My “special” boy…

Stewie 6-7 006 (2)(sigh) Poor Stew Pot. He just wont stop chasing his tail. He does it when he’s bored, excited, stressed out, or seemingly, just because. What’s worse, he’ll actually catch it, at which point his eyes sort of glaze over while he sucks and chews his tail. He drools profusely when he does this. We try to get him to snap out of it when we see him by telling him “no” or “leave it” – and he’ll eventually drop his tail (and then wag it, flinging slobber all over everything). We adopted him about a year ago, and it seems to be getting progressively worse. Lately he’s even started sucking his tail in his crate while we’re at work (he never used to do this in his crate), and by the time we get home he’s completely soaked all his bedding with drool. He’s also started to lose the hair on his tail from chewing/sucking it.

I don’t think it’s a lack of exercise. Even after a long walk, the first thing he does when we get home and take the leash off him is to start spinning. He plays with our other dog and our foster dog constantly, which you’d think would wear him out as well. It doesn’t seem to matter how tired he is – unless he’s actually sleeping, he’s likely to start spinning.

A vet diagnosed him with OCD a while back, and we’ve talked about possibly starting him on medication, but I’m hesitant to do so because I don’t want to alter his personality. He’s such a great dog with the sweetest disposition and I don’t want to turn him into a zombie or a walking vegetable. But it’s gotten worse lately so we’re going to start exploring our options. We saw the vet again this morning and he referred us to a behaviorist to see if there’s anything else we can be doing in the behavior-modification department before drugging him up. I emailed the behaviorist today, so we’ll see what happens…



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