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Dog won’t eat one week after back leg amputation
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13 June 2019 - 9:25 am
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Wow this sounds like terrific progress! Of COURSE he wasn’t a naughty boy in front of the vet. Only for mama!

OK so it sounds to me like you’ve narrowed down this issue. It happens at home. It’s food related. And he also got mad when you came near him to deal with the bandages. Hmmm.

I’m not a training expert, but it sounds like it’s not so much food aggression as it is something he is directing at you. I’m so sorry! But the good news is it’s not an impossible situation. Why not give our behaviorist friend Sarah Wilson a call? She does long-distance consulting and you can also reach out to her on social media, she is very responsive and well worth the investment. I would do it before things escalate, which I hope they do not, but as insurance, heck it can’t hurt.

Otherwise though YAY for the recovery progress! 

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Food progress indeed!!!!!   YAY!!! I know you feel relieved  about that!  

Here’s a link that has some good insight on food issues from Dr Dressler.  We have to remember  how they would eat “in the wild” 

https://www.dog…..-wont-eat/

Okay, not a dog trainer, but this is just stuff I’ve read, so take it for whatever it’s  worth.   You may already know,  if a dog is giving  uou a “warning”  like a growl or a curled lip, they are asking you to back off.  It’s actually  not a bad thing and should not be punished.  It’s  like a human saying “leave me alone”.  So you don’t want to show anger, or punish, when he’s trying to ask you to back off. Obviously, you never want it to go past the “warning”.

At that point,  if it’s  just at the growl phase, you can redirect his attention as quickly as possible  in a fun way.  Change YOUR attitude  instantly….sing a silly song….put a smile  on uour face… laugh…. maybe grab the leash and take him on a walk.

One more thing as far as “anticipatory  pain “, which he mayjave whenever you get near his amp site.   My tripawd Frankie is BERY, VERY reactive if he thinks for one second  I may be doing something  that could possibly  cause him the slightest ouch!  Or, if I ask him to move out of my spot in the bed so I can crawl in.  He protests very vocally with howls and shrill barks.  I laugh and ignore him,  he wags his tail.  Gra ted, he’s not snarling or nipping.

Tune jnto Goliath’s “signals” and interrupt it before it escalates.  Does his body stiffen first?  Does he drop his tail?  Little signs like that can be redirected in a fun way before they escalate.

And please, I am NOT a trainer and  NOT in any way shape or form giving  professional  advice, just stuff based on my own experience not what I’ve  read.

Because  eating has been such an issue and uour energy  has most likely been very tense and frustrating  and subtle anger when he doesn’t  eat, he is relating you to that energy.  And it’s  an e ey we all would have under those circumstances,  so we get it!!   Obviously  though, he doesn’t  feel that energy from your brother.  He senses your brother’s confidence and that gives him confidence  that everything is okay,  For now, most let your brother deal with the bandage and the food.  It will become  a non issue as you both settle into a place of calm and confidence.

Okay, enough  worthless ramblings!  

Celebrate that he IS eating and that really is a good rhing!!  He’s  been through a lot in a short amount of time!  A human would be quite grumpy and not have much of an appetite either!

Hang in there!  

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Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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I’m am THRILLED to report my baby is back to his old self!!!!!!!!!!! He’s back to his goofy lovable kissing ways. Taking treats from me and no more aggressive has been seen since Tuesday. Yay!! He’s bouncing around like normal. We been giving him his Rimadyl still. Seems to be helping. I really feel like the Gabapentin was making him crazy. I feel so much better about his amputation. He did really well with his first round of chemo. Was a little tired but was back to normal Wednesday. I want to thank you all for ur support and help with calming my nerves and helping us through this. This site is a godsend xoxoxox. 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

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WHEEEEE! This is so good to hear, and it gives hope to people who were feeling like you did just a short time ago. THANK YOU for taking time to report the fantastic news.

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And we are THRILLED to ready this exciting  news!!!  Can’t  wipe the grin off my face!!!!  You stayed the course and didn’t  give up!!  YAY!!!  AND sailed through his chemo too???  Still grinning over here!!!😁😀😁😁😀😀

ANd this is a good reminder  for all of us that pain meds work differently  in each dog.  Thanks for your insight!

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too 

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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What a great update!  So glad for you and your boy that he is back to normal (new normal that is!).

I wonder if the staples were poking or pulling and causing him issues?  We so often see a turn around after the staples come out.

It doesn’t really matter at this point though, Goliath is back!!!

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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