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by emmas_mom
Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Can I give scrips away?
Replies: 3
Views: 271

Re: Can I give scrips away?

I don't know if it is different in Canada than in the States, but I have always donated leftover animal prescription drugs to either my local SPCA or my favourite rescues. They are always grateful for ones that they can use - just check with them first. Cerenia would be welcomed I'm sure.
by emmas_mom
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Max is fading and I don't know how to handle it.
Replies: 5
Views: 330

Re: Max is fading and I don't know how to handle it.

Ashley, I've traveled that road many times and it never seems to get any easier. As long as his pacing is not from pain, and as long as he seems more content than discontent with life (relaxed around you, sleeping fairly soundly when he sleeps, has his needs met) then he is probably doing fine for n...
by emmas_mom
Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Banzai losing weight
Replies: 14
Views: 660

Re: Banzai losing weight

Good news for sure. And I agree about the carbs thing - when I eat lots of carbs, my 'full enough' switch malfunctions. And the weight packs on.
by emmas_mom
Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Post surgery and raw food questions
Replies: 4
Views: 336

Re: Post surgery and raw food questions

She seems to be fine on the milk thistle, and I actually found some studies that claim it helps reduce allergic reactions. I will say Maggie hasn't had a single hive, or weepy eyes, since the surgery - something we routinely deal with due to her allergies despite her medications for them. One differ...
by emmas_mom
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Post surgery and raw food questions
Replies: 4
Views: 336

Re: Post surgery and raw food questions

Okay, the vet (new to me, as I've moved recently) was right on top of stuff and answered most of the questions before I asked them - told me to give her probiotics at double her usual dose while on the antibiotics, then back to regular dose. And she can have her raw food with no problem. So the rema...
by emmas_mom
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Post surgery and raw food questions
Replies: 4
Views: 336

Post surgery and raw food questions

Maggie is having dental surgery today, including at least two extractions of back teeth, as well as possible removal of a lump on her paw. Maggie has severe allergies to all sorts of things, including ALL kibble (common denominator unknown). She is raw fed a mix of ground novel proteins (rotating el...
by emmas_mom
Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Banzai losing weight
Replies: 14
Views: 660

Re: Banzai losing weight

Kathleen, a related thyroid condition which can cause weight loss (or weight gain) and hair loss is Cushings disease. I once fostered a dog with Cushings and keeping weight on her was quite the challenge (though she did have the pronounced little potbelly often characteristic of Cushings - potbelly ...
by emmas_mom
Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Was this a seizure?
Replies: 12
Views: 832

Re: Was this a seizure?

I saw your friend's comments and admired your restraint.....I was gobsmacked by her wild suggestions. When Eddie started having seizures (age 11), and the vet figured it was a brain tumor because of the intensity and frequency of them combined with his age, I also decided against the MRI - and the v...
by emmas_mom
Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: Emma has gone to the Bridge
Replies: 9
Views: 958

Emma has gone to the Bridge

Another of the ODO original canine crew has left for the Bridge. My Emma, who remained part of my life even though an exhaustive and intense custody dispute gave her to my ex (and our other dog, Charley, to me), passed away at age 14 this afternoon. You can read about her on my blog: https://mylifew...
by emmas_mom
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Was this a seizure?
Replies: 12
Views: 832

Re: Was this a seizure?

Yes, I agree it was more likely a seizure. And, thinking of Eddie when he started having seizures, the pharmaceutical meds are not fun. I'd certainly start with the CBD oil right away - it can't hurt and may help. I've read up quite a bit on CBD oil, as I use it with Maggie at the vet's recommendati...
by emmas_mom
Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Was this a seizure?
Replies: 12
Views: 832

Re: Was this a seizure?

From my experience, it was mostly likely a seizure, though it could have been a stroke (the symptoms can be similar, though the heavy drool is more common in canine seizures than canine strokes, IIRC). I'm sorry, Connie. Hopefully it can be quickly controlled with meds.
by emmas_mom
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Probable stroke
Replies: 14
Views: 652

Re: Probable stroke

I second the CBD oil - it definitely helps Maggie. Be aware that CBD oil often 'selects' the most pronounced issue first (for example pain over anxiety), so it can take awhile to show results for a specific symptom. In some dogs, however, the result is immediate (or within a day or two). Although Ma...
by emmas_mom
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: 13th annual “What are you going to do with your dogs” thread
Replies: 10
Views: 1681

Re: 13th annual “What are you going to do with your dogs” thread

Sherri, coincidentally I was just going through Maggie's files and medication information, and noticed in the material the vet gave me re Maggie's CBD oil, that it claims to help stop some types of seizures. It also reduces excitability and anxiety (the primary reasons Mags was put on it), so might ...
by emmas_mom
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Probable stroke
Replies: 14
Views: 652

Re: Probable stroke

Ashley, I'm so sorry. It does sound more like a stroke, unless his tumour has spread to the optic nerve and/or brain?
by emmas_mom
Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: What do you put on tags?
Replies: 7
Views: 503

Re: What do you put on tags?

Maggie has her name, my home phone number and my cell phone number. I have read you shouldn't put the dog's name on it either, as a thief may be able to lure her away, convince others the dog is his/hers, etc. But I put it on anyway.
by emmas_mom
Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: 13th annual “What are you going to do with your dogs” thread
Replies: 10
Views: 1681

Re: 13th annual “What are you going to do with your dogs” thread

I don't think I did any goals for Maggie last year - at least, they aren't on the 2018 thread. She has come a long way from the almost-feral girl I adopted in May 2017, and I hope to continue to build on her successes. At the end of 2018, I tried hiring a trainer for some one-on-one work with her, b...
by emmas_mom
Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cancer clinical trial
Replies: 67
Views: 6008

Re: Cancer clinical trial

Thanks for the update, Ashley. I wish there was more drastic improvement (and less side effects), but I'm glad to know there has been shrinkage rather than growth.
by emmas_mom
Mon Dec 24, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cat question
Replies: 3
Views: 604

Re: Cat question

Certainly sounds like it could be mouth pain, if a root tip is exposed and he is eating on one side. Cats (and dogs) often just swallow teeth when they fall out, so it isn't surprising you didn't see the missing tooth. But time for a new vet, for sure.
by emmas_mom
Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cat question
Replies: 3
Views: 604

Re: Cat question

I would absolutely not switch to kibble - any kind of kibble - for a 13 year old cat. One thing that every vet I've ever used drilled into my head is that cats, especially seniors, should be on wet food, and that even young ones should receive some wet food every day. When my cats occasionally threw...
by emmas_mom
Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Whisper (old dog stuff)
Replies: 8
Views: 884

Re: Whisper (old dog stuff)

I used to put a washable throw rug by the door when one of my dogs did that - one I could toss in the washer if needed, but didn't look too bad by the door on a permanent basis. I always hated pee pads - so messy and I've never had a dog that would use them. I'd be particularly concerned if Colt mig...
by emmas_mom
Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Hi All! - What's going on with Colt
Replies: 29
Views: 2443

Re: Hi All! - What's going on with Colt

Glad to hear Colt's energy is back and he is gaining weight. I think the plan for an ultrasound right after another episode is a good one - here's hoping it is never needed!
by emmas_mom
Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Whisper (old dog stuff)
Replies: 8
Views: 884

Re: Whisper (old dog stuff)

I'm so sorry, Dawn. Trying to get an old, kidney-distressed dog to eat is probably the most difficult of the dog care things I've had to do with the seniors I've taken on.....what they eat one day is rejected the next. I had some success with rotating some human foods like scrambled eggs, chicken an...
by emmas_mom
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cancer clinical trial
Replies: 67
Views: 6008

Re: Cancer clinical trial

Thanks for the update - good to know he seems to be holding his own despite the allergies.
by emmas_mom
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Not sure what to do - ailing best friend
Replies: 31
Views: 2971

Re: Not sure what to do - ailing best friend

Emily, I am so sorry for your loss. I'm thankful Caesar's passing was peaceful for him, and that he was so loved for his fourteen years on earth. May you find comfort and even laughter in your memories of him.
by emmas_mom
Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Resource Guarding
Replies: 36
Views: 3809

Re: Resource Guarding

So sorry, Sherri. Perhaps some sort of neurological or other disorder that wasn't easily diagnosed with existing protocol? I am glad Moe is now at peace.
by emmas_mom
Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cancer clinical trial
Replies: 67
Views: 6008

Re: Cancer clinical trial

Glad to read the tumor is shrinking. I hope the side effects diminish quickly.
by emmas_mom
Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Stanley wont eat
Replies: 2
Views: 670

Re: Stanley wont eat

If the vet hasn't discussed options, you may need to find a new vet. Nausea is often a cause of not eating in dogs - which might be caused by any number of issues including ear infections (affecting balance), neurological issues, etc. A first step would be to try a medication for nausea (I think Cer...
by emmas_mom
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Gabapentin guidance
Replies: 5
Views: 931

Re: Gabapentin guidance

Hmmm, I thought I responded to this - must have been just in my head. I take gaba for fibromyalgia. A while back, I simply forgot to take it for a couple of days, and woke up the second or third night feeling like I was being eaten alive by fire ants! It was horrible! As soon as I realized what I'd ...
by emmas_mom
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Hi All! - What's going on with Colt
Replies: 29
Views: 2443

Re: Hi All! - What's going on with Colt

Non-marsupial option that is low fat is elk, but I don't know if it is available in kibble/canned options. I get raw elk for Maggie, and I'm also seeing lots of other lowfat options in raw food around here - ostrich, rabbit, emu, alpaca, goat and, of course, venison. I've seen a real change in the r...
by emmas_mom
Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Hi All! - What's going on with Colt
Replies: 29
Views: 2443

Re: Hi All! - What's going on with Colt

Kangaroo is low fat and is becoming much more widely available. Raynes makes a good quality one, as does Zignature, and there are others. I believe the Raynes canned is 7% fat. I initially had some problems with quality control (received some cans that were half broth/congealed fat) but they correct...

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