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Old 09-16-2018, 09:41 AM
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Newly adopted dog refuses to walk, eat, or go potty.








I just adopted Ellie Friday from a shelter 2 hours away in TN. I live in NC and found her on petfinder. They said she was a stray and that 2 days prior on Wednesday they had her spayed but she had issues such as vomiting and diarrhea. Nevertheless I picked her up and brought her home and took her to the vet the next morning. She has a bladder/uriniary tract infection which she was given antibiotics for.


I dont know if all that has to do with this but she had obviously never been on a leash and probably isnt housebroken. I know not to pull on the leash. Since she as no appetite she cannot be trained/rewarded. My problem is she just sits here all day and I have to carry her to go outside and once in the grass she just lays down. I really do not know what to do with this dog. The vet says other than the bladder infection shes in perfect health. I bought her a nice bed, toys, and Science Diet food.



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Old 09-16-2018, 10:01 AM
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It is not normal for a dog, especially a puppy to not move or play. You have to carry her outside? Even though she's been checked by a vet I'd be greatly concerned and go to another vet right away. Has she been vaccinated? Do her symptoms match urinary tract symptoms, or are there some things that don't quite fit? It's way too common for adopted dogs to have Parvo or something else. Please get her seen again and make sure they do a thorough exam.

Please let us know how she's doing.
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Old 09-16-2018, 10:56 AM
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Just patience. She's probably stressed out.
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Yeah I’m sure it’s a matter of patience and who knows what she went through before I came along but it is super aggravating having to carry her everywhere. 40lbs. To be clear, she CAN walk fine. I made the shelter prove it to me before I adopted her. She’s actually fairly tall and I bet she’s fast. She just gets to the grass and beds down. I’m trying to encourage her by praising when she walks around. Every time laid down I said No! and immediately picked her up.
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You could take her temperature, check its not higher than it should be & look for signs-eg wet nose, dry nose. let her sleep, she sounds exhausted & still recovering.
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Also give purified, filtered or cooled boiled water, fresh each day, not tap water. Food -try to make her dry food apealing by adding something yummy like broth & my dog loves a bit of cheese. Try chunks of meat or dried meat treats too. It takes at least a couple weeks to recover from speying. She could be sore. Her eyes look good, nice & clear & shiny sparky, but I agree about double checking vaccinations, & also worming. Parvo is awfully scary.
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She might not have the energy to walk if she been sick. How is she today? is she eating & keeping food down? is her poop normal? make sure you use an all wormer, some cheap ones only kill one type of worm! Is she making any improvements? my lil dog would sleep heaps if she'd been travelling that long, even a short car trip wears her out. Do you have more than 1 vet in your area?There's a great tonic in nz called DOKTA healing tonic for sick dogs & they like the taste in water. Gets a fever down, fixes tummy upsets etc. It even cures stys on eyelids. She's really beautiful, hope she's ok 🐕
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She might not have the energy to walk if she been sick. How is she today? is she eating & keeping food down? is her poop normal? make sure you use an all wormer, some cheap ones only kill one type of worm! Is she making any improvements? my lil dog would sleep heaps if she'd been travelling that long, even a short car trip wears her out. Do you have more than 1 vet in your area?There's a great tonic in nz called DOKTA healing tonic for sick dogs & they like the taste in water. Gets a fever down, fixes tummy upsets etc. It even cures stys on eyelids. She's really beautiful, hope she's ok 🐕
She seems to have enough energy. Last night she took the big step of actually exploring the house and even came and found me in the living room watching tv and sat next to me. She walks just fine and even gets around my barricade I set up when I'm not home to keep her out of the carpeted areas. Why the preference of boiled water instead of tap water? She will eat on her own but yesterday would not unless I hand fed her.

She shows little glimpses of being a great dog, but has so many issues right now. Good temperment, etc. Using a harness now instead of a collar trying to get her used to it. She still goes in the grass and just collapses down until I pick her up which I try to do immediatly to get the message across this isnt where we lay, this is for bathroom. Poop looks normal. Vet says shes healthy other than that bladder infection.

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Why are you picking her up when she lies down on the grass? I would just ignore her and walk around by yourself and give her a chance to look around and get up by herself. Picking her up and saying NO is not teaching her anything. If it is not fenced just leave a long leash on her while you are there.
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Why are you picking her up when she lies down on the grass? I would just ignore her and walk around by yourself and give her a chance to look around and get up by herself. Picking her up and saying NO is not teaching her anything. If it is not fenced just leave a long leash on her while you are there.
Not a bad idea but she'll just sit there for a while I suspect. I'd like for her to get in the habit of going potty as soon as she goes out. This would be helpful in the mornings when I have to leave for work.
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