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Old 02-20-2013, 10:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm new to this forum but occassionally stalk the board to read up on things. We have a 7 month male purebred boxer, Tyson, and a 4 month rescue girl boxer, Maddie that we got 3 weeks ago. We also believe Maddie is a mix with bulldog as she has big legs for her age, softer fur, looser skin on the neck, droopier eyes than Tyson, and tends to be super calm.

Since Tyson was around 3 months old, we started letting him sleep in our bed at night (we are totally fine with this!). He was doing great in his crate at night, sleeping the entire night, not having to go to the bathroom.

The first few weeks in our bed he did awesome. Now he has to go to the bathroom in the middle of the nights and it's becoming tiresome for us to constantly get up. We go to bed at 10:30pm and my fiance gets up at 4am for work so they get to go outside to go to the bathroom and then again I'm up at 7am. There really shouldn't be any problems.

Since we have gotten Maddie, they are both way worse - sometimes getting up between 10:30 and 4am 6 times!!! The first week we got her, Tyson had diaherra - the brown liquid kind. That went away by the weekend, then Maddie had it the next week and again it went away. Then on Valentines, they managed to get ahold of 2 creme eggs, so the Friday they were major diaherra. However since then, their stools have been finally back to normal (although still getting up often at nights).

This morning, it seems Maddie's stools are pudding and has already gone outside 4 times just for poop (only 9am now).

Some things to mention: Tyson was eating Innova dry food (large breed puppy) but once we got Maddie, we switched them to Authority - they are still in the midst of it being switch with it 50/50 now. The first week we had her, I gave them some slices of strawberries and banana which was new to both of them. Maddie was also great in her crate the first week - slept all night and not having to go to the bathroom.

Between 4am to 7am, I often wake up to their bathroom on my floor. I am hard of hearing, so at night I take my hearing aids out and I am completely deaf. Tyson would usually whine at the door so don't entirely blame him but he should of gone at 4am or wait til 7am. Maddie doesn't even cry, she just gets off the bed and does her business (doesn't even go to the door). For her we have to try feeling when she jumps off the bed then run to get her. Both of us are so exhausted from the constant waking up, and the cleaning of the diaherra. I have tried one day to remove the water after 8pm, however that seemed to made it worse and they were SUPER thirsty. I've tried giving them rice, that helped for the day but then went back to normal.

Sorry if this is long or in the wrong section. Let me know if there's anything I missed mentioning.
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Took Maddie in to the vets this morning as she was just constantly pooping without going to the door or whining. Found out she may have parasite or some new virus going around :-( Hope it's something common as this virus apparently has trial medication.
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Welcome to the forum! I am glad you took Maddie to the vet. Pups can pass this back and forth, so you may want to take Tyson to the vet also. I hope they both get well soon....

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Hope the vet visit solves the poop prob but why not just stop them sleeping in bed with u if one wakes up the other will and they may be disturbing each other. Plus when they are both fully grown not going to be much room for you and ur partner!

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Old 02-22-2013, 03:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Glad to hear you took them to the vet. Hopefully it clears up and is not a parasite.

As for the sleep issues - I was going to say the same. Maybe they're waking eachother up? Have you thought about crating them in your room?
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