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5-Yr Old Male Greyhound Is Growling And Snapping When Alone In His Bed


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Hello,

My 5-yr old male greyhound has been with us for 2 1/2 years.
Lately, he has started growling and snapping when he is alone in his bed. He snaps mostly at himself. This is new behaviour, and he doesn't do it all the time, either, which is odd. He is also growling for no apparent reason, no one is near him. (No, he is not sleeping -- We are aware of greyhounds sleeping with their eyes open and this is not the case.)

His behaviour is causing our other greyhound (a 10-yr old female) to be afraid and reluctant to be in the same room with him.

Has anyone seen this behaviour before or have any clue what may be bothering him?
Any advice would be helpful.

Thanks,

GG
Ontario, Canada

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Hm...That's strange. If no one is near him or bothering him and he's directing this at himself, my first thought would be perhaps he's in pain somewhere or something is bothering him (perhaps a tummy issue)? Does he seem to focus in on any particular place on his body when he does this? I hope others have more helpful answers for you!

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Without seeing the behavior I think it might be pain, too. I have seen our sort of look at/poke themselves in the tummy when they have gas, or bite a leg that has a cramp. Does he respond to your voice if you speak to him? Does the growling last very long?

 

See if you can get a phone video of it and take it in to your vet.

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Either he is in pain or is not feeling well. Since it's out of character, a vet visit is definitely in order. Hope it's something minor.

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Our oldest hound does this sometimes and he is just playing! He bites himself and wags his tail like crazy and it thumps on the floor. He also growls at himself. This is usually how it all starts. He is a hoot! Does your hound appear to be playing when he does it?

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Can you get video of the behavior and post it here?

 

ETA: Easiest thing is probably to upload it to Youtube (make sure it's a public video) and share the link here.

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Vet.

 

My George used to do that sometimes--we decided it was probably the nerve pain from his LSS. As someone who has nerve pain myself, I can tell you it is sudden, sharp, and very painful, like a jolt of electricity going through you. I'd snap at it if I could!


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Hi all,

Thank you so much for all your helpful comments and for sharing your experiences!
We took him to the vet today and it turns out he has an infection in his left ear.
As per the vet's instructions, we're now giving him antibiotic drops and flushing out his ear.

Here's hoping he feels better soon!

GG

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