Papillon Kisses

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  1. The first thing I thought was Canine Cognitive Dysfuntion (doggy dementia) too. The thing is that it's a progressive disease that presents differently in each dog, so you may only see a symptom or two to start and not ever see the whole gamut of behaviours that you read about. So you're seeing crying, confusion/distress, some repetitive behaviours and nighttime anxiety. Other symptoms may or may not come in time. The timing is interesting, but it is common for dementia patients to be anxious and have increased confusion at nighttime. If you think it's diet or GI related, perhaps you could try a different hypoallergenic prescription diet and/or see an internal medicine specialist. Does eating at different times produce the same effect? Perhaps that might give an indication. Ask your vet. How long has she been on Seleginine? It's my understanding that with meds like these it can take some time to see whether medications like these are working, as in weeks or months. Early on you can get an indication of benefit but not the full impact. There are other medications that you could try too if Seleginine doesn't seem to be helping enough, though the positive things you are seeing are great. The thing is that it's not a one-size-fits-all sort of a disease... an absence of the amount of progress you'd prefer doesn't mean the diagnosis is necessarily wrong (if they thought has crossed your mind). I would highly recommend consulting a veterinary behaviourist. That's a vet with additional qualifications in behaviour, kind of like a psychiatrist. They also rule out illnesses that masquerade as behaviour issues. Some calming things that may help at night: - a crate that's dark and decked out with comfy blankets etc. Not to lock her in at all, just as a den. - a thundershirt or other body wrap - Through A Dog's Ear: Music to calm your canine companion. I use the albums with my dog and they really do work! There are even specific ones for geriatric dogs dealing with brain problems). - Adaptil diffuser or collar Please don't give any calming/anxiety treats or supplements without consulting a vet. They can interact dangerously with prescription medications, negating their effects or causing worsening illness. I'm so sorry that you're going through this. Seeing our pets in distress is a awful.
  2. @Scottsmum advised me that the below photo belongs in this thread. She's probably right. So here's Malcolm looking like he's been caught showing off his puppies in a makeshift strapless dress. You are welcome.
  3. Sadly I suspect you'll still have people acting inappropriately. I've thought about the yellow nervous or no dogs gear for Malcolm and decided people would probably just come closer to read it and in any case the vast majority of owners of 'friendly' dogs don't listen anyway. They'd probably see it as an invitation to come over and help. *eye roll* Just yesterday I had someone say "don't worry mine's friendly" to which I said "mine's not, I'm going over here (walked off) please stay away." So he proceeded to let his beagle walk all the way over to mine. It was even on a leash so he had full control! Anyway Mal was a superstar and just sat and maintained perfect focus on me while I told him he was a very clever boy and rapid fed him treats.
  4. Non-horse person here. I didn't know, however I never walk anywhere near the rear end of horses as I act on the assumption that any horse will kick and I don't know how to read their body language. It's like not taking a toy or food away from an unknown dog. One time in Tassie we were walking through a field on a property and all of a sudden a big herd of horses (maybe 20?) just descended on me out of nowhere. They weren't at all interested in my husband, just super fascinated by me or maybe thought I had something for them? I don't know. It felt kind of special but with my limited understanding of horses I decided it was properly safest to 'be a tree' even though they were nuzzling into me.
  5. Thanks SM.
  6. I find myself dearly missing a sweet little dog I've never met.
  7. Agreed. And Phyl, it may also make people wary, as it may come across that you have not properly considered whether a particular dog or breed is right for you and that's not good for the dog. You are making an important decision about a family member that will hopefully be with you for 10 years or so. Be patient. Not all dogs are the same, so even if you find one it may not be appropriate for you. Remember the dog's needs should come first not yours. Also the problem you had with your male cat was a behaviour issue specific to that particular cat. It does not transfer to dogs in general or boy dogs specifically. The only times my boy dog has urinated in the house has been when he's had a urinary tract infection. He has never marked in the house.
  8. What a sweetheart.
  9. YAY!!!!
  10. Thanks SeeEmArgh. My boy LOVES his Greenies. They are his reward for teeth brushing, which I know sounds counter intuitive but he needs a big reward/incentive for his bravery. Sorry just saw this. I'm not sure. An individual rib would be quite small, which could be dangerous? Most vets if recommending bones (many don't, especially dental specialists) recommend that you get a meaty one that is at least the size of the dog's head and the aim is to have the dog tear the meat off it not actually eat the bone. Others recommend chicken wings for the smaller set. Tooth brushing is the gold standard of dental care and doesn't carry the risk of obstructions or fractured teeth.
  11. Thank you! Reading the FB post it looks like it's been confirmed that it is George!
  12. LOVE Boomerang Tags. Such excellent quality. I have the hard plastic one.
  14. Message from ARH Homebush NSW VIDEOS OF DOG: (please share/tag on FB) ETA He has congestive heart failure.