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Although Hugo seems playful, happy and is growing well, he has had gastrointestinal issues for about 2 1/2 months. Prior to this, he was able to eat pretty much everything without issue. He was in puppy class and they emphasized using food rewards, so he got a LOT of reinforcers! Shortly after the class ended, he developed loose stools to the point he was waking us up every two hours (ugh)! Since then it's been up and down. He's been on antibiotics frequently, which seems to help, but he can't stay on them forever. He currently is on a prescription diet and gets NO treats, which makes it hard to shape behavior. Prescription kibble loses it's charm as a reinforcer pretty quickly. He's had a number of tests, including the Texas GI Panel, and everything's normal. The vet wonders if the stress of receiving his series of puppy shots and then getting neutered affected him and his system needs time to recover. I'm wondering if a delicate GI tract is typical of Havanese. Might he outgrow it?
In addition, after playing at puppy daycare Hugo was clearly hurting in his hip. X-rays showed that he has 'shallow' sockets in his hips. Is this something Havanese are prone to?
Lastly, Hugo's having a difficult time feeling comfortable meeting new people. Barking a lot and even growling, but no snapping. Trying to work with him on this. Is it unusual for this breed? Any help appreciated!