Gentle word of caution - laser pointers

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  1. kateincornwall

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    An update on this subject . Nelly was at the Vets this morning as she had a strange turn last night , it would seem to have been a small seizure . We have been working very hard to break her of this obsession with lights , shadows, reflections but its not easy when it is so deep rooted . Yesterday it was very windy here , and her attention was focussed on moving leaves , she got herself into such a state that I had to pop her lead on and take her home as she was panting heavily . She then began to " fly bite " which is quite distressing to see as its almost like she is convinced that something is buzzing around her little head and will snap at this imaginary object . We distracted her pretty quickly whereupon she began to pant again . Our Vet has given her a thorough examination , its nothing physical , but all part of the OCD behaviour caused, we are both sure, by the constant use of these blasted laser pens by one of her previous owners . So , distract and more distract , whatever it takes really . She is such a happy little bunny , her tail always wagging ten to the dozen , what a crying shame that someone has caused this behaviour . Thankfully, today she is fine , it isn't windy and so we shall soon head out for a walk , me and my pals xx
     
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    Really sad to hear poor Nell is so affected. It must be distressing for you as well as her xx
     
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    Poor little lady :(
    She's lucky to be with someone who cares as much as you, Kate. Does the vet see any benefit in medicating for a short while, or is it too sporadic to consider going down that route? I'm just wondering if something like that could break the habit and almost force a "reboot", if you understand my meaning.
     
  4. kateincornwall

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    Vet ( and us ) doesn't want to medicate at the moment . She has always done this fly biting , but its worse when there are no lights or shadows to play with, so we do believe it to be an OCD issue . Trouble is that these behaviours can be very deep rooted and the devils own to break , poor love but she is a happy little soul and so worth all the effort x
     
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    Poor Nelly. It's upsetting to think that this obsession has been caused through mishandling by previous owners. I hope she enjoyed her walk today.
     
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    Oh Kate I am sorry, poor little Nell... Luckily she now, at last, has the right owners who will love her and care for her properly. xxx
     
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    Hope she's ok. I live with a person who has OCD it's no joke.hopefully you will be able to modify her behavior it just takes time.hugs to you all
     
  8. kateincornwall

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    Thank you for your lovely words xx Nell is quite calm today , we had a smashing walk, the three of us . I love that we always raise a smile from other walkers , for my Odd Couple , sauntering along side by side ! Never for one second will we regret rehoming our little scruff pup , hard it is at times but Paul and I often refer to ourselves as Time Millionaires !
     
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    Do you find that since you have had her that her obsessions are getting a little less? I read an article that 'fly biting' can be due to pain somewhere? She sounds a happy little soul most of the time x
     
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    We think that the light chasing is a little less than it was , in fact most of the obsessive behaviour is lessened , its just that when she is in the zone , she really gets herself into a state ! If we quickly distract her , she complies and reverts to being " normal " .
     
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