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Old 12-19-2017, 02:10 AM
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Is my dog simply moody?

Hello everyone. My dog Dahlia is moody. Like all the time. She has always been like this, and i've been rushing her to the vet all the time. Almost always there was nothing wrong with her. If i'm not actively trying to cheer her up, she is cranky and even seems sad. I have no idea how to keep her in good spirits. We have routine. She walks two hours a day. After work, i don't leave her side, if i have some errands to run, she is right by my side. I play with her everyday. If it's not a fetch or a tug, she likes when i hold her rawhide bones for her when she chews and i do that. She is on a good quality food. Has a trainer. Gets lots of love from all of my family members. So what's the problem? What am i doing wrong? She has hip dysplasia. That's her only physical problem. I have her on chondroitin for that. I don't think that it's her hips that's causing her bad mood. I have heard from a lot of people that dogs become like owners. In this aspect she is very much like me. I am moody and always have been. Maybe she's spent too much time with me and picked up on this character flaw? Is it possible that it's just the way she is and i should stop constantly worrying about her?
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Old 12-21-2017, 03:04 AM
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You say she is moody, but what you describe sounds like low energy... maybe (hopefully not) depression. Is she a high energy dog that would be expected to be active and playful?

Age can be a factor too.

Was she like that before you started giving her chondroitin? Did the vet check her sugar levels?
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It sounds like she has a pretty active lifestyle and enjoys a variety of activities. How is her sleep? Is she getting plenty of down time? Dogs tend to sleep about 12-14 hours a day, and with some breeds or dogs at certain ages, this can be more like 18+ hours. If they don't get enough sleep, they get ... well, moody.

But, dogs are extremely sensitive to the emotions of humans around them. They are arguably more perceptive than other humans, and this affects them in a variety of ways. So, this may be a factor.
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Question hypothyroid?

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If U would describe her behavior as unpredictable & sometimes or often irritable, i'd do a 5-way thyroid panel.
Hypothyroid can be subclinical, meaning none of the conventional physical symptoms [wt gain, grey / thickened skin, etc], are visible, but it's affecting behavior & the temperament / personality of the dog.

https://www.petplace.com/article/dog...vior-problems/

I don't want to retype the How-To; a search using "thyroid panel" should bring it up, along with the names of the 2 U-S labs that process thyroid blood-specimens from all over the world: MSU & HemoPet.

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You say she is moody, but what you describe sounds like low energy... maybe (hopefully not) depression. Is she a high energy dog that would be expected to be active and playful?

Age can be a factor too.

Was she like that before you started giving her chondroitin? Did the vet check her sugar levels?
She is not exactly low energy. It's that if she's not doing something, like playing or walking, she seems sad and cranky. And sometimes aggressive too. She's still a puppy. 9 month old now. She has always been like this. I'm pretty sure her mood has nothing to do with medication. I'm going to ask a vet to check her sugar levels tomorrow. Thank you.
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It sounds like she has a pretty active lifestyle and enjoys a variety of activities. How is her sleep? Is she getting plenty of down time? Dogs tend to sleep about 12-14 hours a day, and with some breeds or dogs at certain ages, this can be more like 18+ hours. If they don't get enough sleep, they get ... well, moody.

But, dogs are extremely sensitive to the emotions of humans around them. They are arguably more perceptive than other humans, and this affects them in a variety of ways. So, this may be a factor.
Lately her sleep has been horrible. She hasn't slept through the night since we've brought our second dog home. It's going to be 4 weeks on Sunday. She gets plenty of down time during the day when i'm at work. She stays with my mom and spends most of her time sleeping. I don't know how to regulate her sleeping at night. I take her for a long walk every night before sleep, so that she sleeps without waking up. It doesn't help.
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If U would describe her behavior as unpredictable & sometimes or often irritable, i'd do a 5-way thyroid panel.
Hypothyroid can be subclinical, meaning none of the conventional physical symptoms [wt gain, grey / thickened skin, etc], are visible, but it's affecting behavior & the temperament / personality of the dog.

https://www.petplace.com/article/dog...vior-problems/

I don't want to retype the How-To; a search using "thyroid panel" should bring it up, along with the names of the 2 U-S labs that process thyroid blood-specimens from all over the world: MSU & HemoPet.

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Thank you for extremely useful tip. I'm going to have her vet check her blood and i'm going to read up on hypothyroidism in dogs. Thanks again.
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If U get a "borderline low" result in the analysis from MSU or HemoPet, be ready to talk to Ur vet about low-level thyroid supplements - approx 3 weeks should be sufficient, & if her behavior improves, that's reasonable grounds to keep her on it, lifelong.

Thyroid supp Rx is very cheap; once the dosage is calibrated to suit her, it's a minimal cost.

Hopefully it is a simple, addressable issue.
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If you just got a second dog four weeks ago that's a huge change she's still adjusting too and she could be moody from being jealous. And if she sleeps all day with your mom watching her it makes sense it would be harder for her to sleep at night.
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