Back from deployment.. a few concerns..Text Heavy
I just got back from a 7 month Deployment 2 weeks ago. Since I have been back, Titan has been fussy about eating in the mornings so we switched to night time feedings only. So far so good on that one. Then he punctured his pad on his left front paw the beginning of last week, it got infected and I took him to the vets with a 104 fever. He is on his last few days of antibiotics and it's healing well. Since I got him back, he has been completely out of shape. I used to run him twice, morning and night, 2 miles each and he can barely make it the first mile without me dragging him. I have since switched to running a half mile and walking the rest. He also was insanely ball driven before I left.. he would play fetch for hours if I let him. No stop button. He now will only play for about 5 minutes before he has to lay down and take a break. I took him for a check up when I got back, just because and he lost about 7-10 lbs as well btu is otherwise healthy.
Behavior wise he seems to be normal. has the same desire to play ALL THE TIME only he gets tired quicker, lol. He knows all his commands still. He has become a little more lovey but I assume he's just getting older. (almost 4 now) I could be wrong though. He still seems enthusiastic about everything, except eating, which he's always been that way, and he did phenomenal at Search and Rescue this weekend, which was our first day back.
Now we come to the most recent concern.. Excessive drinking because it was something I noticed this last night. Titan NEVER wakes me up in the middle of the night unless it's a potty emergency. So he did last night. Only, when we went out to the living room he booked it to his water and just wouldn't stop drinking. He drank almost his entire bowl and then when I took him outside to potty, just in case, he started to drink from his bowl outside. I told him to go potty and he did, but when we came right back in the house he went to his second water bowl and started drinking more. I filled his other bowl up and he went back to that one and continued drinking. I had to call him away from his bowl to go back to sleep.
This morning it was the same thing. We woke up and he went straight to his bowl and drank the whole thing. I refilled it and he drank about half. I have never seen him like this so it concerned me.
Any insight on anything I am concerned about?? Just thought I would see what you all had to say before I started getting really concerned. Thanks in advance.
Commander Charlie Titan-15 Jan 2010
Gulf Coast Search and Recovery