I know I haven't been on in a long time. Teaching has zapped every ounce of energy I have. But I am desperately in need of help.
My greyhound, Lady, has totally changed in the last couple of months and I don't know if something is physically wrong with her or not. I am going to call the vet and make an appointment but school isn't out until Wednesday so I will have to go on Thursday unless he says it's important to come in sooner. In the mean time I am losing it fast.
I've had Lady a little over 2 years now, that makes her 5 years old. Young for a greyhound. All of this started right after the time change in Oct. and has steadily gotten worse. She has always been on this schedule:
I get up at 5:00 am, let her outside (the other dogs are on the same schedule too) and fill bowls and start the coffee pot. Then then come in to eat. Then they go back outside while I get ready for work. They come in when I leave about 6:45. My daughter usually lets them out around noon or 1:00 and brings them back in about 2:30 when she leaves. Only two of my dogs are not crated and she is one of them. Then I get home by 4:00 and they are all pretty much in and out as they please until I go to bed around 10:00 or so. Until now I have never had a problem with this schedule. Oh, and eat again around 5:00 pm.
At first she started getting up earlier and earlier to go outside, which I attributed to the time change. It has gotten so bad lately I am so tired I literally cannot function anymore. It's affecting my work and my health. She is eating way more than she used to and tries to steal other dogs food. Yes I give her more food and no she's not gaining weight. She won't stay in or out for more than a few minutes at a time unless she's asleep. I have four kids and dh living in the house and she will start whining really loud high pitched and then barking before I can even get up to let her out. After she comes in about 10:00 she is fine until about 3:00 and then we play this in and out game until I have to get up at 5:00. I have to let her in and out or she will wake up the whole house or neighborhood. I am not kidding. Lets take this morning for example. She's up at 3:00 crying to go outside. In a fog I take her outside and wait. She pees and comes back in. I go back to sleep and in 20 minutes it's the same thing. She is frantic to go outside. Then she wants right back in. Back and forth until I have to get up. Often I am sleeping maybe 10 minutes at a time until the alarm goes off. She just got done eating a few minutes ago, went outside with the other dogs and is staning at the door whining to come back in right now. If I let her in she will be barking and crying to go out before I can get out of the shower. I just can't take anymore, I'm exhausted and ready to cry. It just seems if she is having a bladder problem she wouldn't be able to hold it during the day or from 10:00 to 3:00 at night.
Can anyone offer some help? Please? I love all my dogs, but I just canot take this anymore. My 7 month old great dane doesn't go out at night anymore. My chi doesn't go out even close to this much either. She had her regular vet check up in late summer and was fine.
I should mention being in South Texas the weather is not a factor. It's been in the upper 70's to lower 80's. If it was too cold or too hot I would understand.
Also, please forgive typos at this time in the morning and with lack of sleep. I hope this is coherent.
Please help me.
***Edited By: Gina on 12/18/2006 6:44:39 AM*** Reason: to add
A vet's trip is definitely a good idea, make sure they do a CBC and a chem panel, those will show blood sugar levels and creatine levels. Frequent urination to me indicates bladder infection and possibly diabetes.
Is there a reason you can't leave her outside? Better she whine outside than inside :P
I guess you should be grateful that there haven't been accidents in the house yet. It sounds like a health issue, it could behavioral, but I'm not sure because can;t see the dog in action. There are a few diseases and illnesses that have those symptoms, so do a blood panel at the very least to start, includeing the urine, and do a stool check to be on the safe side.
Thank you all for your advice. She has an appointment tomorrow afternoon. I will let you know what they say.
Minniyer, I don't leave her out all night because she barks and whines really, really LOUD. My neighbors are pretty close on all sides and one already doesn't like me so it would be nothing for her to call me in. Plus I'm just a big baby. It just tears me up to hear my dog crying, any of them.
Thanks again and I will let you know what happens.
P.S. Isis (great dane) is getting fixed on the 27th. It will be nice to get that done while I'm at home to stay with her for a few days.
Is she actually peeing all those times she whines to go out? It could be a new cat or raccoon in the neighborhood and she doesn't want to miss out on it when it comes by at night. Those critters have regular schedules they keep (skunks and opossums too). It doesn't sound like she's being a pest during the day, only at night. I hope that's what it is rather than a medical reason. Please let us know what the vet says.
Thanks. She pees everytime, I stand there and watch so I can let her back in and go to bed. Sorry about the long post but I was exhausted and at my whit's end this morning.
She hasn't had a problem during the day, but my daughter said when she came home at noon Lady was going crazy to get outside. She's never had a problem waiting during the day. I must confess I am getting scared.