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bons

This question is related to: Eddi the Patterdale dog

Age:About 2
Gender:Male
Neutered:Yes
Weight:8.5 kg
Vaccination History:Not sure
Fed On:Wainwrights
Kept:House dog

Cuts on paws 2

I just wanted to give information on this dog, but the post was too long for one question.We rescued this Patterdale 4 months ago, (We didn't realise his breed and was assured by the Rescue Centre that we would be able to take him camping, we were naive and should have done our research) he couldn't eat without it passing through him like a dose of salts,in the house or out of it - defecating in the house started after about 3 weeks.At this time he started vomiting and urinating when we left him. He is totally reactive with other dogs on his lead, not when he is in a controlled environment off lead with other dogs.
I'm trying to keep him out of the vet as he is costing us a fortune, he's been to the vet 3 times since we've had him, seen two dog trainers one on one and classes, despite being told that he had full vaccinations he hadn't, so more cost. Two trainers have told us he will be very difficult to train and we should consider if he is the right do for us. Walks are a nightmare as we have to avoid other dogs.

13/2/18

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Martina Stuart

They are difficult to train and manage especially around any other dogs. And even harder to retrain.
It seems that it is time to consider if an ongoing relationship is sensible for you both and 4 the dog.

14/2/18

blondie85

I'm really sorry to butt in and if I am out of line but I have similar problems with my dog and read this rather than ask the same question. He's reactive too and will lunge, bark, snap at passing dogs and people. He scrapped part of his paw off so I will use the salt water! But I felt so down and alone until some one recommended Reactive Dogs Uk on facebook. If you keep Eddie, consider this group as it will help and support you.

11/4/18

Martina Stuart

Thanks.
Do we have an update

11/4/18

bons

Sorry just seen this as Eddi has a closed eye, on a Friday when he vets are closed until Sunday typical!

I am not there with Eddi but he is making good progress. I found something called CARE and have been following a programme of distracting him by saying 'find it' and tossing him a treat. I had to do this at home first and gradually he has responded on walks. He will still bark if a dog is in his threshold but that has reduced. I took him to the park yesterday and he only barked once and whimpered a couple of times. We were there for Half an hour.

WE still have a way t go with him, but he is a loving loyal dog and has been worth the hassle.

Back to his eye, should I bathe it with saline until Monday or should I see an emergency vet? It's not bothering him 100% of the time, but he his wetting his paw and trying to clear it.

29/6/18

bons

Thanks Blondie, I will give it a go.

29/6/18

Chicco

This is interesting reading and how wonderful that you have stuck with this little guy Bons. I totally endorse the Reactive Dogs Uk on facebook and also the CARE and sounds like you are doing wonderfully.

I don't know whether the peeing and pooing in the house has stopped but this is separation anxiety in its worst form but I bet you've realised that anyway.

Not good that he was not fully vaccinated but wonder whether he was fully done as far as the rescue was concerned as some vets nowadays like a third vaccine on the first set and would term the two as needing more. Personally I wouldn't. However I am disappointed that the rescue centre didn't give you a full detailed description of what this dog was like although if kept in kennels they might not have known about a lot of it.

Do hope his eye is better soon. I wouldn't advise on that other than to say if I saw one inclination of cloudiness then I'd go to the vets sooner rather than later.

30/6/18

Martina Stuart

I always regard eye injuries and infections as emergencies probably because I know from personal experience how painful incapacitating and serious the can be. Bathe as often as you can (hourly) with a dilute salt solution (1 teaspoonful of salt in a pint of boiled water at body temperature )
If he is stil not opening his eye to reveal a bright shiny clean clear cornea then don’t feed him and get him to a vet this morning.
Also consider getting him insured for future vets fees.
Vets fees may seem expensive but comparing them to a private doctor or a solicitor may help you appreciate them as good value!
Good luck. Please keep us informed.

30/6/18

bons

Thanks for your reply Chicco. He is fully vaccinated now and has a pet passport. Our other dog, a Beagle, she sadly died two years ago at the age of about 15 give or take, we rescued her off the streets of America, came everywhere with us. Not sure about this little chap yet but we're trying him camping next week. Peeing and pooing has stopped now except for the odd bout of diarrhea. He does eat a lot of grass when he is anxious, for instance, if he passes a dog and doesn't bark, he manically eats grass. He does this at other times when he is stressed. He is a wound up little dog, but he is s much more relaxed now. it's exactly 9 months since we adopted him, he's about two and a half now.

As for his eye, it is opening a bit this morning, I'll try and get a look at it properly, I checked, my vet is open until 12.30 today, so I don't need to panic.

30/6/18

bons

Thanks for your comments Martina. He closes his eye tight as soon as I try to look at it. I'll call the vet and take him if needed, I don't feel confident enough to say that his eye is OK. He does stick his head into bushes and he tries to get bees. He may have been stung.

30/6/18

bons

Well, I took him for a walk and he was bounding around like the two year old he is as soon as he saw the lead. So much for him moping around. His eye didn't bother him at all on the walk and is now fully open and functioning. I called the vet when they opened and they suggested it could be an allergy and if his eye is opening maybe they don't need to see him. They confirmed bathing with a saline solution if it gets bad again and to bring him in on Monday if it becomes a problem again. Of course,I can always go down the emergency route if needed.

30/6/18

Martina Stuart

Relieved it sounds to be getting better. Just check that the corners of the affected eye is as bright and shiny as the cornea of the other eye and that there is no cloudy patches on it or excess redness around the edges.

3/7/18

bons

Thanks Martina, I've checked all of that and he's fine. I think he must have been stung by a nettle.

14/7/18

Martina Stuart

Thanks for the update. Quite likely I was thinking sting of some sort

14/7/18

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