Hello, I hope somebody can help me. My Bichon has recently had an operation as he had an abcess on his side. When he had his stitches in he found it terribly hard not to scratch or bite at it. the vet said that it is normal for bichons to get into the habit of chewing and carry on self harming himself. I have one of those buckets on his head but he manages to take it off in the night and constantly chew at different parts of his body. I am so worried. My dog is my life and he is not himself. His appetite has gone and he wont go for walks. Please help :(
try putting him in a baby onesie so he can't get at the stitches. and keep him in it till he gets out of the habit of chewing on himself. also if the stitches are still in and healing put something on them to relieve the discomfort- remember, skin stretched and dries out as it heals and scabs. that may be why he's chewing.
His stitches are fully healed now and have been for three weeks. I take his head collar off when i take him for walks anyway. we get to the end of the road and he just pulls to go home :o( He is also nudging his way behind my sofa and hiding. This is not like him at all.
I have 2 Bichons and this one is tricky. Have yoou ruled out everything physical, does the dog have a fever etc.? If you have , definetely don't take the little guy back to the vet. If you have the time, instead of putting contraptions on him such as the cone etc. How about just being with him all the time making sure he's leaving the wound alone? If that doesn't work, I like the idea of the body suit to cover it up. If you use that method make it sound really fun. Let him know how cute he is. As for food, is the dog eating anything? If he's eating, just not as much as usual, I wouldn't worry so much. But what I would try is something really really good. Like raw hamburger and his food rolled up into a meatloaf. Or try white chicken meat, steak etc. He needs to get jazzed about life again. If he has a buddy he hasn't seen for awhile get them together-controlled so that it doesn't irritate wound. Good Luck-poor baby.
ok, he has a really cool little T-shirt on and seems to be a bit more bouncy! I took the day off work to spend time with him which seems to be paying of as i cannot leave him chewing. But whilst i was asleep last night he managed to chew the fur from half of one of his back legs. he is eating some foods but not nearly as much as normal! I know i need to make him hapy again but the normal things i do with him dont seem to work. I need something that will distract him from sctratching night and day.. Any ideas??
Hi, I have a bichon, her name is Candy. She has had four surgerys and she is only 2. After every sutgery she goes through a gloomy phase. The vet told me it was becuse she wanted to run and play like all the other dogs, but it hurt her to much. I would take her to do fun things that wouldn't hurt her. Gradually she would become her playful self again. But in a pamphlet at the vet office I read doggie deppresion can be a sighn of an internal infection. You might want to take him to the vet just to make sure everything in okay.
Have you ruled out allergies? I have a Bichon also and I have read that they can be highly allergic and biting at themselves till raw is a common thing if having an allergic reaction to something. This is the time of year that they can have severe reactions...I would have him checked out....
No allergies whatsoever. Apart from his unhappyness and his bites that he has done himself he is fine! He has healed from his operation and should be back to normal now! I am worried he wont get better. The vets said there is nothing i can do that im not already doing.