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Yorkshire terrier, age 7 - has always used s rubber ball &

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Yorkshire terrier, age 7 - has always used his rubber ball for play & to rev himself up before eating; he needs to have the ball beside his dish as he eats. After 7 yeas, ball has been taken away because parents were advised by a third part that it would stop him from being so crazed by ball. He now has not eaten for 1-1/2 days & looks all day for his ball. My question - is this causing more stress on the dog since it has been his security for most of his life or is this a step to .... What, I don't know. I would appreciate your opinion.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. John replied 9 months ago.

Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. That ball was most likely Kingston's security. He had been so attached to it for 7 years, that I have no doubt it is causing him stress. If they wanted to take the ball away from him in order to keep him more calm, it should have been done many years ago. It is too late to do that now. I would give the ball back to the Kingston, and hopefully he will start eating again. If he doesn't, then he definitely needs to see a vet. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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Expert:  Dr. John replied 9 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Kingston. How is everything going?
Dr. John