AIBU with Neighbours(35 Posts)
I have a 5 month old cocker spaniel puppy and whilst we were on holiday my neighbours looked after her. Once we arrived home they informed us that they had taken her to the vet for constipation and as a result have changed her diet to kibble (she has always been on raw diet) and my neighbour was extremely confrontational telling us that the vet said we are feeding her the wrong diet and we are killing her. My husband & I are absolutely livid that they made no communication with us (text would have done if they didn’t want to call) and have given her a diet that we strongly oppose. We provided all her food before we left as we didn’t expect them to buy it for her. The day after we got her back she had the worst stools foul smelling and runny that she’s ever had in her life. I contacted our vet to find out exactly what had happened & she informed me that my neighbours had been boning & cooking the meat for her which she advised was not a good diet for the dog as cooking it will dry the meat out hence the constipation and that a raw diet is perfectly fine for a growing puppy. We have now decided to cut the neighbours off and not speak to them again but I’m wondering if this is a bit far I’m just so angry about the situation. Any advice please
I think it's a bit harsh if there was any chance they weren't sure what they were supposed to be doing with the raw feeding...
We did go through it all before we left and created a feeding plan for her so they knew exactly what to give and when & we made it clear that she is only to have raw and definitely no kibble. I feel a little bad that they did us a favour and it seems that we’re being ungrateful but that isn’t the case I’m just so angry that they didn’t get in contact before making this decision in our behalf.
To be fair there are very opposing views on raw feeding so if they googled it and happened to open a very anti raw page they could have fallen for all the rubbish that you can find on the internet. People can have very strong views when it comes to pet care and for some reason feel that its their right and duty to inform everyone else just how wrong they are. Your neighbours made a mistake do you really want to cut them dead? seems a little bit ott. Just agree to disagree and carry on.
They were doing you a favour sounds like they didn't know what they were supposed to but didn't fully understand, got it a bit wrong and it snowballed. They got the puppy help when it needed it, that was a caring and right step The puppy is fine, I'd focus on that. Nothing that happened was out of malice
Hire a proper pet sitter next time.
Yabu to cut them off. They did you a favour, sounds like they misunderstood, were worried about the dog and took it to the vet.
Don't ask your neighbours for a favour again and use a professional.
Maybe they didn't get in touch because they didn't want to spoil your holiday or worry you?
I hindsight I wish we’d put her in kennels but they were so adamant that they wanted her for the week (they’ve been very ott with her since we got her) I think the fact that they gave us a lecture about how badly we’re treating our dog by feeding her raw has added fuel to the fire, they were very aggressive about it plus they had been cooking the meat which my vet said was likely to have caused the problem. I think they treat our dog like it’s theirs, dishing out advice and opinions, they also bought her a coat & hat for the cold weather which I found ridiculous!
Sorry just to add, we didn’t ask them to have her, we mentioned we were going on holiday one morning and they knocked the same night and said they will have her, I appreciate I should have refused but as they were so keen I thought it would be ok.
Just decline in future, try and keep them at arms length but be polite. No point causing a potential rift by ignoring them.
Sounds like people who were a bit misguided but ultimately trying to do their best?
Not worth causing a rift over - they got confused over the cooking issue, took her to the vet when they were concerned something was wrong and followed professional advice. Yes, they should have spoken to you, and no I wouldn't be leaving the dog with them again overnight at least until confidence has been restored on both sides, but it's not like they let her play in the traffic / didn't feed her for a week / similar
I think they were just doing their misguided best, and at least they took her to the vets. And you're very fortunate to have neighbours that offered to save you a few hundred pounds in kennel fees. I'd smile, say thank you for looking after her and next time, find someone who is happy to follow your instructions. Raw feeding isn't for everyone, and at least she was well cared for. Try to see the positives.
Thanks for all the comments, I think I will just try to be more dismissive rather than rude
I’d rather spend a few hundred pounds than leave her with them again, thanks guys
I also think they were trying their best, sure they might have got it wrong, but they were looking out for her. Lots of dogs hate kennels and find it lonely and distressing, others thrive. I think I would talk to them gently rather than cause a rift.
I would be pissed off too!
It's not as if you quickly shoved the dog in the door and handed them the food. You explained about the dogs diet. If they weren't prepared to follow it they should've said so before taking on the dog
I'm also strongly against kibble. I would be FUMING if anyone looking after my dog changed her food. I would not feed any of my future kids a diet of McDonald's for a week so I certainly wouldn't feed my dog kibble or "normal" dog food as it's the equivalent to McDonald's!
So not only have they gone against your instructions but they've also not listened to the vet properly and told you what they THINK they heard. I don't think these are reliable people at all
I place my dog in a kennels if I need to. They're excellently rated and they're more than happy for owners to take in the dogs normal food. This is what I would recommend in future.
Just keep contact to a polite minimum and don't let them take your dog again.
You sound demanding and entitled!
Who in their right mind gets a puppy then goes on a holiday?!
Your neighbour sound very kind, raw feeding us not for everyone. Maybe they didn’t appreciate raw meat and potential salmonella lying around their floors and the thought of it round the puppy’s mouth.
They took your dog to the vet and took the advice given. Kibble will not harm your dog, obviously the change in diet has caused an upset tummy which is far preferable to how your pup would have been in kennels!!
Have you compensated them for the vets fees? Home boarding costs £25 a night where I live, you’re bloody out of order falling out with these people who did a good thing for you.
If you didn’t want the feeding routine upset you shouldn’t have left the pup.
They probably didn't contact you so as not to spoil your holiday. Did you actually spend time going through what and how you feed your puppy? Did you leave clear written instructions?
Most kennels here won't look after dogs under 6 months of age and some won't feed raw. If you want people to follow your instructions then you should have put your puppy in kennels or with a paid pet sitter as it sounds like it was a very informal set up with miscommunication.
I do think they should have contacted you and are over stepping the mark by lecturing you but sounds like what they was for genuine reasons. I think you might struggle to find a decent kennel that will take that young a pup (and not sure why a pup being in a kennel is preferable to it being cared for in a home albeit having a bit of kibble). Many places round here won't feed raw. I don't blame them for cooking the meat, when my friend comes to stay with her raw fed dog I ask her to cook his food. There's nothing wrong with feeding cooked meat as long as it's done right but like raw diets, it's easy to get wrong. It also sounds a bit like the vet might be telling you both different things. Do you buy a ready made raw food or do you do your own?
I wouldn't make a big deal out of it. It's not worth falling out with them over. You're obviously not comfortable letting them look after your pup again and that's fair enough but I'd keep it friendly
Update. My neighbour was banging on my door at 7:30 this morning because they saw her in the garden on her own & they were worried about her!! My home is not attached so my neighbour cannot see into my garden from hers. I politely informed them that I found their ott behaviour to much and that they are far too intrusive and I’m grateful for them looking after our dog we will put her in kennels or with my SIL when we go away in the future. I’ve since had an email from them with a link to a site by some uneducated hippy about the dangers of a raw diet 🙄
I also contacted my vet to find out about the consultation & she advised that she did an anal & abdominal examination and found there to be no issues with my dog, she also advised them to stop cooking the meat and give it raw as cooking it draws out the moisture which could be the reason she might have been struggling to pass it.
Time to ignore them. And I don't think thete is anything to suggest that they were well-intentioned.
I have a 5 month old puppy and I wouldn't leave him with neighbours to go on holiday. I wouldn't leave him to go on holiday at this point full stop, precisely because it's a perfect opportunity for other people to create bad habits, feeding issues and behaviour problems for your dog. You should probably consider yourself lucky it's just a case of getting him back on the raw diet and a couple of day of the squits! The mistake was yours to leave a puppy with inexperienced people in the first place.
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