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Teri asks...This question is about:
What nutrients could be missing from our dog's diet if he is eating bark and chewing paper. He has always liked to chew sticks but now at 5 years old he has started chewing paper and eating tree bark. He is on a diet of natural balance venison and sweet potato because of ear infections. He also has a pancreas disorder and is on pancrea plus which we just increased because he is loosing weight, so much that his backbone and ribs were sticking out. The vet suggested to increase his medicine. We are vegans so he does not get animal product handouts or milk products. I did just start giving him one egg a day per one of the 3 vets we have taken him to in the process of trying to make him healthy again. He is about 54 lbs. and in July he was 68 lbs. We went vegan in May so I attribute some weight loss to no longer getting animal product people food hand outs. He used to get a lot of people food hand outs. After we changed to the vegan diet is really when the tree bark chewing started. It looks like we have a beaver in our yard! None of the vets (3 different ones) have be en able to tell me what nutrients he may be lacking. We love our dog dearly but if you didn't know us and saw our dog you would thing we are purposely starving him. I hope you have some suggestions. Thank you so much for your assistance! We are at our wits end worrying about his health. More background info - before he was finally diagnosed at 1 year old with the pancreas disorder, he WAS starving to death. He went from 75/80 lbs. to 53ish lbs. Days before his vital organs shut down we found a vet who diagnosed him. Our previous vet tried, but just didn't know. That is why we are so concerned at this time. We are hurting him by not providing the nutrients that he requires, but we don't know what they are. In November-ish is when we put him on the sweet potato and venison dog food because he had a constant severe right ear infections. The dog food has helped his ear. It is still gooey but not disgusting and stinky. Sorry for rambling! Thought you needed all the facts since he is health-challenged. Again, thank yo for your assistance!
Kylynn asks...This question is about:
I wouldn't consider my dog to be aggressive but he's very timid and frightened toward almost everyone except people he's very close to. He will run away if certain people even talk to him. He also really doesn't like men. He won't even let my dad near him and he sees him everyday. I've raised him since he was puppy and he has been well socialized. He has nipped at a man he didn't know once because he didn't know he was there and it scared him. He also nipped at a child that tried to pet him and he's been around him since the day we got him. I also have another male dog and about a week ago they got into a fight and it almost killed my little beagle. We have discussed getting him neutered with our vet but he doesn't think it will help much. If we cannot figure something out with his behavior I'm worried he may end hurting someone. Any advice on what I can do to help? rnThanks, rnKyLynn Buchanan
Lind asks...This question is about:
my dog is a really smart dog.He has been through his first obedient class and did great,he really knows his commands,the only problem i have is that he is a barker and of course anything that is moving fast by him he barks.I have tried several things the trainers suggested and he is a stubborn boy.This is not the first sheltie i have had as a matter of fact he is my sixth and i love these dogs.I know he is young and should work on this now.I work at an assisted living with alhiemers people and he loves them and they love him,its just his barking,can you help me. Thank you Linda
Nina asks...This question is about:
My puppy sometimes has accidents but is mainly house trained. That being said he often pees a little in the house when he knows we are about to go out (showing him the leash, etc). I say NO! And tap his nose but he doesn't seem to get it. What can I do about this?
Amy asks...This question is about:
I have a 65 lb GD who is very friendly and a Mama's boy. He went through puppy obedience school at about 9 mos., and did well except for the long sit/stay. When I walk him he is good until he sees another dog. He is excited, pulls, yips, and is hard to control. I generally use a Sporn harness so he won't choke himself. I'm not sure what I should do to get him more calm around other dogs.