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Old 08-15-2015, 07:09 PM
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Honey is 5.5 years old now and she was attacked when she was about 6 months old and more recently she got biffed on the head by springer spaniels on several occasions. So she barks at other dogs because she is scared of them. I now live in a seperate annexe and mum lives in the main house with Patch who honey is fine with but they ignore each other.

Honey has had a recent second bout of illness which sent her to the specialists again and they think she has ibd and each time she also had pancreatitis (plus an undiagnosed growth on her bladder that doesn't seem to be a tumour or growing). She is on a kibble only because it is all she can tolerate and has gained back the weight but she doesn't really play and she goes for walks but won't walk the whole thing, and she has forgotten any training and basically just sleeps a lot. She comes and licks me then goes back to bed after a couple of minutes. In the morning she has a wee then breakfast then in bed without greeting me. Does anyone know if this is normal?

I also wonder how best to socialise her more? I did consider getting another dog when i moved in here but i'm not sure she would like it how she is now
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Old 08-15-2015, 07:16 PM
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It is hard to say if that is normal or not. Some dogs are self contained, or just plain lazy, or she could be depressed and in pain.
Did she act differently before the illness?
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What does the vet say? It sounds as if she is in pain, and just doesn't want to interact with anyone/thing. If vet says everything is OK with the pancreatitis and the IBD, then maybe a little carrier and a visit to a pet store?? Hope everything is OK.
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The last check up they said everything was going okay. Yes she was just a year and a half ago eating chews a lot and played fetch with toys and was on my lap almost all the time. I just wonder whether ibd causes chronic fatigue or something? Before she went to the specialists in april she would just sleep and shake and i often couldn't rouse her but she isn't like that now, except if she has had a wee in the evening sometime then when i go to bed she often won't even look up from her bed let alone go outside again, but that may be unrelated.
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You mentioned pancreatitis-have you checked her blood sugar?
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Yes I'm pretty sure they checked all that
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You mentioned pancreatitis-have you checked her blood sugar?
Yeah, it is important they check blood sugar.

I had a Miniature Pinscher. She passed away at 15 years of age back in February of this year. She was a long-time, insulin-dependent diabetic who had a VERY severe case of pancreatitis - it nearly killed her. And that is not a dramatic, exaggerated statement. She was on IV and IV injected narcotics for five days and then spent another week recuperating in her crate because she was so weak. It took her months to fully recover.

Needless to say, I have some experience with pancreatitis, diabetes etc, in dogs.

Point is, they are often linked...diabetes and pancreatitis.

Also some things to avoid a pancreatitis reoccurrence are.....NO pork. NONE! And very, very low fat diet. After my Bella got pancreatitis I ensured her food was extremely low fat. I fed her a home-made diet of chicken, rice, and veggies with some fruits occasionally thrown in. Once I became severely strict with her diet, with regard to fat, she never had another bout of pancreatitis.

Anyway, just some things to think about to help your poor little one.
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She seems suddenly loads better! I took her to the beach on sunday and monday because we had people staying with their dog. Also she has been eating loads the last few days, the amount for a dog over twice her size, and now weighs 5.5lb which is the most although she still feels quite slim. She has been playing with toys and she also didn't keeping stopping and pulling on her walk today or have a ride instead. Yayy!!
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