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My poodle is picking fights with my other dogs and cats. A new behavior.

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Trixie

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Barked: Thu Oct 11, '12 9:41am PST 
My poodle is frustrating me to no end. Her behavior has changed since my 13 year old American Eskimo dog passed away in late August. She used to be very timid and submissive to my American Eskimo who held the highest position in the pecking order between my family's four dogs. She was submissive to my brother's Yorkie and my mom's dog as well. She played with the cats.

Within the past month she has become confrontational with almost every other animal. She growls and chases the cats. Sometimes it is related to food though. She is possessive of her toys. Lately she will go after our other dogs for no reason. The other dogs will just be standing there and she goes after them.

She has been doing this to the puppy as well. I'm afraid she is going to hurt him. She used to play with him, now she is just being mean
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I thought it was jealousy of the puppy at first, but then she began acting out against the other animals.

She did seem to be having pain with her back legs for a while, but my vet still has not gotten her xrays back (it has been a week and a half), so I'm not sure if anything is going on or not.

Could she perhaps be in pain? I know my American Eskimo began biting after she was diagnosed with cancer.

She is also the only female dog in the household. Our other three are male. Everyone is fixed except for the puppy who is due to be neutered within the next month or two.
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Kali earned- her wings- 10/21/14

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Barked: Thu Oct 11, '12 4:51pm PST 
If your dog is in pain, she could be acting out from it. Waiting a week and a half for x-rays is inexcusable. There's no reason why your vet shouldn't have them by now. My vet can view them right on their computer the same day. I would think with that big of a behavioral change that it must be medically related, in addition to loosing another dog, which to her is a family member. They grieve just like we do. It took Kali a couple of months to get over losing Jaxey. But I can't say she was aggressive. I would press your vet for the x-ray results. Until then, you might try keeping her separate from the other animals for now. Good Luck!
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Trixie

If I find it,- its mine
 
 
Barked: Mon Oct 15, '12 8:15am PST 
I will be calling my vet again today. They send X-rays out to a specialist. They are blaming him. I'm angry at this point. It has been two weeks.
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Kali earned- her wings- 10/21/14

She's game for- anything that's- fun.
 
 
Barked: Mon Oct 15, '12 5:07pm PST 
Were you able to get an answer on the x-rays?
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Tilly

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Barked: Thu Oct 18, '12 10:25am PST 
What your vet is telling you doesn't make sense, it is more likely they forgot to send the xrays and are just fobbing you off. 2 weeks to get xrays back is worse than our National Health Service.laugh out loud

Yes, pain could cause this behaviour.

This could also be related to you loosing your other dog or it could be a mixture of both the loss and pain.

You need to kick butt with your vet, you are paying for a service you are not getting.
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