~ bald spots part 2 ~

31 January 2007
watching TV
at our house, the dog sits on the sofa, the owner sits on the floor…

despite the fact that koda has gotten much calmer than she was a year ago, her old anxiety problem has made a comeback: she licks and chews on her fur compulsively. it’s like she can’t stop cleaning herself. her front legs are full of bald patches and her back legs are pretty much bald to the skin. it’s been happening for the past few months. and since we knew it’s a psychological problem, we don’t take her to the vet… we just go and scold her for chewing.

today, however, i found a 2cm diameter of bleeding spot on her right foreleg. it’s the first time i found out that she chew herself to her skin. i thought all she does is chew on the fur. so, i panicked. my dog is bleeding! oh no! vet, vet, vet!

i called the vet immediately and asked if i could go there right away. it was almost 5 o’clock, their closing time. thank god, the vet is nearby (2 minutes walk). she also likes koda and doesn’t mind waiting for her.

just like before, the vet said that koda’s skin is flawless, so those chewing is not caused by skin problems. once again, we came home with the anti-anxiety drug that were given when she was 5 months old. the vet was sad and quite frustrated, because she couldn’t help much other than prescribing the downer. and just in case Koda relapses again after the drugs finish, she also gave some tips on finding “natural remedies” at a store that sells ointments to reduce people’s anxiety. that way, we won’t make our dog a drug-addict.

~ comment (11) ~

mebbe she needs to go to dog shrink

Rani | 31 January 2007 - 07:05 | reply

i’d love to go to one, if there is any in Singapore. the vet doesn’t know any. so, if you do, please let us know.

thalia | 31 January 2007 - 08:16 | reply

Maybe sign her up to a behaviour modification class?

*back to lurks mode*

Firda | 31 January 2007 - 09:20 | reply

Ooops, url didn’t get posted. It’s at puppylove dot com dot sg.

Firda | 31 January 2007 - 09:23 | reply

hey firda, thanks for the URL! that’s a good idea, and they can come to our home, too! we’ll try to call them and see if they can help us on this :)

thalia | 1 February 2007 - 01:36 | reply

whuahahaha comment fotonya geblek banget mbak!

wanda | 31 January 2007 - 11:32 | reply

yah, tapi emang tempat itu udah di-tap dia duluan sih. kalo kita lagi duduk situ, kadang2 dia suka nangkring di depan kita, agak2 nyuruh buat pegi, biar bisa ditidurin dia.

thalia | 1 February 2007 - 01:41 | reply

suruh ikutan yoga aja thal :)

godote | 1 February 2007 - 12:50 | reply

ikut yoga RB? mesti ke jakarta dong (…ih, maap, ga nyambung).

thalia | 1 February 2007 - 01:43 | reply

wah turut prihatin! Mungkin Koda stressing out karena akan ada new member in the family. She is jelous and that how she wants to show it to you. Kali yaaaa…. me no expert :)

cynthia | 1 February 2007 - 05:06 | reply

hehe, i’m not sure if she knew about that yet. but this anxiety problem has started since she was little (5-6 months old), so it’s probably doesn’t have anything to do with the new member thing.

thalia | 2 February 2007 - 01:08 | reply