November 29th, 2008

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  • fatso

Fear of other dogs?

Hi, this is Zelda! We’ve had her for about two weeks. I have to admit, I’m a little intimidated because I’ve never had a challenge like her before. I’m not entirely sure what happened to her before she joined our little family but I don’t think it was very good….

She is absolutely adorable and is the sweetest dog I’ve ever meet. The poor little girl has really visible scarring all over her body, though. It looks like she has large teeth marks all over her legs and she even has itty bitty bites out of her ears. Some of the marks are obviously newer than others so it is clear that she has been attacked by other dogs on a pretty regular basis. When we got her, she was pretty underweight, too. (but she has chubbed up quite a bit) She hadn’t had any potty training whatsoever and she’s a little more than a year old. She is slowly but surely catching on to crate training, though.

I would say that our biggest issue thus far is that she is absolutely terrified of other dogs. We live in an apartment and so she goes on her walks and to the bathroom in the neighboring park where there are tons of other pups. She cowers at the sight of even the smallest dog. We’ve been socializing her with my mom’s Boston and that seems to be helping a bit. Do any of you have tips helping her get over her fear of other dogs?

k and j
  • kam0520

you may already know this

Last night I was taking my nightly medicine and one fell out of my mouth and I didn't realize it.  Before I figured this out our boston Molly was on my chest and ate something.  It could have been either bentyl (for ibs) or my blood pressure med.  So I freak out and call the vet, they tell me to call poision control.  I tell them what meds it could of been how much she weighs (13lbs)  etc etc.  

They tell us to give her 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and get outside.  She being the dog that will eat/drink ANYTHING licks up the hydrogen peroxide like it's a treat!  We run her out on a leash and less than 5 minutes later she's throwing up.  I had NO idea that hydrogen peroxide would induce vomiting.  After she threw up a good 5 or 6 times she was fine, she drank water and was ready to play. 

So just an FYI, poison control (atleast alabama's) will give you info on dogs AND peroxide will induce vomiting.  She will eat ANYTHING (including lemonaid and pickle juice) so we will have a bottle of peroxide on hand!