Is there a way to tell if Coton was abused by previous owner?
by Sylvia Beck
(Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)
We adopted our Coton 3 years ago. Indy is now 6. We still have many issues with him. We wonder if he was abused by his previous owner. Can anyone tell me the signs if a Coton has been abused?
He likes sleeping/hiding under our bed. If we come too near the bed with our feet when he is under there, he growls. He was also very jumpy/nervous when we got him. If you sat down beside him on the couch he would immediately jump off. That way, he is not jumpy anymore.
We've also had continuous issues with him going in the house, First it was pooping. He stopped that the first year. Then all of a sudden, we would find pee here and there, even though we continuously let him out. We have a little Yorkie Poo who he has for a companion. Our Yorkie poo is 11 and also a male. Then he stopped the peeing for months and months. Now he has started again. We would find pee around the bed corners or normally on our carpet under our kitchen table. Its got so bad again we just threw out that carpet last week. He has ample opportunity to go outside, he always goes out with our other dog. We have a huge yard we know he loves exploring.
We love him but the peeing all the time in the house again is getting very frustrating. Sometimes he yelps for no reason. We just had him at the vet as he was walking around with a hunched back,not all the time, for part of the day he's himself and then all of a sudden he gets into the hunched mode and walks very slowly. She couldn't find anything wrong with his spine, back or legs. They did a blood test to check his kidneys. Two numbers are elevated but not above the normal range.
We are at a loss at what is going on with him. We wonder if his previous owner was kicking him? Would anyone have any ideas? Thank you, Sylvia