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  1. I hope it works. Maybe he’s just fed up with kibble, Huskies are pretty bright and know how to get their own way. Mine is fed on raw, she eats pretty much anything. She came to me at 6 years old having been reared on Butchers and mixer, I swapped her straight away, she’s more than happy, a few things took a bit of time for her to get used to but I now buy Jack Wolf frozen raw human grade food, she’s very happy with it and she has raw meat bones because she loves to chew so duck wings, chicken thighs, short ribs, pork spare ribs and oxtail. I also buy dried rabbits ears and bull willies lol, lo
  2. Bin the kibble, try him on something really smelly, maybe sardines. Chicken broth would be good for him. Not eating issues are always a tricky one, I think we, as owners, become very worried when a pet doesn’t eat and try everything to coax them. My Maine Coon went off her food and she’s always been unfussy, I must have bought every brand going to encourage her, when she ate I was relieved. Sadly though the underlying problem was a lung tumour and as she was almost 13 the kindest thing was to let her go when she didn’t anything for nearly a week. I’m concerned about your dog not wanting food,
  3. Maybe it would be better to say which to avoid! I’ve had 3 different insurers. The first was Animal Friends, 8 months after I took out the policy with cover for £6K, Luna had a bladder stone which nearly killed her as her bladder burst, she had sepsis and had to undergo surgery followed by 9 nights in the vets, lots of blood and urine tests, pile of medication to rival a pensioner and they also found a bone stuck in the side of her stomach. Of course I claimed and the larger part of the claim was refused due to a pre-existing condition! That was a reference to my having taken her to the vet wh
  4. That’s so so sad, you must be so upset, it’s not at all the way taking in a puppy should go. Don’t blame yourself, you gave him the best chance you could, as first time puppy owners you can’t expect to get everything right, just like you don’t with your first child. The one thing I have found about vets is that despite all their training their diagnostic skills are often limited. It sounds as though you found at least 2 of them. I am not a vet and don’t have vet training but I can use the internet and looking at how you described his symptoms and how the symptoms of distemper are listed w
  5. Your pup doesn’t sound right at all, it could be anything but have you checked him for ticks if you live or he lived in an area that has them? Some ticks can transmit some pretty bad things, worth looking. Here’s a link - https://coloradoticks.org/the-ticks/other-colorado-ticks/ This describes some of the symptoms of some tick bites - https://www.pestwiki.com/effects-ticks-dogs/ scroll down a bit, it had a funny header on my computer, the article is further down.
  6. Gutted for you, if you can’t get another husky, how about a smaller breed? Maybe one from a rescue to whom you can provide a loving home for the last years of its life? I’d have another dog like a shot as I think my husky would be better with company but my husband totally refuses to have any more pets. I can see it from his POV because even with the one we have it’s tied us down regarding impromptu visits and holidays largely I confess because I won’t kennel any dog because of the requirement for up to date shots. Maybe you could have him dog walked, that way he’d have company for a cou
  7. Your pup has a lot of learning to do, liking you probably isn’t top of his list just yet. It takes time to bond and as Wolfpup said you don’t know his back story. I rehomed a husky 3 years ago when she was 6. She is not a dog who comes for or looks for affection, for her to stay in the same room as us is a bonus, apart from her pong, she is either outside or in the dining room. It makes me sad to think she clearly doesn’t need us, nor has she any idea how to play, she just about runs after a ball but once she catches it and realises it isn’t alive or edible she loses interest. She has lovely n
  8. Maybe where you’re walking her is an issue? She’s 11 weeks, maybe too much noise or nothing interesting, it’s tricky trying to guess. If you have a garden maybe just try playing with her for exercise and leave walking her outside until she’s more familiar with surroundings etc. Husky pups are unbelievably cute so if you’re out and walking her, are you frequently stopped by onlookers desperate to pet her?
  9. I find this interesting because Luna has gone through something similar. She’s always like being outdoors and she’s not really a people person dog but we realised she was spending more and more time outside, she too was lying in the pouring rain and totally refused to come in on just about every occasion, she would lift her head if she heard her name then just lie down and ignore us. She also started lying down closer and closer to the side gate, her nose almost under the gap, not trying to get out but it looked as though she was trying to get as far from us as possible. I found it very upsett
  10. Training for a dog who is going to be left starts with you leaving him alone, maybe 30 seconds and then return, act normally don’t swamp him with affection, gradually lengthen the time you are out of sight and each time you reappear, maybe speak to him but no over the top petting. It will take time, he has to get to understand that when you leave, you also return at some point, he should then relax. Remember you have taken a dog from his family and brought him to a place that is strange, you are strange, everything in it is new and strange and on top of that you started by locking him outside
  11. Oh my word, I could be reading about my Luna, taken in at 6 years old she was much as you describe your boy, she even looks like him and I’ve often wondered if she had Malamute in her too. We’ve had her 2.5 years and it took her a long time to settle, she’d lived in a family with at least 2 other huskies for a while then just the one. Her home environment was mostly the garden, I think only allowed in at night to sleep. I have just described her on another thread which you can read if you’re interested as I’m not going to type it all out again. give your dog time, Huskies are loyal, I don’t kn
  12. You sound as though you are trying hard but I’m wondering if you’re trying in the wrong direction? Is it just you and your boys and the dogs, no partner maybe? When we got Luna she was 6+ and had come from quite a chaotic household where she had another Husky for company. I had no idea about huskies and took her because I felt what I could offer had to be better than what she had. Within a couple of days I was ringing a rescue asking if they might take her. They suggested they could if I was desperate but they preferred new owners to keep their dog for at least six months. I persevered, in t
  13. In my opinion there is no such thing as high quality kibble, some is definitely better than others but none of it is ideal. Biggest issue is protein content, owners say how much their dogs love it and will eat a lot if they could and that's down to them trying to eat enough to get the protein they need, instead they just get more fillers, the starches from sweet potato etc. if you won't feed raw try dehydrated raw, Nature's menu make one in their Country Hunter range. It's convenient to use as training snacks. The other issue is his change in circumstance, if he's lived somewhere for 7 month
  14. His bowel issue could be tied up with his stress levels, when we brought our Bengal kitten home despite being in one room with a lit tray, his bowels turned to water almost and he often couldn't make it to the lit tray. No recriminations or hard words just let him settle in. I imagine his food in the rescue wasn't the best, many mouths to feed so food is usually kibble. If you just swapped him straight to tinned or even raw his gut will need time to adjust. At 7 months he's developed into a shelter dog, lots of different faces, dogs coming and going, that's a very unsettling influence on a dog
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