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Big licks to you! My name is Suzuki aka Suzi. I am 8 years old and have lived with my Mum and Dad since I was 6 weeks old! I have a younger sister named Tahlia, a younger brother named Scooby Doo and a rabbit brother named Brandon. I am a water baby, I love the beach and my favourite past time is boogey boarding. I love the colour purple and lots of attention! I am a show off and love to compete in different competitions. I was in the WA finals for Pet Fashion Week in 2006 and I won Mandurah's Cutest Pet in 2007. I am also featured in the 2009 Dog A Day Calendar for the RSPCA as Miss 5th December. I have an older brother named Jerry-Lee who I dont see anymore... Mum says he went to the Rainbow Bridge and I will see him again one day.


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Sunday, May 31, 2009

The problem with Scooby...

As most of you know, Scooby was having some "male" issues recently and Mummy and Daddy had to take him to get his new-ters so he would get better.
The problem stopped but Scooby's personality has changed.
He is much more aggressive now. He tried to bite Mummy the other day and he attacked me today too. I am OK, I was just shocked.
He has also started taking things that don't belong to him... food off of tables etc and he would nevfur have done that before.
Mummy wanted me to ask my friends to ask their Mums and Dads if anything like this has evfur happened to any of their dogs after they got new-ters.
Scooby is older (6 years) and because Tahlia and myself have both already been "fixed" and Scooby nevfur had any personality issues, Mummy was not going to bother getting him new-ters and if it hadn't been fur his medical issues she would not have had it done.
Mummy is worried because her and Daddy have both said that if Scooby hurts me and Tahlia or one of them he will need to find a new home.
Can anyone offur any advise?
Big licks to you


Mango said...

That is most troubling. Pee-Wee and I still have our nards because they have never caused us any trouble.

I wonder if he is maybe in pain and that is making him grouchy? Or if he feels hurt he might feel like he has to defend himself.

Good luck and keep us posted.


Abby said...

Hi, Suzuki...

I, too, wonder if he is in some kind of pain...

When I had my pancreatitis & I was in so much pain, I was very aggressive to Rosco & even my Mom a couple times...

Maybe the Vet could give you some answers...

I hope Scooby feels better soon...

Abby xxxooo

Raising Addie said...

We agree with Mango and Abby that Scooby might be in pain. That would explain his change in behavior.

We sure hope you get him to the vet quick so he can get some help before someone gets hurt.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.

Chasing my tale...
Addie, Lucie, and Hailey

Noah the Airedale said...

Gosh Suzuki, that is odd and like Mango says most troubling. I was neutered at the age of 7 and my personality didn't alter one little bit.
The others have a good point. Maybe Scooby is in some discomfort or pain.
We hope you get to the bottom of this.

Noah x
ps. I hope we organised the petition properly and thanks for signing.

Bijou said...

Hi Suzuki,

I think maybe Scooby is being grouchy cause he doesn't feel good. I hope the vet can figure out what is hurting him and fix it.

Wags & wiggles,

Bree and Reilly said...

That was my moms first thought too - that scooby is in pain. She calls it the lion with a thorn in it's paw syndrome. Everyone is trying to help but it still attacks everyone because it is hurting until the thorn is removed. Mom also suggests that you get the vet to run some blood tests, check hormone levels and any signs of infection. Also check and see if they removed all the stitches if they didn't use dissolving ones. The other thing.....get a second opinion, if your vet doesn't know what is going on....go to another vet as sometimes a new way of looking at something can really help.

Ruby and Penny said...

Hi Suzuki
We agree with all the comments. We hope the vet can find some relief for him.
Love Ruby & Penny

Gus said...

Don't want to repeat what everyone else has said, but we do agree. Hope the Vet can help poor Scooby.

gussie d

DCampy34 said...

how upsetting - mommy says the anesthesia can cause issues with aggression for a couple days after - and the hormones are still in him for a month after her is new-tered. But other than that our mommy has no idea

hope everything works out


Anonymous said...

Poor Scooby, and how worrying and stressful for all of you! It does sound like a possible infection. We hope things get better soon.

See ya!
Joey and Zeke

Owner of Storm and Jackal said...

As Woodrow mentioned the hormones stay in his body for a month so give him that long at least before you do anything drastic like rehoming him. Just take precautions when you can't supervise him. I like everyone's suggestions about going to the vet to check for pain or infection. I hope Scooby feels better soon.

Brind'Amour said...

Poor Scooby. I bet he's not feeling well. I hope he feels better real soon.


GoldenSamantha said...

Oh dear - I am really surprised to hear this news. I've often heard that the new-ters-ing can change personality but opposie of what you describe; ie less aggression, less active interest in things female etc. Mango could be right, but I might ask the doc, which you've probably done - that is so awful. So sorry and do let us know what's happening.
Hugs xo

Twinkle a.k.a Chicken Little said...

Hey Suki, maybe he is in pain or somehow depress. Give him sometimes, my god-brother Ben has been fixed but still he is aggressive and he does attacked mom and his dad.

Ludo van Doggy said...

My Mum agrees with most other pups, it sound like he could be in pain, maybe the new-ters did not resolve the problem fully. :(
If not I hopes it just hormones settling down in him making him grouchy, a bit like when girls be in season maybe?
~lickies, Ludo

Anonymous said...

Sounds like everyone beat me too it... I would guess possible pain or discomfort. Best to check with the vet there. Also, something people forget, is you can't treat him any different. Not that it is an excuse for him to bite, but when he came back from a "tramatic" event in Hooman eyes, you can't baby him because otherwise he comes home thinking he runs the place. Make sure you keeps firm and assertive with him.

Keep us posted!
Licks, Kylie

Nibbles Treats said...

Poor guy. He sounds traumatized by the whole surgery and is rebelling. Check with your vet. He may just need a type of reassurance you have not thought of yet.

Tinkerbell, Oscar and Tucker

Martha Basset said...

Poor Scooby - we agree with the other comments - get the vet to check him over. It is unusual for dogs to become aggressive through being new ter'd! In fact it is usually the opposite. He may be in a bit of pain as this behaviour is out of character for him.
We do hope he is better soon.
Martha & bailey xx

Fred said...

Oh no! I had heard of this making pups less aggressive but not more. I was just a baby puppy when they took my winklets, but I didn't really change at all. I hope he calms down soon, and everything turns out OK.

Checkers said...

Oh Suzuki - I think Scooby just doesn't feel good....I got my newter when I was only 4 mos and did just dandy - mom said their dog Keats didn't get done till he was about 4 and only because he was howling at the dog down the street in the middle of the night....heheh.....but he did fine too. I'm sure your mom has talked to the vet but I think it has to be because he's got some discomfort somewhere - Newters are good for dogs..it makes them healthier - You tell Scooby he best behave around you and Tahlia or else Rambo and I will be there to take him on.

The Army of Four said...

It looks like a lot of the other pups have left you some good advice! Vet first, to rule out any reason he might be in pain, then back to doggie boot camp - Training 101. He'll come around! We'll be praying for him!
Tail wags,

Paco....Milo and mom..Simona said...

Poor sweet Scooby.......
we wonder why how much he's feeling pain or is afraid....
we agree with all the others pups....
We sure hope you get him to the vet quick so he can get some help before someone gets hurt!!!!!!!!
And please.....if this vet will not find a solution......bring him to another vet...lots of time the answer are find not at the 1st time!!!!!!!!!
Good luck and let us know how it goes!!!!!!!!
Lots of love and kisses!!!!!!!
We're crossing our paws and praying for you dear Scooby!!!!!!!

The OP Pack said...

We don't know what it could be , but if it is that much of a personality change, a vet visit and conversation would be the best route. Hope things settle down for Scooby - we are sure he wants to stay with you and Tahlia.

woos, the OP Pack

Jan's Funny Farm said...

What a scary change. Our first thought is the same as the others'. Pain. We hope he is okay.

Clive said...

Hi Suzuki

That is not fun. Hope the vet will find a solution for Scooby's behaviour and everything can get back to normal.

lots of woofs

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Evfurrything that has already been suggested...

Hugz&Khysses fur evfurryone - it has to be diffikhult to put a paw on...

Khyra and Her Mom

Lorenza said...

I agree too. Maybe he is feeling some pain and it is causing that behavior.
I am sure your Vet can help him.
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Tweedles -- that's me... said...

Maybe his back is hurting him, or something is pinching him somewhere.
I hope the mystery gets solved

Selba said...

Hi Suzuki,

Uh oh... now, we are not only nervous but also got scare because Selby's mom already made appointmet to the vet for this Saturday. Yes, Vincent will be neutered.

We really hope that Scooby will be back acting normal again. Probably should ask the vet's advice.

Ah... poor Scooby.

Please send our best lick regards to Scooby.

Adele, Vincent & Bella

Mochi and Mommy said...

I think everyone has left good suggestions. I hope that the vet can figure out what is bothering Scooby so he can stay with you pups.

I hope everything works out!


Morgan in Pittsburgh said...

mum thinks either something hurts or hormones are out of balance. we sure hope its something simple to fix..
your pal, Morgan

Maggie and Mitch said...

We have always heard to have the thyroid checked in cases like this! Our paws are crossed for you, Scooby!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

BCxFour said...

Oh poor Scooby! Ranger said he sounds like he is in pain or just really grumpy cuz someone snatched his boy parts away when he was sleeping.

If pain is ruled out and his thyroid is fine - then just give him a month or so to let the hormones clear out of his system, throw some remedial obedience in the mix and viola you will have a nice happy & mellow boy.

Also, I have read - sometimes altering one dog can actually change a pack dynamic. The weeks following will show a gradual shift of that dynamic - perhaps that may be what is happening between them?

Hang in there!

the professionals said...

it would be nice to think it was just the stress of the wedding maybe your mum could ask another vet for a second opinion - a soft muzzle could be a good precaution till its sorted cos know one wants scooby to go to another home!

Kimberly said...

awww Scooby is probably just a little upset about the nu-ters. Maybe Pam would have some suggestions? Wont hurt to ask ~ http://themagicsleighdogs.blogspot.com/ she's helped me with Bell before (with some training tips) I'm sorry Scooby is upset lately - I really pray he gets better soon!
Love Kimberly & Bell

Pamela, Kira and Scampi said...

I read all of the comments and did a little research. Go ahead and take him into the vet to make sure there is no underlying cause of pain for his behavior. There are many products on the market, both natural and from the vet to help with aggressive issues. For now spray his bedding with lavender oil/and lotion that you can work into your hands and massage him with it. It is very calming. Separate him from the other dog while doing this.
If there is no pain, the aggression may be temporary due to an excessive amount of male hormone being released due to stress of the surgery and separation. This can be helped. Don't give up on him right away. My BC has had aggression issues as he is an older rescue. He has recovered to such an extent that he is in advanced obedience classes now.
If you need info on stress reducers and calming meds, please feel free to contact me via my email-pamela@pamelasart.com

Amber and Nala said...

Oh dear, I hope Scooby doesn't hurt anyone....that would be very sad. I have no idea what could possibly be going on. Good luck. :(

Ransom said...

Sounds like a plain and simple dominance issue to me. The Half-Crazed Border Collie I live with went all KUJO like that when the boss dog in our pack got old and near death. It didn't last long though, because our Spokeswoman is even crazier than the Border Collie. The Border Collie might be psychotic, but she knows when to back away from a battle...so peace has reigned in our backyard since the Border Collie got put back in her place (dramatically and quickly). She no longer guards the food or attacks the goofie Newfie or me.

LUCKY LUKE said...

I agree wif the consensus and think Scooby just not feelin good. I would take him to vet to see if anything else might be wrong, but remember it take quite some time to mellow out after the surgery.

Has anything else changed in his life? I have known dogs to develop emotional issues just like peoples do when life is upset.

If medical issues are ruled out, I would suggest a good trainer. Something is bothering him... and a good third party trainer can help figure it out.

Wishin you much luck wif love from the Luke