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Hello!

We had our doodle, Jack, for just over two months now. He's been growing fast and at 5 1/2 months he is already nearing 70 lbs. Up to yesterday, I think he's been the typical doodle - chewing whatever he can get a hold of, pulling down curtains, loving his walks twice a day, chasing tennis balls and being all about the loving & kisses. Yesterday he started acting very odd. There's this vacant look in his eyes, he doesn't want to play or walk, he just lays around all day looking sad. He seems fearful of going up or down stairs, where he used to run. He also seems to have forgotten basic command like sit or lay, he just looks around vacantly. Has anybody had a similar experience? Although he's much easier to manage in this state, I want my doodle back! I'm really worried about him.

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oh my...that would make me nervous too. Has his diet changed or is he physically sick in any other way?
 

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We did change his diet somewhat. Up to recently all he has been eating is dry dog food. In Vicoria Stilwell's book "It's Me or the Dog" she said dogs get bored eating the same dry food all the time so we started adding some meat or cheese in with one or two of his meals each day. We also started giving him Excel Deter Coprophagia Treatment tablets each day. I stopped those yesterday and he seems a little more active today, but not much.

He tripped on the stairs the other day but didn't seem to have any problems with them until yesterday.

If we don't see any good improvement today, he'll be off to the vet tomorrow.
 

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Are you sure he didn't eat something he's not supposed to? Might want to get it checked out at the vet. I'll admit I'm a worry wart, but that just doesn't sound right that Jack's behavior has changed so much. Let us know what happens.
 

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That is strange.

Around 3-4 mos our doodle Dexter started acting similarly. He just layed around all day and looked so sad. We went to the vet who examined him and Dexter cried so bad when she touched his jaw. She didn't know what was wrong - took x-rays, we went to a specialist. Turns out he majorly overchew on a rawhide (we haven't used rawhides since) and was just in major pain. He was given pain meds, his jaw got better and was back to his old self.

My point is that your puppy may have hurt himself and you are just not aware. I would go to the vet.
 

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DMAE...i'd take him to the vet

anytime your dog/doodle acts strange, too calm, vacant look in eyes, etc usually there is an underlying reason.
and I am a worry wort too as we had a couple of emergency visits in the past. One due to food, the other we still aren't sure if it was something like an obstruction or intestinal thing? either way, point is, my doodle acted happy, wagged tail but would walk 5 ft and lay down, was too calm, complacent etc.

just like when a kid is not acting normally (driving you up a wall hahaha)
i'd rather be safe than sorry and find out if there is something going on not visible to the eye.
 

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I would suggest an immediate vet appointment.
It sounds to me like something is either hurting him or making him sick (blockage?)
Is he eating/pooping okay (not with his normal excitment, but if iti s going in and coming out that is a good sign.)
If he is being quiet or trying to stay calm, he is hiding pain. In the wild, dogs dont' show pain outwardly...it makes them easy prey...so they hide or try to stay away from others, even their own pack.
Be sure to tell the vet about ALL of his symptoms.
I don't think it is diet related, from what you have said. It sounds more like an injury or pain...I hope that I am wrong.
Please let us know...
 

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I have found that dogs in pain act the way you are describing. My Izzy was acting like you describe. We took her in for grooming and the groomer called me and said that there was really something wrong. Took her right into vet and they did an emergency spleen removal. Don't know how she injured it (maybe jumping off bed or couch) but it literally burst when they removed it.

Dogs have a way of looking at your that says I don't feel right.

Don't know if that is what your doodle is doing but I also would either call or visit vet to make sure.
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I have to agree with the others. Moses was acting lethargic and just not himself a few weeks ago and we found out he had anaplasmosis, which is a lymes type disease that makes them ache terribly. He's been on anti biotics now for a few weeks and is back to his silly exuberant self.

Hopefully it will be an easy cure for your pup as well.

Please keep us posted! My prayers are with you!
 

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I agree

Go to vet

Next throw out that book :roll: :oops: :lol: ,,Change in Diet can really upset the digestive track , keep on same food,,if you want to add varity, add some rice and chicken occasionally to his main meal
 

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These folks know what they are talking about....take him to the vet!
Better to be safe than sorry..Sending good thoughts to you and your baby!
 

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Thanks for all your suggestions and your concern.

We can't get him into the vet until Saturday, apparently there weren't any opening until then. He seems to be doing better, though not completely back to his old self. He's back to going up & down stairs, and he even played a little with his tennis ball and went for a short walk. He's still sleeping a lot so we'll see what the vet has to say on Saturday. His groomer thinks he may have the beginnings of an ear infection. We were told to clean it out daily with peroxide.

Jack is my first dog so I'm still learning what typical puppy behavior and finding it changes often as he's growing. This, however, was definitely not normal.

I'll let you know how Saturday goes.
 

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hmmm

ok,,ease my mind just a little,,im a worry wart
take his temp, normal for a dog is 101
if its elevated you need to get him to any vet asap

the behaviour you discribed is no way normal, he may just need to be wormed, but if its elevated it can be something worse ,,not to alarm you but it is a bug the sooner its caught and treated the better
humor me!! :roll: :lol:
 

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Just wanted to see if Jack was feeling any better...judging by the above posts it doesn't sound like he is :(
Please let us know what the vet says!
 

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We are a very nagging bunch of bananas here
but it is because we care very much and not because we
want to get on ya. :wink: :wink:

Is there another vet you can speak with in the meantime?
 
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