Puppy Place > First time puppy owner


Barked: Sun May 12, '13 6:15am PST 
Roxy slept all night, with me watching her. She seems fine today. I think maybe she just wanted to be left alone, and the kids really tired her out. I'm going to get her a vet appointment as soon as I can, just to be sure everything's ok, but I feel a lot better than I did last night. I had no idea how quickly I'd be attached to this little fur ball. It was like having a sick child!

She had no blood in her poo this morning either, so I think the combo of the possible change in food plus the peanut butter in her kong might've upset her tummy.

She starts puppy class tomorrow night. I think being around the other dogs will make her feel better too.

Thank you for your replies last night!! smile
» There has since been 1 post. Last posting by , May 15 6:24 am

Puppy Place > First time puppy owner

Barked: Sat May 11, '13 6:16pm PST 
Hi everyone! I am a first time puppy owner, with Roxy, border collie chocolate lab mix. I'm hoping someone can put me at ease tonight frown. Maybe I'm not posting this in the right place, so please feel free to direct me to the correct board.

Roxy came home Thursday night. We got her from the SPCA. She's about 9 weeks old. They really didn't tell me much when I picked her up, and at the time, we were so excited to be taking her home, that I really didn't ask anything. They chipped her and gave her second immunization just before I brought her home. Her first night she was pretty hyper, and we didn't crate her. Last night she cried so long and loudly that I ended up sleeping on the couch with her. Today she started out pretty normal but as the days gone on, she seems restless. She's been going in and out of her kennel, she'll lay in her bed then jump up and run somewhere else and lie down. A few seconds later, same thing. She has no interest in her toys, or playing. Yesterday we couldn't get her to stop chewing everything, including us. Today she can't be bothered.

We do have two 7 year olds who just wanted to play all day, and who we continually told to leave her be, as she wasn't interested in playing. So maybe she's just feeling a bit smothered.

I've just been feeding her purina puppy chow, I have no idea what the shelter was feeding her. She's had milk bones treats, I know she had those at the shelter. I also put some peanut butter in her kong today to lure her into her kennel to show her its ok.

She has picked at her food and is still drinking water. She did seen fine outside, and didn't want to come in when we were out. She just wanted to walk and run and explore, or just sit and lay in the grass. She's also been peeing and pooping all day. No diarrhea, but I did notice a bit of red streaked on her poop.

I've been watching her all evening and thought she seemed off, but I just put her in her kennel for the night and she's not making a sound.

I read through her vet papers in the adoption papers and see that she was only spayed a week ago, and that she was treated for kennel cough on April 16th. Now I'm wondering if she either overdid it that last couple days, and is in pain from the spaying. Or possibly the kennel cough is returning? Perhaps the change in food or the peanut butter have her tummy upset? Or maybe she ate something in the yard that she shouldn't have? Should I be calling a vet?? ( I don't even know if there are any after hour clinics on the area)

Or should I just wait until morning and see how she is? Is it possible that she's just sad and missing her litter mates at the shelter?

....looks like another sleepless night for me as I watch her sleep soundly in her kennel.
» There has since been 5 posts. Last posting by , May 15 6:24 am

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the rapid nature of forum postings, it's quite possible our calculation of the number of ensuing forum posts may be off by one or two or more at any given moment.