Our dog is 16 months old. In January, she started scooting around so we took her to the vet. Her anal glands were full and she did have an infection. He gave us some antibiotics and expressed the glands. About 3 weeks later, she still had the issues and was nibbling at her bottom constantly - a re-check showed she still had the infection, so they infused antibiotics into her glands, and gave us another oral antibiotic. At that point, she told us we may have to consider surgery to remove the glands. At our recheck 3 wks later, it still showed infection, so she gave us one more antibiotic to try for 2 weeks. It's been one week on them, and she is still nibbling at her bottom. We've changed her food from Purina Pro Plan to Wellness Core to try to give her a higher quality food a week ago also, and have added pumpkin to her meals, in hopes that larger/firmer stool will clear out her glands. I'm concerned that she is still having issues after a week on the pills. How long would food take to help? Should we be asking for different antibiotics (we've tried 3 already)? I really feel like surgery should be a last effort after we've exhausted all possibilities due to the possible complications of it - does anyone have any experience with this or the surgery itself? She's only a year old, this is the first issue we've had with her, but the infection just isn't going away for the last month and a half. View Thread
Our 8 year old domestic short hair recently started having small pieces of poop or streaks of poop left on her butt to the point where we have to try to get them/wipe off her butt. She is going to the vet for annual shots in the next 2 months, but I thought I would ask first if this can be related to her diet? She currently eats dry food, and the same brand for years, Blue Buffalo hairball care.
Is she missing something in her diet, or is this a sign of something more serious?View Thread
Our dog has been suffering from allergies for months - constantly scratching to the point of blood and dive bombing his face into things! We decided to get an allergy test done, and it confirmed that he is allergic to ragweed, dust mites, and storage mites. The vet has recommended we give him the year around allergy shots, because these are both indoor and outdoor allergies - and it is safer than the steroids he was placed on until we got the results. My question is - is it common for dogs to be put on allergy shots for these types of allergies? I feel like there is something more we could do, but want to do what's best for our dog. Has anyone had success with these shots? We will definitely talk more with our vet at our appointment, but we just wanted to get some second opinions. View Thread
Thank you for the info. Our vet did an allergy test today, and it takes a month for the results, so in the mean time he put our pup on a steroid to help his discomfort until we get the results. He also put him on an antibiotic for his eyes/face. Hopefully we get some answers!View Thread
Our 2yr old dog had mild allergies last November and he chewed on his paws constantly. Benadryl didn't work for him, so the vet gave him Chlorpheniramine and that seemed to help him. At this time, we also put him on a natural grain free diet. A blood test showed slightly elevated white blood cells which the vet said suggested allergies. All seemed fine until a couple months ago. The chewing on paws has also progressed into violently scratching his face to the point where he will bleed. He has lost almost all hair around his eyes, and now his eyes water with a puss-like substance. The vet put him on hydroxine a few weeks ago, and that only helps a little -it's stopping him from slamming into things because he's so itchy, but he is still scratchy and looks horrible. The next step is allergy testing, which is expensive as is the shots to whatever he may be allergic to. Has anyone had success with supplements that help allergies? There has to be more we can try before we subcomb to the testing.View Thread
Thanks for the advice, all of which makes sense. We do take him for daily walks, sometimes 2. If we take him out to play, he'll play for like 2 minutes and want to go in the house. He hates being outside - I don't know if this was because he was a stray as a puppy or what. He also sleeps a lot...and is always hungry, which made me think something was going on with him, but blood tests said everything was fine. We are looking for behaviorist recommendations in the area to help us get back on the right track with him, and I think I will look into BAER testing in our area just so we know HOW deaf he really is, but I don't think they do that close by.
We do work on what we've learned at class, and we practice the "Nothing in Life is Free". Recently, I've taken over the feeding role from my fiance, and he does seem more responsive to me now as well. I just make sure to make it known that I am in the room before I approach him, as not to scare him.View Thread
90% of the time he is a great dog - is it really possible the other 10% weird occurences are something neurological? I will definitely be looking for a specialist in our area. He's an incredibly smart dog, but I can't fully trust him. My fiance thinks that I'm crazy and there's nothing wrong with him...but I don't think his aggressive outburts, although few and far between, and his jumpiness/anxiousness are normal.View Thread
Ive been trying to find a certified behaviorist or behavioral vet for us to meet with, but there doesnt seem to be any in wi. About a year ago i did step on hin while he was asleep under the couch, not knowing he was there. He was jumpy before that, but im sure it didnt help. Now whenever i enter a room, i make sure he knows im coming. Also, we did think at one point he had a seizure from a busy bone, and the vet did bloodwork and nothing else abnormal came up except for elevated white blood cells which he said were due to allergies. Does neuro testing need to be done by a special vet? I fear my vet isnt as high tec as when we mentioned his hearing issues their test was snapping fingers when he was looking!View Thread
Our 2yr old Collie/Aussie mix is exhibiting unpredictable aggressive behavior. He normally would only guard/get aggressive with human food items he gets (he bit my dad for taking a peanut butter jar away), but more recently he's become unpredictable. Reading articles on here, it sounds like social aggression. One time, I went to kiss him goodnight like usual, and he started growling at me so I jumped off the couch - and he ran to his dad like "what just happened". We've almost tripped over him, and he jumped and growled on me. More recently, I've been trying to desensitize him by giving him treats if we touch him while he's on the floor. He was sitting on the chair, looking at me, and I went to tap the chair and give him a high value treat...and without warning he jumped up and bit me pretty good. We've been through training classes and had people to the house. Any advice would be great. He is partially deaf, and sometimes he just stares off into space and then gets startled when we come near him, like he forgot we were there. Could his anxiety be medical? We've had him almost two years, and it's just been getting worse. We don't want to get rid of him, he's part of the family, but I'm also afraid he will hurt someone badly.View Thread
Our 1 1/2 yr old Aussie mix is constantly hungry. He counter surfs and will beg and bark at you if you have food. This has been going on his whole life, he's obsessed with food. He's become more aggressive with special treats, but not his normal food. The other day, he growled and snapped at us when we tried to take away a broken piece of nylabone. Also, he's been chewing on his paws constantly, and they are red and have some bumps. The vet said a couple months ago that it was likely allergies and to give him benadryl, that hasn't helped.
The weirdest behavior started in the last couple of days. My fiance and I were out of town, so my parents were watching him, like they always do. They said that he would wake up and snap behind him, like something was bothering him or even like he was "possessed", he'd be snapping at nothing. He'd just kinda freak out and stare around. He also growled and snarled at them for no reason. Our dog usually has a dominant behavior, but nothing like this. My parents were actually afraid of what he might do. We know he can be treat aggressive, but this was totally different.
I'm not sure if he has an increased drinking, but he does drink a lot of water at one time. I think we will take him to a vet, but last time they just told us that some dogs do have an increased appetite, and I'm thinking we may have to take him to a better vet. Does this sound like it could be Cushings, or some other type of disease? We don't want him hurting anyone, but it also breaks our hearts to think of getting rid of him. We just hope it's something physical that can be cured. He's incredibly smart, and we've been taking him to obedience classes to help with his dominant behaviors.View Thread