Join Date: May 2011
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I did tell my vet about Puppy's behavior, because I too was worried that if she was "off" for reasons other than being a teenager, that she shouldn't receive vaccines. The vet watched her during the visit, and made notes. Told me that it was likely just regression from the lack of exercise and structure, and told me to keep an eye and bring her back if I notice something else. She said she seemed like a normal puppy, and didn't behave differently from other dogs that come into the clinic.
This vet isn't the BEST of the best, but it is the best balance of convenience and quality that I can access, and they are professional and respectful of my decisions as an owner. When Puppy first came home, I didn't want to give her the third round of shots, and they respected that decision. They support raw as well as whatever I am feeding her. During our visit, they were also very accomodating to my requests. Puppy is more relaxed when she is on the ground vs the exam table, so the vet basically went under Pup's belly like a car mechanic to look at her incision. I am an auditor by trade, so I understand professional skepticism when it comes to receiving information from external sources. But at the same time, I trust my vet's judgement, or else I wouldn't be going to them. I did ask Gatorbyte for the holistic vets that he knows just to have as a reference for the future, and I thank him for his input.
All in all, thank you for the many responses in this thread. It's given me much to think about, and much to discuss with my vet if I ever felt the need again.
Puppy has always been a sensitive dog, in that she is sensitive to changes in my attitude towards her. She doesn't respond well to frustration, or to anger. She has responded phenomonally to just have more boundaries back. I will keep at this for a while and see if she continues to progress. I expect her to, and will keep you guys posted.
I was out tonight, and came home after crating her for 5 hours. She was ramped up and excited to see me. We played hide and seek in my basement with tug and food as a reward. She was REALLY worked up and excited during play. But since we stopped, she has settled down in my den with me very quickly. So her energy level is great, her apetite is great, her poop is good, and we are returning to good ol' lady.
I remember at the beginning of the thread freestep mentioned it takes 6 weeks for hormones to leave the system. Maybe she just needed a bit more time.
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