Hey guys!!! It's been waaayyy too long since I've visited and now I need advise. For those of you who don't remember or know me - I have a male rat terrier mix (5yrs) and a female bullmastiff (3 yrs). The mix is fixed. I recently adopted/rescued a female 10 month old bull terrier. The owner left this poor thing tied to the front porch in 90+ weather - not including the humidity, with no fresh water or food. She was covered in fleas, urine and feces. There was NOOO way that I was going to leave her there! Anyway, after bringing her home, giving her a much needed flea treatment and bath, I introduced her to the other two dogs. The bullmastiff is very tolerant and is trying to accept her, but the rat terrier won't have anything to do with her. There hasn't been a 'fight' but there has been some growling and an occasional nip from him. I was wondering (since I have never adopted/rescued an older puppy) how long does this go on? Also, after taking her to the vet and getting a check-up and shots, the vet thinks that she may have mange(sp?). I have never dealt with mange in all of the years that I have owned dogs and was wondering if there were any home remedies that could help. The vet wanted to wait to treat it and didn't want to 'drug her up' since I have only had her for 3 days, but I am concerned about her hair loss. It isn't getting bigger, but I am worried. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!! Finally, I just want to throw in here - BLESS all of the rescue people who do this type of work all of the time.
"Don't sweat the petty things, and don't pet the sweaty things." George Carlin
Rocky is my English Bulldog that is pictured here. We found him while we were walking around a local flea market. Some old man had him in a pen on the dirt with no food or water. He was only 4 weeks old...yes, 4 weeks. (Here in AL, temperatures in June are bordering on triple digits, especially if you factor in humidity.) So anyway, we inquired about him and I ended up just taking him. He really needed his mom and litter mates, but there was only so much I could do. I told the man to give him to me and I wouldnt' report him to the authorities. To make a long story short, he's 11 years old and we're the only family he's ever known.
Now, I attempted to resuce a Boston Terrier some time ago. She was left in a crate on the back of a truck in the freezing weather for more than 12 hours every day. She was covered in feces, urine and her own vomit. She was so shy and basically a nervous wreck. When I tried to introduce her to my other Boston, she went crazy. I took them both to neutral ground and everything but it just never worked out for us. Lucky for me, I placed an ad here on TP and only sold her for the adoption fee to cover the vet bills and such. She is now in a loving home (I screened every inquiry to the fullest) and she has been spayed (which was a requirement before I would let her go to a new home). Now, I'm not saying that you can't socalize them and have a new pet, but it was really difficult for us to make it work. The last one I rescued from a puppy mill was about 2 months ago. I have also placed her in a great home.
Others may have more positive experiences and may can offer better advice. I have a kennel that is set up for 1 dog to stay in, but it's not a good, permanent home for one so I don't leave them in there any longer than I have to. People who look on TP are usually very nice and great people (if you don't get the scammers) and I am very blessed to help these poor babies.
Best of luck and I hope everything works out as you want it to. If you want to keep her, maybe someone can offer better tips for you. Otherwise, maybe you can place her in a home that doesn't have any other dogs.
Don't worry about tomorrow; it has never happened before.
IMO 3 days is still very new to both the new dog and the established dogs.
Give them time to become accostomed to each other. I would only allow them together under supervision only for now. They need to establish a pecking order, so expect some disagreements and only step in if it is getting nasty and either dog is at the chance of being injured. I bit of nipping and snarling is expected at first to make known who is who's boss, lol.
The possible mange....get treated NOW. One form of it is contagious and both forms will spread and are brought on by weakened immune systems, so it needs taken care of ASAP.
I would not reccomend a home remedy, he needs a skin scraping to be diagnosed for sure its mange and what type for effective treatment.
I have adopted rescues they are pugs and i never really had the issues of them getting along but,in your case i would say give it awhile it's only been a couple of days,sometimes it can take awhile as i have helped out rescues and most times it can take a week or more.As far as the mange these people are right get it treated asap,as it can spread to other animals and it can get worse for them we have rescued pugs with it and it has to be treated right away.I'll be keeping good thoughts for you,hope it all works out.
Yes, get the mange treated ASAP! And have the vet identify which type it is.
3 days is a not a long time period for dogs to get used to each other. A lot of it depends on their background and we often don't know that with our rescues. I currently have 8 fosters, plus my own, and while some prefer others they all manage to live in peace. One of my fosters is losing her eyesight and she prefers to be right next to me or in a quiet place if I'm not around. One of my "pack" dogs has always preferred to be by herself and will bark loudly if someone gets too close to her. Occassionally I'll get a foster in who has a few "disputes" with the others, but it's never reached the fight stage. As long as they aren't acutally fighting I try to let them work it out on their own.
Keep an eye on them and be patient. Usually these things work out without major interfence from us silly hoomans.
I wanted to thank everyone that replied to this. The dogs are doing a little better, but now I know that the new one is food aggressive - only to the other dogs. I am not sure if that is a behavior that I can break . She is now getting used to the 'good life' and doesn't stare at the door constantly - thank goodness. I believe that she thought she would have to go outside all day again, the poor thing. Her hair is coming back in very well over most of her body, but there are still a few spots where the vet thought that it was mange - demodectic. I called the vet again this morning to make sure and she thinks that now that the flea infestation is taken care of, the mange will go away on its own. I did make another appointment for two weeks, though, just as a precaution. Thank you all again ! I am going to try to get back on more often - I miss everyone...
"Don't sweat the petty things, and don't pet the sweaty things." George Carlin
Hey there. Average adjustment period can take two to four weeks or so. They have to figure things out. The catch would be that Bull Terriers are often quite aggressive (and prone to snapping mentally as in like rage syndrome and extreme out of control aggression and it is doubtful they got her from a responsible breeder so please watch her carefully) so I'd watch that close in case she decides to show the smaller one (either actually) that there is NO way they are going to be above her. The food aggression could be because she's a Bull Terrier or it will settle down a bit once she realizes that there's always going to be enough for her. Demodex is VERY common in them, sheís the right age, and sounds like your vet thinks it's localized and not generalized. Sounds like your vet is familiar with the breed as well as demodex (or itís going the other way entirely, lol)? But if it's the other it is contagious.Not sure why she wouldnít do a scrape to confirm though but itís usually the case. I've never had a problem with any I've used Ivomec on and they are having great luck using the Interceptor (It is normally given monthly as a preventative) as a treatment a bit off label (a little more often) since there is less risk for the dogs and the breeds known to react to the ivomec are doing well on the Interceptor. I'd probably treat regardless because if itís not localized itís going to get worse. Hopefully you'll just have this one outbreak and not have to worry about it again. If itís really bugging you, you can also talk to your vet about a course of immunoregulin to boost the immune system to help nip it all in the bud faster. I looked up the Bull Terrier club and maybe you can talk to those that do the rescues and get a little insight on how to deal with some of the things you're running into as theyíve probably run into it all before. Sheís a lucky girl and great job.