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dog aggressive on being picked up

I've got a little old rescue dog, a miniature poodle cross, that gets very angry and bites when picked up.

For background, I have had her for nine months. In this time she has had 20 teeth pulled, and grass seeds removed from both ears, the infection has left her deaf though she seems to hear things like car doors slamming. She also had her gallbladder removed as it was impacted with stones and probably made handling very painful. She has weak kidneys though this has improved with an herbal formula. She has a slight heart murmur and a bit of a cough. She has a weak and wobbly hind end but this has improved quite a bit over time. She has problems seeing in bright sun, squints and seems fairly blind but not in shade or room light.

She was kept locked up in a bedroom for most of the year before I got her and was terrified of us for quite some time and would bite in fear. She is braver now and enjoys being petted though still snarls at times. She loves walks and is super friendly before them. Appetite is fairly good now, she likes salty foods tho I limit them to small snacks.

The problem I'm trying to deal with is her explosive anger when picked up, or when groomed, or moved if she is sitting on you. She bites and runs away if possible, but seems angry rather than afraid. We use a soft muzzle to pick her up when necessary. I gave her thuja a few months ago for her warts and they stopped seeping so much. I have given her 3 doses of phosphorus 30c over the past two weeks, to help with her cough. Its a bit better and her mood and energy levels improved a lot. Unfortunately her aggression level has increased in these short lived biting fits of rage.

Any suggestions? I was considering Nat mur, stramonium or maybe lyssinum?
[message edited by mutt27 on Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:08:15 GMT]
 
  mutt27 on 2015-03-27
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
A single dose of Nat Mur 200c and then we can decide next based on the response.

No other remedy to be used now.
 
fitness 5 years ago
The dog is very old, I have read not go above 30c in such cases? She is very reactive to regular medications, I just want to be cautious.
 
mutt27 5 years ago
I don't see a problem with 200c, it's your choice in the end.
 
fitness 5 years ago
Yes, I believe I shall give it a try. I will order it later today. Thanks so much for your help, I will post again when I have some results.
 
mutt27 5 years ago
I gave her the single dose Nat Mur 220c four days ago on Monday morning.

Since then she has been a little more social, coming out to lie with us in the evening, and asking for pets a bit more than before. She has been a little better in the car, slightly less reactive, but still bites on being picked up. Last night we had to cut the hair on her feet and trim her nails. She was her usual extremely angry self, biting and making a racket, we had to use an e-collar in the end. The anger is always short lived, forgotten quickly after we finish. She is coughing less than before, maybe only once or twice a day now.
[message edited by mutt27 on Fri, 03 Apr 2015 11:41:39 BST]
 
mutt27 5 years ago
perhaps belladonna?
 
mutt27 5 years ago
How much would you rate improvement in %
 
fitness 5 years ago
Not that much, maybe 20-25% on her socialness, only 10% on the biting tho. a couple other things I have remembered... she has been reverse-sneezing lately, a few times a day on a bad day. She also has separation anxiety, especially if my husband leaves the house during the day.
 
mutt27 5 years ago
Give another dose of Nat-M 200 and report back in 3 days.
 
fitness 5 years ago
okay, thanks.
 
mutt27 5 years ago
Its 3 days later, the dog seems to be a little calmer yet, she's a restless pacer when awake, but now stops more and just seems less anxious overall. More friendly as well, and comes out in the open to be with us more often. Not any huge leaps, but a noticeable improvement. Id say maybe another 15% improvement on anxiousness and socialness.

Still biting on being picked up, or if she thinks you're trying to get her to do something, haha. but she gets over it quickly, and is affectionate right away, a bit less reactive overall. a slight lessening of intensity with the biting, 5% improvement.
 
mutt27 5 years ago
Just observe for a week and report back, no more doses.
 
fitness 5 years ago
Ok will do, thanks so much for your help.
 
mutt27 5 years ago
You are welcome
 
fitness 5 years ago
Well its been a week and we've seen some changes. She is more relaxed, even her periodic pacing is calmer, coming out more to see us, especially in the evening, lying in places she wouldn't go before. We gave her a haircut on Thursday night, and tho we still needed the muzzle she was a lot better and did less fussing than usual.

On walks she has a lot of energy, still giving us a bit of trouble being held in the car, the last two days shes been more reactive again, also acting up when I give her drops for her kidneys twice a day. Definitely still biting if not muzzled when you pick her up but overall her disposition has improved, nothing dramatic, maybe another 10%
 
mutt27 5 years ago
Continue to observe, no more doses. Update in 5 days.
 
fitness 5 years ago
ok, thanks
 
mutt27 5 years ago
Five days later, the dog is still doing well tho now changes are small and subtle. She seems a bit happier overall, a bit more relaxed, Still biting when we pick her up but we are seeing a bit less of her snarl in other handling.
 
mutt27 5 years ago
Please give one dose and update in a week.

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fitness 5 years ago
ok, I will give the dose tomorrow, thanks.
 
mutt27 5 years ago
Still seeing small improvements. Shes changed quite a bit over the last few weeks. The last couple nights shes come out to lie with us, staying the longest time yet, maybe 5 minutes, and actually laid out for stroking. We've been picking her up at least 4 times a day, using a cloth muzzle to try and break the pattern of reacting with a bite. She seems better, no longer upset when we take it off and put her down, tho its too soon to try without it I think. Overall she is quite a bit more relaxed from when we started. Tho she still gets snarly at times, even jumped and bit at my big dog several times the other day, who totally ignored her, haha. That anger is still there, but the flame has dimmed a lot.

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[message edited by mutt27 on Mon, 27 Apr 2015 21:04:44 BST]
 
mutt27 5 years ago

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