Aggressive Rescue Puppy

by Debbie R.
(Grand Ridge, FL USA)

Someone dumped a small puppy at my neighbor's house she called us to ask us to pick it up because they are elderly. When we got there it turned out to be a little white puppy that kind of looked like an oppossum. It had been sprayed by a skunk was covered in fleas and had a sore at the tip of its tail. We presently have a dog so we went to the local no kill shelter because puppies are usually easy to adopt but they couldn't take a sick one so they washed it for me and asked me to take it to a vet for a check and if it was clean they would accept it. i took it to the local vet and it turned out to have a parasite infection so they gave it some medicine and a complete check and it had a broken infected tail. So i took it home for a few days and of course I'm keeping it and its schedule for surgery on it tail but today i noticed when I was feeding it that I started to reach in to clean the floor of the cage and it growled and snapped at me when I got close to the food bowl. I have had it for a little over a week and I had not noticed it before but I know its beginning to feel more like a puppy and I also noticed it wants to chase the turkey and the chickens. So I would like to know how to handle the food issue I never had this with any other dogs or puppies that I have owned. Of course I will ask the vet for some suggestions but would like to know what you think. Not sure what kind of dog it is looks like a mix of labrador, golden retriever and the vet said possible terrier mix. Not sure of the age the vet said if it grows into a large dog then its probably 4 weeks old and if it turns into a smaller dog its probably 7 to 9 weeks old.

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