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Just to summarise, your main concern is that Fern wakes up in the middle of the night and she licks herself? Then she goes outside to eat some weeds?
I understand. Is she up-to-date with vaccines, flea and wormers?
I understand. And when did this episode start? Was is something ongoing for the past few weeks? Or was it in the past 24h?
Perfect. You mentioned there was no proper vomiting or diarrhoea, right?
And have you noticed her lip-smacking during the day at all? Or is this something she does just at night...
I understand. And are there any sores on her skin?
I see. Based on the information you have provided, my best recommendation is to just monitor Fern for now. As long as she is eating well, going to the toilet well, there is no sneezing/coughing/vomiting/diarrhoea, she is still bright/alert/responsive, she doesn't show any signs of pain etc, we are not concerned as vets. Please make sure you do give her a theral check-over when you get back from work to make sure there are no sores on her skin.
From what you are describing, I suspect this is related to a behavioural issue (rather than a health concern). I strongly suspect the little one is not stimulated/exercised enough, has some form of anxiety or that she's developed this kind of behaviour as a "safety net"/reassurance. Eating synthetic foam is not a good thing either, as it can lead to gastro-intestinal foreign body: so this needs to be discouraged. Either you try some repellant sprays (like bitter-tasting options) so that she stops chewing the bed, or you remove the bed completly and provide an alternative. Sometimes this behavioural issues are so well embedded, that we actually need a behaviourist's assistance (+ 6-12 months of hard work) to get over them.
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I understand. Definitely, the Yumuve tablets helped then. Medically, I am not concerned about her. It's just something that we need to keep an eye on and make sure it doesn;t turn into something else.
Allergy is definitely something that it's worth considering; but she should really have some skin sores, ear problems, anal gland issues or... "saliva marks" on her toes (orange stain). Unless you see her constantly licking herself/scratching a specific area a lot, I wouldn't think of allergies as my first differential.
In regards ***** ***** oil + turmeric, I would advise against that. The simple answer is that dogs don't normally get this from their natural environment. The complicated answer is: the risk of pancreatitis is too high if human food is added to their diet. I normally try to encourage giving just licensed products (like Yumuve for example which you are already using).
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