I posted a couple of weeks ago about my greyhound, Lady. It turned out she had a bladder infection and was put on antibiotics. The vet told me if she wasn't better when I took Isis in to get fixed (which was on the 27th) to bring her back then. She was fine in a couple of days so I didn't take her.
I am really starting to worry about her, and my sanity. I adopted her from the track a little over two years ago. She was very frighened and timid. She has come out of her shell to some degree, but she will never be a dog that likes to play or interact with people. She's very quiet and jumpy.
Here's what's happening now. Maybe someone can tell me if something is wrong with her or if I'm overly paranoid. She is constantly standing at the back door whining and barking (she didn't bark for two years) wanting to go out. I let her out and minutes later she's literally crying to come back in. It's back and forth all of the time. Then there's the food issue. She eats a ton and is always hungry. Right after she eats she is like she is crazy looking for more food. She already eats more than any of the other dogs in the house. She is eating about 1/3 more than she used to but still isn't satisfied.
She is up to date on all of her shots, she takes sentinel every month without fail. She looks healthy. The vet said her heart sounded good, etc. She doesn't have worms or anything like that.
What do y'all think? I have to take Isis in on Saturday to get her stitches taken out. I am wondering if I should take her in then?
Not only has her personality changed, but it is like she is going crazy to go outside, come inside, eat, etc. She is sleeping until 5:00, which is when I get up and our schedule anyway. But the second she hears the alarm go off she is barking and crying to go out. No snooze alarm for me.
If I let her bark outside I'm afraid she'll disturb all of the neighbors, if I keep her in she'll wake up the kids. I think I'm going insane!
Maybe while she is "acting up" in the early mornings you could keep her busy with a stuffed kong? If you could stuff it with peanut butter or yogurt the night before and stick it in the freezer she will probably have to lick at it for a while!
As far as the inside/outside routine a million times a day my beagle does that too! Especially when there are critters outside and she knows I am cooking inside it is hard for her to pick a place to be. Most of the time I feel like a revolving door.
Is it also possible that since she is now "retired" she is not burning off all her energy? Maybe an extra walk a day may use up some of that nervous energy.
I think it is a rather common trait for a dog to act like they are being starved. My dogs are constantly looking for anything extra that I might be willing to hand out. If they don't get something they act like they may just die right on the spot. As long as she is a healthy weight I wouldn't worry to much about it. Especially if this has been discussed with the vet.
How about giving some kind of bone or chew so her snack lasts longer. Again this will occupy her for sometime.
Have you noticed any straining or pain while urinating? Or even extra "cleaning" sessions? If so the infection may not have totally been cleared out during the first dose of meds and she may need another dose.
I wouldn't say you are being paranoid-LOL! You are only concerned that your dog is healthy and happy. Finding longer duration treats and some extra physical activity may help. Sometimes dogs will also calm down when there is background noise like a TV or radio on. With the extra noise she won't be able to hear actual outside noises that might be irritating her like another dog barking or children playing.
Maybe feed her half her amount at a time. For example in the AM give her 1/2 her ration then when that is finished give her the rest. That will give her a few minute break btw. the 2 servings and might help her slow down.
Also do you feed 1 or 2 times a day? If only once then you might consider trying 2x- once in the AM and again in the PM. Just divide the amount you currently feed into seperate feedings. You can still break it up further with the above suggestion. If she slows down a bit she might be more satisfied.
Thanks for the advice. She seems fine when she goes outside. It's just wierd and out of character for her. She whines to go out then turns around and stands right at the door to come in. As for the food, it's just so different. Normally she would eat hers and then make her way outside. Now she looks like she's frantic to eat more. I guess it's worrying me because it's such a sudden and odd change. I'll try splitting the food.