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  1. Haha we're still finding specks of blood around the place from weeks ago! She's doing well and the foam noodle advice was great and seems to be working!
  2. @racindog @teri_d Thanks so much for your help! Turns out it got infected and she will need to get it amputated again tomorrow! Thankfully no infection in the bloodstream. So we're off to get foam rollers and anything else we can experiment with.
  3. Hi everyone! We've had quite an ordeal with my girl's tail since we adopted her a month ago. When she arrived, she had a wound on the end of her tail where a door was accidentally closed on it. The vet bandaged it but it just wasn't healing so he amputated the tip. It's been almost a week. She had a check up a few days ago and the vet said it looked okay but wasn't dry enough for his liking. To be safe he gave us antibiotics to prevent and infection and put on a fresh bandage. We muzzle her at night to prevent her from going at the bandage but we woke up this morning and saw a good bit of dry blood soaked into the bandage. She seems to be pushing at it with her muzzle causing it to bleed, I imagine it's getting itchy at this stage. We're going to the vet tomorrow to get it checked out. Is there any way of preventing her from getting at the bandage? The cone doesn't seem to work as her tail is long enough to get into it. With her initial wound before amputation, the vet put a plastic syringe over it to protect it but it seemed very tight and caused swelling.
  4. I've had Coco for about a month now and she's well settled. One really interesting and funny behaviour I've noticed is that she's learned to be completely fine with being left alone in her crate for 3-4 hours when I leave the house -- no whining, she just snoozes the whole time. But if I decide to go upstairs to record some music or get some chores done and I can't have her in the room with me, she cries like a baby! She really understands the difference between "Oh my humans have left the house for a while but they'll be back" and "How DARE my human have fun in a different room without me!". When I finish recording and let her come up to the room, she just sleeps -- exactly the way she would if she were downstairs alone! I find it so interesting how much they adore human company and how she only experiences separation anxiety when she knows I'm in the house.
  5. This is a good idea - we were planning on ordering a longer leash to give her more breathing room in the park anyway.
  6. I think the leash walking could be what's making her shy about peeing. We don't have an enclosed garden so we have to leash walk and she was definitely used to going in a turnout run. She also seems to be on high alert outside at night, maybe because she hears foxes or something, so that could be putting her off because she does always go in the morning. I think she will catch on eventually, just feel bad leaving her in the crate overnight. Unfortunately our bedroom is too small for the crate.
  7. Yeah, we bring her for a short walk and then to the grassy patch near the house.
  8. Good to know once a day poops are normal! Yes, I take her for a short walk, she never pees on the walk and then I bring her to a grassy patch opposite my house where she usually poops without encouragement and where she pees in the morning. Maybe there's something about night time that doesn't make her feel as safe to relieve herself.
  9. Hi all! My partner and I adopted a 3 year old ex-racer a week ago. She is very sweet and settling well, the only issue we're working on is getting her toilet trained. She poops outside no problem but when it comes to peeing, she's very fussy. She had an accident on the carpet of our rented home a few days in. Since then I've brought her out very regularly to give her more chances to pee, particularly before bed time and have followed advice I read here. The rare time she goes at night - I give her praise, treats, and let her sleep with us. But most of the time she just won't go, no matter how long I stay out with her. She pees once a day at the moment, and there's quite a lot of it so she must be holding it. If she doesn't go, we crate her downstairs to prevent any more accidents on the carpet. She doesn't like being crated when she knows we're just upstairs (she loves her crate otherwise) and we would prefer her to sleep with us but I'm not sure what else we can do but wait for her to learn. I know some people say you just have to stay out until they go but I've been out until 2am some nights and it's not like I can force her to pee. Do I just continue like this and give her time?
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