I am new to this forum and desperatley hope someone can help.
Monty is 15 weeks old, and already a member of our family (we have had him since 9 wks).
H ehas always eaten grass/Turf in huge amounts, despite us trying to stop it, he digs up chunks of turf and takes it to one corner and then muches away on it ! (much to hubbys dismay!).
He also eats bark every chance he gets too. He is fed on a balanced puppy feed reccomended by the vet.
The vet said this was ok, and dont worry. (although we didnt think it was nromal)
Today he has been munching turf again,and eating bark from a tree in the garden ( which he does regularly and we try to stop him)
But tonight, he has been really really sick and is now looking decidely unhappy.
Its the first time he has been sick and i am really worried.
Also, Last week, we went away for a few days and left him with a reliable house sitter, but since we got back, he is nipping and snapping which he didnt do before. We put that down to him being unhappy we were away, but is it connected?
Any help, ideas etc,... really appreciated !!
How do I add a piccy of my dog to my posts?
Many thanks x Mo x
Sorry your baby is not feeling well.
Munching on any and every thing is a puppy thing - and yes - it will give him a tummy ache if he swallows things he ought not. When you say sick, do you mean throwing up?
Yes, he threw up big time.
he is now looking really sorry for himself.
Another thing, he wet on the carpet twice yesterday, something he hasnt done since 2 days after we had him. (We put this down to the fact we had just come back home)
Do you think he is ill?
|Welcome to the forum!
I think the munching of things is just a puppy thing, just watch closely that he doesn't continue eating things that can make him sick or be dangerous to him. Eating dirt does often mean an iron deficiency though, so I would consider switching to a better food. What food are you feeding him currently?
As to the nipping and peeing in the house, it may be anxiety since he was left without you. They are so very impressionable at that age....
I would be consistent with him, and try to get him back to the routine he was used to before you went away. Don't let him get away with nipping though, firmly tell him no and ignore him, or even yelp as if you are hurt, then tell him no and ignore him. If he is just "mouthing" things and not actually nipping, he may be teething so I would give him some frozen toys to chew on instead of your arm or leg. LOL
Good luck! Please let us know how it goes, and we can't wait to hear more about your boy!
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We are feeding him proplan-plus as reccomended by the vet(we're in the UK)
Hubby has just come home though, and decided to tell me he mixed some 'other' food dog food in with his usual today for a change, so maybe it wasnt the turf after all !!
We'll see how he goes and keep an eye on him.
I will try your tips on his nipping. i do think he missed us, and also, the kids have started their summer break, so are around (and hyper) much of the day.
Monty is just used to me and hubby around during the day time, so maybe he doesnt like all the noise (and sharing his time!).
Will see how he goes, and definatly read though many fo the threads here, i ahve learnt so much tonight!!
(and done none of the intended ironing, lol)
|And I forgot to say, many many thanks for your help
|Hi Mo- if your puppy continues to feel unwell, I would strongly advise getting him into the vet. Dogs can develop intestinal blocvkages from swallowing too much of a foreign substance. This can be a very dangerous condition, and one of our members has lost a dog to it. DON'T PANIC just watch your pup, and bring him in if he continues to seem unwell. try to limit the intake of the rocks/undigestable items, you may just want to take him out on a leash for potties and that is it. With the intense heat the nation has been experiencing- he'll probably be happier inside anyways! hope your pup is feeling better, and enjoy your puppy!
|Ohhhh Karen, now I am worried !!
I can't belive how much a part of the family he has become already, we all fuss around him like a new baby, and just want to do the best for him!
I had an olde english sheep dog years ago , sadly he died at 10 years and I havent had a dog since,.... that was nearly 20 years ago.
I do know George, our last olde english had a very tempremental stomache, and survived quite happily on cheap tinned dog food, not that there was much choice in them days.
We will definatly keep an eye on him, and if he looks no happier by morning, i will definatly take him vet for the once over.
I think maybe i need to toughen up, or I am going to be a nervous wreck before he's one!.
Thanks again, Mo x (and we live in the Midlands UK)
|Ahh- I wouldn't worry too much if he is feeling better. Grass consumption wouldn't be anything to worry about- the problem is when they start eating rocks, or cloth, stuff that isn't going to break down in their digestive track. Just be watchful, and don't be afraid to take things away, or substitute with a more appropriate item- a treat or a chew toy.
How is everyone doing over there in the UK? I've been so sad thinking about the terrorist attacks... Hoped it would never happen again, and then it did...
Are you having the kind of heat the USA is? Over 2/3 of our country had 100F + days yesterday!
He does seem to have settled a little since hubby comes home, i think us going away for a few days has unsettled him more than we realised.
(we did arrange for a relative to come here and stay, so Monty didnt have to move homes which seemed a good idea, and I am sure he was spolit rotten!!)
Him eating bark worries me, i know some can be poisonous. We dont let him off the lead when we take him out, but we have a few trees in our garden,and you only have to turn your back on him for a minute and hes turfing or barking!, lol.
Here in the UK is not too bad thanks for asking. of course there was a lot of concern about travelling and people still worry, but you have to stay firm, get on with it, start to feel intimidated and they have won.
The heat has been quite humid the last few weeks, but this week is a lot cooler and the the tradional rain is back in force !
I am really glad I ahve found this place, it is in my favorites, and i will be hanging around here lots! , very informative!
How do i put my dogs name by my picture?, it says itchy, lol, and his name is Monty
Many thanks, Mo x
|Greetings and welcome to the forum!
Hope Monty is feeling better soon. Keep an eye on him,
and get him checked out by your Vet if you are continuing
to be concerned.
As a puppy, many OES explore which includes picking up
grass, leaves, bark etc. You are wise to keep him on lead.
We still watch ours on lead as he has not outgrown that
habit ! This includes picking up a very large branch
which made him look like a reindeer walking up the driveway
In the beginning, its quite a transition for your pup to
settle in and adjust to the family and household routine.
Time goes by quickly and soon Monty will be settled in.
You are right, its important that everyone approach training
in the same way,esp with issues like jumping, pullling on a
As a former sheepie mom,you will do great!! Remember every
sheepie is an individual, so Monty may have some different
ways than George...
Please keep us posted !
|Welcome to the Forum!
The name with your picture goes along with how many posts you have posted. All of the names have to do with hair length, or so Ron says.
The more you post, the longer your hair gets. Keep posting so you get to see how your "hair" progresses.
Let us know how Monty is doing tomorrow. Since everyone is home and he is getting to know his new routine he should hopefully feel better soon.
|Hi and welcome to the forum.
When Mitch got let out into the garden when he was a pup i think he thought it was one giant food bowl
He tried to eat everything from the garden slate to the bark followed by the lawn.Now at the age of three he still munches on a bit of grass or a bit of garden bark but he leaves the slate alone.
He once run into the house from the garden with a giant bumblebee in his mouth and spit it out onto the floor in front of me as if to say "is this eatable or not".
|Welcome to the forum, Mo! Monty's avatar is too cute for words - what a happy looking fellow!
You're beginning to see just how addictive this site can be! But for all the right reasons - information, information, information, with a little socialization thrown in for good measure!
Looking forward to hearing more stories about Monty!
|Glad to see you've been getting good advise! The folks on this forum are great for that!! You've definitely found the right place to discuss all things sheepie!
Your avatar picture of Monty is adorable! I'd love to see more pictures when you can post them!
I hope Monty is feeling better today. Did you decide to take him to the vet?
P.S. We have another member here in Midlands.
Monty seems no worse for his episode today and slept well last night, so we are just keeping a close eye on him.
Thanks for all your help, I was really worried.
I shall definately be hanging around and collecting tips.
People keep telling us he is a BIG dog for his age, but sheepies are big dogs, do you think he looks exceptionally big for 15 weeks?, the vet said he was big, and we are being very careful to ensure he has good, nutricious well balanced diet ('cept for the turf and bark, lol)....
Mo x (PS. who is the other person from the Midlands?)
And i will post more piccies when i ahve 5 minutes, as you can imagine, we have taken LOADS!!!!
|Glad Monty seems to be feeling better!
He doesn't look too big for his age from the photo. How much does he weigh?
Can't wait to see more pics!
We have several members from the UK. Mikeyg, bobsmum, clipper, B-eye, Pepe and I'm probably missing some others. Pepe is from Derby and has a dog named Dougal.
Gucci George went thru an episode like that about the same age! I had a fit, brought him to the vet, got tests...etc. He is just fine (he is 9mos old now) and that was an expensive lesson, only to learn that I am overprotective and paranoid!
I'm so glad to hear Monty is feeling better! And I think he looks perfect in his picture!
Colleen and Gucci George
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Just want to say welcome to the forum and hope your little pup feels better soon. My three are sending him big sloppy kisses.
Marianne and the boys
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