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Old 03-09-2007, 05:25 PM   #1
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Default Adopting a Stray Puppy....Update

Hi,

I live in Bulgaria and have a 1 year old Bulgarian shepherd dog.

A hungry 'street puppy' took a shine to our garden 3 days ago so we have decided to adopt her.

I have so many concerns, so apologies for the bombardment!..
  1. don't know how old she is for vaccinations/worming/micro-chipping. She has all her baby teeth.
  2. she has been on the streets so not shielded from other dogs vis-a-vis any diseases. She looks and seems healthy - what should I be concerned about?
  3. she is always hungry and still have yet to see her poo as our garden is so vast, so not sure about worms or whether just not used to constant access to food yet.
  4. our 1 year old initially loved her to bits, but is now seriously resource guarding toys and bones to the point where he bit her eye today and he is usually so gentle. She received a cut on her eyelid which bled for a minute or 2. She blinks when I put my hand to her eye but should I be concerned about internal damage to her sight?
  5. Would like an idea of breed mix/size - she seems to have a terrier type face, yet long small frame torso with quite long legs for her frame.
  6. Vets here are used to minimalistic care as money is scarce and are only geared up towards working/farm animals not really pets, so I don't expect much support there - they're ok for jabs etc and serious sickness but not really the finer points.
If anyone can answer any of the above I would be very grateful!

Many thanks
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Old 03-09-2007, 05:55 PM   #2
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Hi & welcome to the forum. Thanks for taking in this little pup!

I'd guess your pup to be around 4 months of age. Maybe a terrier/sheltie cross?

Since she has been out on the streets, I'd take her in for the regular shots even if she has had them & do the series as if she has never had any shots at all. She's likely got worms too so a good worming is in order just to be sure.

I can't really comment on her always being hungry. She just might be afraid the food source will go away & is making sure she gets her fill. It could be worms or just overeating to make up for lost time.

Your 1 year old is likely starting to recognize that she's not leaving & has realized that his guest is now sharing his space on a permanent basis. I suggest spending some extra quality time with your original dog to make sure he feels like he's the top dog. Feed him first, pet him first ... first, first, first ... make him know he's #1 top dog. Don't allow him to bully the new kid on the block but correct him by firmly saying "NO" when he's being unruly with the pup. Immediately distract him with some kind of fun game or toy ... anything that he enjoys really ... just make it "#1 dog time". A little jealousy is perfectly normal & I suspect he'll get over that quickly once he realizes he's still #1. Since he didn't show any initial signs of the aggression, I'm assuming he's just asserting his dominance. He deserves that position & is trying to find ways to claim it.

While you're getting shots, worming ... have that eye checked out too. It warrants a lookover by the vet too.

Good luck with your new addition.
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Old 03-09-2007, 06:10 PM   #3
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Wow! Many thanks for your reply.

you've astounded me with 4 months of age! although I guess she could be as she's inside at night and can go all night without having to wee, and isn't even in a rush to go in the morning either.

our 1 yr old shepherd isn't a pure bred so he's currently only lab size - she stands just over a foot tall to her shoulders and weighs about 4-5 kgs.

she's a new kid on the block as well which is why I thought she was younger - unfortunately there's way too many strays here and it's just the norm for the locals. I always put all food scraps out in the street for passer-bys; it's hard to know where to draw the line

how can I tell her age for sure?

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She looks collie mix to me...Welcome to the forum....
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She looks collie mix to me...Welcome to the forum....
I almost said collie mix too ... but said sheltie instead ... same look different size. It will be interesting to see how she grows up.

Most dogs lose their puppy teeth around 5-6 months of age. So, she may not be as young as 4 months, but I'm guessing her under 6 months based on teeth. She looks like a baby to me too ... I'd be surprised if I was very far off.
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Hi Harry and welcome to the forum. Good on you for taking in a stray. The advice Katz gave you was very good. About the correct age, I guess that is hard to estimate. Adult teeth start to replace baby teeth when they are about 4 months old so you will get a better indication then. Mind you this does vary with breeds. Good luck with your new furkid!
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My golden pup started losing his puppy teeth right at his 5 month birthday & had his adult teeth completely in by 6 months. I was surprised it happened so fast as I hadn't had a puppy in many years.
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Welcome to the forums! Thank you for taking in this puppy!
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