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Old 06-01-2004, 09:16 PM
Rachelle Rachelle is offline
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Unhappy My older dog, have some problems...

I just got home and I noticed something wierd about my 13 year old rottweiler/german shepherd chow. I looked at his eyes and the pupil of his right eye was completely red, It almost looks like his eye is bleeding from the inside. His other eye is a little bit red but very faintly. It doesnt seem like he is in any pain. I think he could probably be blind because he doesnt notice much anymore unless you make a noise.

heres another problem...

In this past month and a half, he has gotten extremely skinny. I can see his ribs and where the rib cage ends, it goes right in. The poor old guy is just skin and bones. He drinks TONS of water lately but doesnt eat alot. His arthritis is also getting to him.

A few nights ago we heard some cootes barking and yelping. We have a friend who rents out trailer and the noises were coming right from underneath his window. He looked out and saw 4 coyotes circling something. He didnt know what it was and went back to bed. In the morning, we realized they were probably circling rocky. I have also noticed coyotes in our back field watching him. I yell at them but they just look at me, they dont even flinch. it is sort of scary how they are getting so used to humans. Ever since, we have been keeping rocky in the garage and tieing him up at night on our porch.

does anybody know what could be wrong?

We are taking him to the vet on thursday. We are waiting for the vet to call us back. I hope he is ok!
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Old 06-02-2004, 12:38 PM
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Taking him to the vet is the best thing you can do. It almost sounds like he could be diabetic.

As for the coyotes; KEEP ROCKY INSIDE AT NIGHT! And don't leave him outside unsupervised near dusk.

Coyotes will kill and eat a dog, especially if it is in a weakened condition. Call your Wildlife Agency or animal control about the coyote problem, too. If they don't want to respond - keep calling. Aggravate them to death. Coyotes are becoming a huge problem because they are losing their fear of us and will come in close even in densely inhabited areas. They aren't picky about their prey, either. Anything weak or small is fair game to them. We have a real problem with them here, but we also have Fila Brasileiro dogs (bred to hunt jaguar and wild boar - and herd cattle) so the coyotes are terrified of our dogs. The pups are vulnerable to them, though.
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Old 06-02-2004, 03:20 PM
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hi there it milo i just read your thread and i live in the uk and i havent seen a coyote before but i knew that they can be very snappy if we're not carefull any way i have an oldish dog named milo(as my username) and hes 8 but he still actsw like a puppy and hes very playfull i take him everywhere and he enjoys long walks any way its been nice talking to you!!!
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Old 07-06-2004, 09:20 PM
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Sounds like kidney failure to me. That is what my dog Rex had.
I would keep your dog inside, and not leave him alone outside unsupervised.
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Old 07-09-2004, 12:31 AM
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the inside thing is sounding like a good idea to me! especially in his condition- best of luck at the vet today, keep us posted! my collie had a really low white blood cell count when she got older (we ended up putting her down) and she just laid around all day, wasn't interested in her dog food or treats, but she didn't have red eyes. i hope you figure this out and we'll pray for his recovery!
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