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She keeps licking the bricks that are part of a feature wall

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She keeps licking the bricks that are part of a feature wall inside the house.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the dog?
Customer: Nothing is wrong with her as such
JA: Where does the dog seem to hurt?
Customer: She's in good spirit just not eating properly
JA: OK. No obvious pain. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: She's three months old she's a dogue de bordeaux. French Mastiff.
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: And her biting, she's biting really hard and gets a little aggressive also...
JA: Strange behavior is often perplexing. I'm sure the Veterinarian can help you. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?
Customer: Irra
JA: Huh?
Customer: Pronounced ee-ra
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Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 4 months ago.

Hello and thank you for your question. I am a Veterinary Nurse with over 15 years experience and I have assisted in the care of many pets with this particular medical concern. It would be my pleasure to assist you today. Is it possible for me to obtain some additional information from you about your companion?

1) How long have you owned Irra?

2) You mention that she is not eating well, can you tell me more about this?
3) When was her last visit to see the vet?
4) How many vaccines have been administered?
5) When was her last fecal exam performed?
6) Any other pets in the home?
7) When did the licking of the bricks start?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Licking probably last week or so. She's had one vaccination she's due to get her three months one now.
She's the only pet. saw the vet last week cause she had some sort of urine infection. Mucous like substance and slight extremely slight bit of blood. They took swabs etc haven't gotten back to me yet. She's also hasn't had any blood or anything in urine for days too. She's better.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 4 months ago.

We commonly see behaviors like this are part of exploring a young dog's environment. She may also be doing this out of boredom if she is the only pet within the home. If she does not stop the licking action with verbal correction and redirection (give her a toy or something else she can play with), you can try sprays like bitter apple to give the surface a bad taste. In an older dog, we would be more concerned about metabolic issues and possibly dietary concerns but she's rather young for this just yet.

At her age, it will also be time to look into starting her in puppy classes for socialization and training. This will help with the biting that you're seeing. At this age, puppies are learning what is acceptable and learning how to play with their new family members, so this comes with the territory of owning a puppy. DDB, of course, get rather large so you'll want to start these efforts soon so that she will learn early how to be gentle with you and your family members.

Did my response help to answer all of the questions that you had regarding your companion? If you have other questions, please reply and I’ll help you further.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 4 months ago.

Checking in. How is Irra doing?

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 4 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?


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