior may indicate an underlying medical issue...are her ears bothersome,,,does she have a bad tooth? Please make an appointment to have her examined by your veterinarian. If all checks out normally, she may need the services of a board certified veterinary behaviorist.
It is awesome that you adopted two kittens but alas, your senior cat may never agree with you. Not pushing the issue is important. It may take weeks, months or never for her whiskers to get 'unbent'. If she prefers to have her own private suite in the home, your bedroom, perfect. She should have a litter box, food and water all available to her in that room. Let her roam the house as she desires but don't force her. You and the family can give her extra loving in your bedroom. It is important that the kittens are kept current on their vaccinations so as not to introduce potential diseases to your resident senior cat. A homeopathic product I will occassionally use is Bach Rescue Remedy. They have a liquid form that can be found at health food stores and on line. I have applied a few drops to the inside of their ears 2 to 3 times a day for a week or so. It is calming without being sedating...yes, it does get absorbed through the skin of the ears. Be patient...continue to show your resident kitty that she is well loved and give it some more time. Best of luck....View Thread
What a perplexing situation. Would have to wonder if something happened while he was in the run that severely frightened him and now he relates that terror to the run. I would first be sure that there are no covert medical conditions that may be contributing to the situation...take him to your veterinarian for a thorough physical exam and possibly some blood and urine testing. If the results are normal, you could try mounting a video recording device outside the run to monitor what sets him off, how soon it occurs after his is placed in the run and the interaction with the other dog. He may need some calming medications and/or a consult with a board certified veterinary behaviorist. I hope this helps. I would recommend that you seek professional attention soon before this poor boy hurts himself further.View Thread
The size of the pet would be a determining factor in trying to design an alternative to the couch. You may need to consider rearranging the furniture so a sturdier piece of less expensive furniture is positioned next to the window.View Thread
Sorry to hear that your pet is uncomfortable. Would wonder if this was the first time that you had used Vectra or have you used it in the past with a similar response? I have seen pets that get a 'skin crawl' shortly after a topical flea treatment is applied. It is not the active ingredients that seem to bother them but rather the liquid that moved the treatment over the skin. Washing it off is best. Check the skin for signs of irritation. Seek professional veterinary assistance if signs of skin irritation are present or if the twitching persists. Smaller breeds seem to be more sensitive than larger ones. For future flea control, you may need to consider an oral product such as Comfortis. I hope this helps.....View Thread
You are fabulous for adopting a shelter pup. Wow, it sounds as though you are doing everything correctly...outside frequently, no scolding, positive reinfrorecemt, restricted access to the home...now what. I would be sure that there are no internal parasites. Even if his stool appears normal, there is a chance of internal parasites. If a sample has not been checked, take a sample to your veterinarian. When you aren't home to take him out every hour on the hour, how long is he confined in his room. Often it is recommended that a young dog be left alone for 1 hour per month plus 1...at 7 months, he should be able to 'hold it' for 7 hours, but we are all so different. You may need to make his private suite even smaller, so he is less inclined to soil in the room. If it is too big, he can merely go in the other corner and not have to live next to it....try the crate again. If worse comes to worse, there are indoor pet elimination products that are basically a plastic tray with artificial turf...he poops on that rather than the floor. Patience and persistence...best of luck.View Thread
How very sweet of you to care for the stray kitty. Your resident cats seem not to share your kind hearted philosophy. Cats love routine and the newcomer was viewed as a threat. Introducing novel items or pets can be distressing and if your two cats were in proximity to each other at the time of introduction, they may have inappropriately reassigned their fear and distrust onto the other cat. You may need to separate them for a period of time, then slowly reintroduce them to each other. Sniffing each other under the door and giving them separate love and attention can help to defuse the anxiety. Try using the calming pheremone product "Feliway" as plug ins around the house. I product that I have successfully used when bringing a new kitten into the home is a human liquid homeopathic product called Bach -Rescue Remedy. You can put a few drops onto your finger and rub it onto inside of the ear flaps. This can be done 2 to 3 times per day. I hope this helps....be patient.View Thread