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Toby had his first antibiotic about 1 year or so ago. I took him to the vet because another dog took him by surprise and he twisted his head away quickly and it was stiff later. He got antibiotics(couldn't find any bite marks, but just in case) and anti-inflammatories.

Several weeks later. found that dogs were humping him a lot and even bitches were following him and sniffing his regions. He also round about this time, started having dirty ears, and his coat which was once beautiful, became dull with specs of dandruff also noticed his nails were dry and he was shedding much more and also his appetite waned as did his energy levels.

Been back and forth to the vet she tested for diabetes and thyroid amongst other things although she thought that basically he looked normal to her but I had to constantly point out that what looked normal to her wasn't normal for HIM! and every time I mentiond about the humping, she replied that it was a common thing for dogs to do to a neutered male.

Then read an article in the 'New Scientist' which states 'treat a dog with antibiotics, and you risk killing the bacteria that produce the scent by which it is recognisable to other dogs' John Bradshaw University of Bristol U.K. That would make sense.

Got to say now however that Toby's problems have gone, both the humping and the medical problems, and the vet has finally agreed that it is possible the antibiotic was responsible for temporarily affecting his thyroid function and perhaps his scent. I know antibiotics can be life savers, but I think next time I will make damn sure he needs them before I give him any.
 

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Aruuu, he has been getting Bio-live fat free natural yoghurt every night for several years now. (basically because I read it MAY help prevent bloat) His symptoms may have been worse without it.
 
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