September 16th, 2003, 02:20 AM
my dog, kona, has been acting strangely over the last two days and i was hoping someone might have some advice before i call the vet tomorrow morning. she is a 4 year old jack russell/staffie cross whom we adopted a few months ago from the spca. she is a wonderful, loving dog, but seems to have some "security" issues- everywhere we turn, she is constantly right behind us with her nose stuck to the back of our legs, she always wants to lay on us in bed or on the couch, and we believe her previous owners may have hit her, as even raising our hand in the air to wave to a neighbour while walking her will cause her to cower and nearly drop to the ground. we do not hit her, yell at her or make angry gestures so this must be something she has picked up from previous experiences. she is a very smart dog, while we don't think she's had much formal training she sits, stays, shakes a paw, heels, isn't a constant barker, etc, and she is really sweet and quite calm. however, over the past couple of days she has seemed a little hyper, racing all over the house a million miles an hour and gobbling her food like we've starved her for a week (we feed her regularliy, twice a day.) also, tonight my husband caught her with her head in our cat's litter box, munching on poop. we have had the cat since before we had her, so it's not anything new to her. i did catch her once before, when we first got her, eating a poop after she had an accident on our floor, before i could get it cleaned up, but she has not done it in months. i was wondering if there is anything that might cause her to act this way, could she possibly be sick? would this be related to the sudden hyperactivity? we take her walking or to play at the farm on a regular basis, so it's not like she's cooped up in the house all the time. could it possibly be because i used to work full time, same as my husband, but have been off work and at home with her for 2 months, and in the last few days i have left her alone for a few hours at a time while i've been going to job interviews? thank you very much in advance for your help, i greatly appreciate it. i will also probably contact my vet tomorrow about this matter but i thought i'd also seek some more opinions. thank you!