Betsy was a rescue dog technically. Breeders bought her at 8 weeks to breed with, but it seems that she cant have pups/get pregnant at all so she was it seems, given minimal care until they could rehome her. She is 3 and has lived outdoors all her life. It took her a full day to gain the courage to enter the house. ( she seemed to want to but was fretful) But other than that she seemed fine. She is the friendliest dog I have ever met! She wasn't house trained but has had no accidents at all and wasn't used to walking but had a couple of small walks fine on day 1.
Her problems are as follows though! : We took her to the vet for a health check and she came out with loads of treatment as she had an eye infection, ear infection, skin infection and most importantly an infection on her feet. The vet thinks this must be painful to walk on ( pads red and puffy) . She also limps occasionally on her back left leg which the vet didn't seem concerned about. Her mobility seems a problem at the back. She for example wants to come to you/wags her tail - and will prop her self up but cant always seem to get the rear to cooperate. She will not walk now when out. If I physically lift her to her feet, she will walk a few steps but then just lays down and will not move. We cant work out how much is laziness/stubbornness and how much is a physical issue. Its really frustrating. She is 26 kilos so I can barely move her. We tried for half an hour to get her moving yesterday and only managed a few strides with her. We are torn between thinking its a battle of wills and a problem so don't know if we should keep effectively forcing her to walk or wait till we go back to the vet next Saturday?
She also wont eat/go to the toilet when we are there. She wasn't eating much at all - a tin a day if that and last night I was concerned so offered her some ham (she has a blanket in the living room where she always sits so its her place of comfort I think) on her blanket which she ate and got excited about so I sat with her bowl - still on her blanket and she inhaled her food. I gave her a bit more as she seemed ravenous and she ate that and drank loads too with me there. Later she was heavily sick though.
The eating/toileting issues I think I can assume are related to her previous living circumstances but the reluctance to move is a real problem. HELP!