We have a 7 mo old boxer whom we love so much. We have only had him about 6 weeks.
He has quit eating and started laying around. After talking to several people (after the fact) we realize they are hard to maintain. I know the other dogs have put a complex on him, but he eats inside.
Was given a steroid shot yesterday. Was better, but puny again. We gave him his antibotics and some aspirin to lower fever until vet again tomorrow.
I have a friend who has a boxer that has nearly died not once, but at least twice over the past 3 years. No vet could really figure out what was wrong with him, and like many human doctors, just ended up prescribing one medicine after another until there was no telling the difference between the illness and the side effect. They gave him antidepressants because he wouldn't eat and just moped around. Personally, I thought the dog was depressed because it had to sit in a crate for 8+ hours a day only to go for one or two walks in the evening and MAYBE go to the dog park on the weekend. Not to mention his owners are high strung and beat him when he pees in the house. Of course, I don't really say anything to them, but I don't like crate training - it seems to break a dog's spirit. I also don't condone "spanking" a dog, but anyways... His kidneys shut down beause of the antidepressants and he nearly died. Stopped drinking/eating and his back started to develop a scary hump. They gave him antibiotics, steriods, and everything else in between. The only thing that helped him out was to just stop taking all the medicine and be normal. He eventually ate and drank and got healthy again. I don'tunderstand why the hell people give animals antidepressants.
so the dog is lethargic, not eating, underweight, and running a fever. Sounds like vet time to me.
and heather if your crate training is breaking your dog, your crate training wrong. In fact I use the crate to create spirit. The crate is suppose to be a serene happy place. not confinement. if the dog views the crate as a cage an not a den, that's not crate training. First you have understand the concepts of classical conditioning, and then have the skills to apply the theory.
***Edited By: gunny on 12/19/2006 11:23:03 PM*** Reason: s