Do you know what type of spay your vet has performed for your bitch? The Ovariohysterectomy removes the uterus which is why Vets push and encourage for a female Dog to be spayed. The overiectomy leaves the uterus intact.
These girls were fine until Belle was spayed and suffered from an infection and hernia from the uterus remaining intact.
When Dotty was spayed the girls suddenly began to fight. Which has led to them living separately within the home and garden and injuries to both the Dogs and the Owners.
Belle is also now booked in to see a Canine Chiropractor as I identified she is in pain in her lower back and hip area. The owner spoke to the Vets about this and gave them a leaflet for hydrotherapy which is great but a Canine Chiropractor maybe able to identify the specific cause and support Belle further for either Veterinary treatment or further Holistic care either Hydrotherapy or further chiropractic care or canine massage. Depending on the extent of the damage found.
Whenever Dotty approaches Belle, Belle becomes very uncomfortable and snaps at all Dogs who sniff her rear. She also becomes tense, trembles, shows whale eye and lip licks as well as huffing when she feels that Dotty might come too close.
Dotty is a really playful youngster she's also bigger than Belle too which is understandable as to why Belle is frightened and uncomfortable.
So today we got to working on leads in the garden to make sure Belle felt safe and knew Dotty wasn't able to bounce on her. Using lots of positive reinforcment and praise and encouragement she did really well and Dotty became respectful of a distance from Belle.
When there is a sudden behaviour change please please explore the potential cause. A recent surgery, Spay or neuter, injury, pain, illness, change in the home or environment.
There are lots of reasons a Dog may suddenly change their behaviour. This doesn't mean that they are a write off as Belles owners were told or that the behaviour can't be changed.
It simply means that the communication from the Dog has to be observed, listened to and actioned to help them.
Dogs tell us so much and we have a duty of care to listen.
Really looking forward to seeing their progress with the homework and the results from the Canine Chiropractor to help Belle be the Dog she was not so long ago and live a stress and pain free life 🐾