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My akitas behaviour has changed 25 Jan 2016 21:09 #10071

Hi,I am new to this site and was hoping for some advice.My akitas name is Khandie and she is an 8 yr old bitch.Khandie is generally a healthy and happy dog,well trained and has never really been a cause for worry.Just recently her behaviour has changed and I am begining to get a little worried about her,she doesnt seem to be unwell,just generally fed up.Khandie has become very very fussy over wat she is eating,less energenic on her walks and often has her tail down,which as anyone with an akita knows that is not a sign of a happy dog.The fussing over wat she is eating is the biggest cause for concern at the moment as i suspect the other things all come down to the fact she isnt eating as well as she should be.Any advice given would be greatly accepted.Thanks.

Re: My akitas behaviour has changed 28 Jan 2016 19:02 #10072

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Hi and welcome to the ARW forum

Im sorry to hear Khandie isnt her normal self. What are you feeding her?

I think dogs, like us, do sometimes get fed up of eating the same food day in and day out. have you tried adding little titbits to it? My Tia used to self starve for 2-3 days at a time when she was younger, and I know how worrying it can be when they do that. I add some sardines (in oil or water) to her food a couple of times a week and she eats every last bit! You can add some stock or some dog gravy, or some cooked fish or chicken. Just make sure there is no salt in anything you add. There is no harm in adding healthy things to their diet if it encourages them to eat. Tia will eat plain kibble now and she never used to do that
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Re: My akitas behaviour has changed 29 Jan 2016 16:35 #10073

Hello, I hope Khandie feels better soon.

When Asia first came to us she was acting very simular to your Khandie, lack of interest, not eating, doleful expression her coat was out of condition too. At first we put it all down to her feeling down about being re-homed with us and like you we tried all kinds of foods, but eventually we took her to the vet because she began to get serious hot spots. The vet did deep skin scrapings to see if she is allergic to anything, it turned out that she was allergic to most things that are in pre-prepared dog foods, she's also allergic to hypo-allergenic dog food and lots of other things So to cut the story short, I now cook all her food, her allergies cleared up very soon after she began her new diet, she was sooooo much happier no more hot spots and no more doleful expressions, she eats everything I prepare for her and she's now 11 years old she still gets ear infections and we're trying to get on top of that

So maybe a trip to your vets will help your Khandie, ask about deep skin scapings, it has to be a deep skin scraping, anything other than that doesn't give such good results according to my vet, as an anesthetic was used my vet let me stay with Asia while it was done. Once you get the results you can either alimanate allergies as the problem and look for other reasons why she's down in the dumps or you can start her on food that doesn't contain the things she allergic to

Please let us know how you get on Good luck
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Re: My akitas behaviour has changed 30 Jan 2016 18:54 #10075

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That surprises me Pauline. I didnt think it was possible to be allergic to hypo allergenic food. Mind you, if they are allergic to chicken then they are allergic to chicken no matter what form it comes in!
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Re: My akitas behaviour has changed 30 Jan 2016 23:59 #10076

It does sound odd doesn't it but apparently there isn't a lot of hypo-allergenic foods around, my vet searched everywhere and all but one had rice in it, rice is one of her top allergies the one that didn't have rice in it was so bland that she just spat it out chicken and lamb are the only meat she can eat, but prepared dog foods have all the stuff she's allergic too added to them, she can't even eat the veggy chew sticks cos they use potatoe starch to harden them, spuds are another of her high allergenic foods....awkward madam she's a;so allergic to willow, the vet said she may only have to walk by a willow tree to get symptoms
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Re: My akitas behaviour has changed 05 Feb 2016 22:09 #10079

Hi,a catch up on my baby girl,Khandie.After another week or ttwo of her behaviour getting more worrying I decided it was time for a medical check over as she seemed to be getting more unhappier each day that was passing by.Her weight seemed to be dropping drastically from her and she was heartbreakingly sad.As soon as I walked into the vets people were commenting on how sad she looked followed by the vet wen we went in the room.A few feels of Khandies belly the vet took her for an emercency scan as she could feel somthing hard in her stomach,and wen she bought her back thro told me she needed emercency surgery as the mass they could feel was pretty large.I can tell u I was totally shocked and heartbroken,especially wen she said to expect the worse as the mass was large.The next morning we took Khandie back for the op but was told they would call me during the op if they found there was anything they couldnt remove or make her any better.Unfortunately I recieved the call a couple of hours later to say that she had cancer,both in her stomach and liver and that even if they removed it and bought her round that she wouldnt survive more than a few days and would be so poorly too.So they did the most humane thing they could do for her and the worst heartbreaking thing for me to have to decide and let her be put to sleep while she was still sedated.I feel the loss so badly,I thought she was under the weather and all the time was so ill,and all the while she was still the most gentle loving softee u could ever hope for in a dog.If anyone ever asked me to recommend a breed of dog to bring up around their family,children and babies alike an akita would always be on the tip of my tongue.I am gonna miss my baby girl with all my saddened heart.
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