So Riley and Tucker have gotten along fine up until a few days ago. They are still playing together and running together and such... but Riley has been "yelling" at Tucker over food and attention. (If I'm petting Riley and Tucker comes over, he yells). Tucker is extremely subsmissive and always submits to Riley, but Riley keeps going after him anyway.
I am wondering if this is just a reaction to his medication. Riley has anaplasmosis. The tablets he wasnt keeping down so he got an injectable treatment. The treatment was a little over a week ago, and the behavior followed with it. Could the behavior be a side effect? Or is this something I need to address, and how?
I don't know too much about medications and such, but I'm not surprised Riley is doing that. It sounds like he is just showing Tucker who's boss. I would say that as long as they aren't fighting, I would probably not worry too much about it. We have had Faeden for about 8 months, and KC still yells at him when my Mom pets Faeden.
Is anaplasmosis the same as Lyme Disease? Or more or less serious?
Just in case in might be a dominant thing I would feed them seperately. To me and what I experianced with Max and my mini doxie we had at the time, was it progressed to food. Max got him a couple of times and brought blood but when they got into over a biscuit they found, Max almost killed him. I really thought he was going to bleed to death before I got him to the vet. Its scary when they start fighting and I hope it doesn't go that far but to be on the safe side I would feed them seperately anyway. Good luck. I know it can be a problem.
Well normally Riley eats outside, by his own preference, and Tucker eats in the kitchen. I gave them each a marrow bone last night, and while I was in the bathroom Jasmine stole Rileys, so she had 2. When I came out, Riley and Tucker were starring at one bone, Riley teeth baring, and then he went at it. Tucker just screams like a puppy.
Like I said, we didn't have this issue up until recently. So I'm not sure if its the meds or the dominance. I will give bones seperately for a while though I guess. Riley still needs 2 more rounds of this injection 3 weeks apart. Ugh.
We sort of have that problem with our beagle. We found her off the streets, since we found her after hurricane katrina but before Rita (she evacuated with us actually) we think she was a dog from katrina possibly. She had food aggression so we learned how to get around it. They all eat speratley and we are very carefull with bones. We make sure they are all seperated and that they all have their own bone. We don't give them bones as much anymore either. Our beagle hasn't gone after either of the other two for a while now. Our golden retriever and labrador retriever both learned to stay away from her when they are begging [human] food. When we give them treats we give them treats equally and make sure they earn it by sitting or something like that. It all helped. It's kind of funny how two dogs that are twice the beagle's size submit to the beagle. :) I hope everything goes well. Poor Riley. :(
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. - Josh Billings