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She's been wanting to spend her days alone, piled up in my bedroom. Just not enjoying life, and under stress when I make her interact with us. I have to put her on leash, and drag her out of the bedroom. After a few minutes, she starts panting, and is determined to go back to bed. If I don't let her, she starts trembling. Even walks, or shopping that she used to enjoy. She is done after 10-15 minutes, sometimes sooner. She has cut back on her food, and not as interested in treats. Once or twice a week, I will see glimpses of how she was in the past. Happy and rooing to me, but it's short lived.
What we know so far is all bloodwork is good. Hips, knees, elbows are good, so no signs of arthritis. Heart, and lungs sound good, and no fever.
The only thing the vet could find was a slight ear infection. Probably overkill on the treatment. But due to her mood, we went it. Packed her ear, taking oral bayrtil, and tramadol for pain. She is 8 year's old, and this is her first ear infection. I've had my fingers crossed, that it is the cause.
Still not much change in her though, and will do a vet recheck.

Last year when I talked to her breeder, he said they had to let her mom go. That she had become unhappy with life.
At the time, I didn't ask him any questions. I emailed him last week to ask what Journey was doing. It's pretty much exactly what June is doing.
I'm still hoping I can find the answers to help her.
 

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Oh no. ESP for her that it is just the ear infection and for quick recovery.
That's what I'm hoping.
I've even paid someone come to the house, and watch the other dogs. That way I could do more with her, away from Ranger. That was kind of a lost cause. We would get 30-40 yards from the Durango, and she was ready to head back to it. I would wind up with them just walking the other dogs, and spending time with her at home.
 

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That's so sad. Just unimaginable for these always-happy & eager dogs.


My take is "depression". I've never heard of it in dogs, but Google returns credible links.


I'm not accepting that it's terminal - you'll fix it!


Keep us up to date.
 

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No real updates on her.
We've had a lot of rain, and fireworks. Both upset her, and she's slept in the spare bedroom with me for the last two nights. I say slept, but with her panting, and stressing out. There was not much sleep. I need a day without stressers, to know if she's improving.
More rain forecasted for today. 😞
 

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They put her to sleep at 10 years old.

June already takes Valium, on days we have thunderstorms.
I just don't want to mask any health problems, with a daily antidepressant. Trying to rule out anything medical first.
She will go back to the vet, when she finishes her antibiotics.

I have CBD oil at the house, we tried it for storms before moving to something stronger.
 

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I am sorry to hear about June. I hope the antibiotics clear it all up and she is roo-ing and asking for more treats soon!
Are you considering just starting up the CBD oil again? See if it helps improve her mood.
 

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She had started it before, but it's been declining afterwards.
Her fear of storms had gotten worse, and it was all but impossible to keep her from hurting herself. That's why I moved to valium. She's still stressed when on valium, during the storm. Just more controllable.
I'm holding off on the CBD oil, atleast until I know her ear is clear.
 

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The evening rain missed us yesterday, and no rain in the forecast till this afternoon.
Saw some of the old June. A little rooing, and playing with her toys. She still piled up in the bed a good part of the day.
But I'll take her small improvement, as a good sign.
 

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While not totally herself, but she has improved a lot.
Acting a little bossy, and snagged a whole bag of freeze dryed chicken off the counter. Which is the June I know, and love.
 

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She had her ear packed again today, and a new antibiotic. High chance it will be packed again next week.

After it was packed last time, we extended the antibiotic for a week longer.
I thought it had cleared up, but I guess it wasn't.
You can tell by her look, she's not impressed with the vet visit.
 

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Me too.
Its been the same ear, the other ear looks perfect.
 

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TR... I am so sorry
Your poor girl... she looks so thin, she is really miserable!

...I am only going to say this, because I just experienced it personally... Zeke had been afflicted with Foxtail issues.. I kept finding them, after I had checked him thoroughly,
and then I saw him eat one, so I had him to the Vet for a total Fox tail check up... and an endoscope ( he has Ins.) ] he had to be anesthetized
The **** Doctor never looked in his ears... declared he had an ear infection, and prescribed meds. but never did a visual ear exam.


so ... has your vet actually looked in to June's ear... I know it is a dumb question... but just what if it is something foreign? I DO pray for her to get better...
 

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Must be the picture, because she's not thin. She could still stand to lose a few pounds. With her being under the weather, and ponds off limits due to her ear. It makes any real exercise tough.
While she hasn't been around any foxtails, the thought of foreign object has crossed my mind. My personal vet has looked in her ear, but not under sedation. She was only sedated at the ER vet. Its also had me second guessing the real cause if her needing that visit. As Ranger did growl, and snap to get her to back off. But I never saw him actually nip her. There was only one small slit on the inside of the ear, but no marks any where else, including the outside.
Last Tuesday she had a horrible day. Acting like when we have storms in the area. I even check the radar, but no rain anywhere near us. I told my husband, we really have to find what's ailing her. I'm not sure how many of those days me, and her can go through.
If these last treatments don't help. I think we are overdue in having a specialist see her.
 
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