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by 2dogpack
Fri Apr 15, 2016 7:57 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Groans while laying on side
Replies: 8
Views: 1922

Re: Groans while laying on side

He puked on his way home from the vet. Ugh! A HUGE puddle of yellow, watery, slimy puke. When they palpitate him, he's VERY tender. He's on Reglan.
by 2dogpack
Sat Apr 09, 2016 2:02 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Groans while laying on side
Replies: 8
Views: 1922

Re: Groans while laying on side

It looks like it's his stomach. He had a really bad bout of vomiting last night and we had to take him to the ER. Unsure what the cause is, but there's no loose stool. Just puke - full stomach contents including a LOT of water. No blood. I'm betting that it's been hurting him for a while. We're sche...
by 2dogpack
Mon Apr 04, 2016 7:51 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Groans while laying on side
Replies: 8
Views: 1922

Re: Groans while laying on side

He does it about 80% of the time, but not every time. And I can rub and massage and he doesn't seem like he hurts — seems to enjoy it.

It doesn't matter which side. If he doesn't groan, he usually just sighs.
by 2dogpack
Sun Apr 03, 2016 5:52 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Groans while laying on side
Replies: 8
Views: 1922

Groans while laying on side

It's hard to believe than Ronan is 9.5.

He's still active. Runs, plays, jumps, gets the crazies.

But lately, I've noticed that while he's laying on his side, he groans. He doesn't groans AS he lies down. Only once he's down and only on his side. It doesn't matter which side.

Thoughts?
by 2dogpack
Sat Dec 19, 2015 7:10 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: It's either a miracle, or Ronan is deathly ill.
Replies: 7
Views: 1595

Re: It's either a miracle, or Ronan is deathly ill.

Ronan's blood work is normal except one marker in his WBC. The vet says that typically, they see this marker in pets who: have parasites, allergies, or are stressed (colitis). Since his fecal turned up negative and he's on his new diet (no known allergens), we're going with stress colitis. I was onl...
by 2dogpack
Mon Dec 14, 2015 11:16 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: It's either a miracle, or Ronan is deathly ill.
Replies: 7
Views: 1595

It's either a miracle, or Ronan is deathly ill.

We went away for a few days a couple of weeks ago and left Ronan at home. Our neighbor took care of him - 3 walks per day, feeding, and just visit time. When we got home, Ronan wasn't eating well. He's been eating only 1/4 of his food since. Before we left, he was enjoying his new homemade diet - at...
by 2dogpack
Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:08 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Guinness beer for heartworm?
Replies: 1
Views: 813

Guinness beer for heartworm?

Okay, this sounds REALLY weird. Guinness black for heartworm preventative? I came across someone on a FB dog forum who is doing this. I thought it was a fluke or a joke, but apparently, they're not joking. I did a Google search and people are really doing this. I'm not convinced. Nor do I understand...
by 2dogpack
Sun Nov 15, 2015 1:08 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Dehydrated/freeze dried raw samples
Replies: 11
Views: 2306

Re: Dehydrated/freeze dried raw samples

Uh oh! He's nuts for the SimplyTurkey treats. I'll try to find something similar in a more trustworthy brand.
by 2dogpack
Sun Nov 15, 2015 1:07 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Food Question, Again :sad:
Replies: 13
Views: 2471

Re: Food Question, Again :sad:

How about adding a nice probiotic, too? Sounds like you're on your way to what works for him.
by 2dogpack
Sun Nov 15, 2015 1:03 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Best Home Prepared Techniques
Replies: 40
Views: 6772

Re: Best Home Prepared Techniques

I've thought about this whole thing FAR too much. BUT, I wonder about buying those 2 ounce (or 3 ounce) baby food freezer things and filling them with individual ingredients. Once frozen, dump the contents into a marked Ziploc. This way, I could pull however many 'cubes' of food for thawing at time,...
by 2dogpack
Sun Nov 15, 2015 12:55 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Stella & Chewy's Meal Mixers vs Carnivore Crunch as treats
Replies: 4
Views: 1214

Re: Stella & Chewy's Meal Mixers vs Carnivore Crunch as treats

LOL!
They crumble REAL easy, which makes them perfect for enticing sick/finicky dogs. With Ronan and Tasha, they've doubled as the occasional treat.

Not sure about using them as training treats though, where they'd be consuming quite a few.
by 2dogpack
Sun Nov 15, 2015 12:53 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Tail amputation
Replies: 15
Views: 2936

Re: Tail amputation

I'm not sure what breed he is, and not sure how difficult/painful it would be to dock his tail. You know him best.

Is this something that will stop happening over time? Like I said, not sure what breed he is, but maybe someone with a dog like him could chime in?
by 2dogpack
Thu Nov 12, 2015 12:17 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Best Home Prepared Techniques
Replies: 40
Views: 6772

Re: Best Home Prepared Techniques

Ah! So you fed the same meal every meal - that is to say - each meal contained every ingredient? I'm trying to think of a way to break it out more since Ronan is super fussy and will never eat the exact same formula of anything more than a few meals/days in a row. Unfortunately, this would mean I sp...
by 2dogpack
Thu Nov 12, 2015 11:08 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Stella & Chewy's Meal Mixers vs Carnivore Crunch as treats
Replies: 4
Views: 1214

Stella & Chewy's Meal Mixers vs Carnivore Crunch as treats

Ronan LOVES these things. I started using them to crumble and sprinkle over Tasha's food the last month she was alive. It really spurred her appetite. Ronan loves them crumbled on his food, too. But he also will do all sorts of things for them as treats. Do you think there's any harm in giving them ...
by 2dogpack
Thu Nov 12, 2015 11:00 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Dehydrated/freeze dried raw samples
Replies: 11
Views: 2306

Re: Dehydrated/freeze dried raw samples

Ronan likes Love better than Force, Embark. He didn't like Thrive one bit, and neither did Tasha (which is saying something).

Thanks for the Sojos tip, Sabine. Is that just the dehydrated, or would you avoid their dehydrated Simple treats, too?
by 2dogpack
Thu Nov 12, 2015 10:50 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: What are clay-colored, pasty stools? (Honestly)
Replies: 10
Views: 2510

Re: What are clay-colored, pasty stools? (Honestly)

Here in Georgia, clay is terra cotta in color - an orange color.
Paste. Hmm. That could mean anything from toothpaste consistency to pesto and like Judy said, a texture/consistency rather than color.
by 2dogpack
Thu Nov 12, 2015 9:27 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Best Home Prepared Techniques
Replies: 40
Views: 6772

Re: Best Home Prepared Techniques

I know this thread is pretty old, but I thought I'd revive it. So let me get this straight... Some of you guys cook up a month's/week's worth of an item and store it in one bag/container? How do you defrost it without it going bad in the fridge? You take each bag out and what? Chip out a portion? I'...
by 2dogpack
Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:18 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Dehydrated/freeze dried raw samples
Replies: 11
Views: 2306

Re: Dehydrated/freeze dried raw samples

Picky, fussy Ronan will eat Stella & Chewy's Meal Toppers and loves their Carnivore Crunch treats, so maybe something made by them? Ronan will also eat Sojos over HK ANY day of the week, BUT there are things like egg that he's 'allergic' to according to his SPOT allergy test (it's old, but I still u...
by 2dogpack
Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:43 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Ronan's turnaround. Houston? We have a happy dog again.
Replies: 6
Views: 2334

Ronan's turnaround. Houston? We have a happy dog again.

It's been just over a year since Tasha's passing. Just before the anniversary of her death, Ronan brought out a toy and gave it to me. This is huge. He hadn't done this since Tasha's death. Better yet, we played. He chased and caught the toy, and we chased each other through the house. He's perkier....
by 2dogpack
Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:26 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: dog bite from a "friendly" dog
Replies: 9
Views: 2567

Re: dog bite from a "friendly" dog

Ronan is one of those dogs who seemingly appears to be people friendly, but requires a little room to adjust. He sees people, he whines (happily). He's open mouthed and wiggly six ways til Sunday. He will run up to them, happy to see them.I know he's dying to be friendly. He'll jump, lick, wag - and...
by 2dogpack
Wed Sep 30, 2015 6:56 am
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: The Beelzepup turns 9!
Replies: 5
Views: 1341

The Beelzepup turns 9!

Ronan turned 9 last week. It was bittersweet as his ninth birthday also marks one year since Tasha's passing. This morning's antics proves Ronan doesn't feel 9. Ronan thought his morning's romp with my friend's cat, Bailey, was fun. Bailey, however, was not amused. She was far too intent on hunting ...
by 2dogpack
Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:16 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Older dogs and raw?
Replies: 8
Views: 1629

Re: Older dogs and raw?

That's what I did with Tasha. She got really sick eating raw, so I just cooked her food. Mostly, I added the meats to HK products. Other times, when she wasn't eating well, I gave her the cooked meats in with some canned, a little broth, a multivitamin, probiotics, fish oil, and Metamucil. At the en...
by 2dogpack
Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:24 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Daily fiber
Replies: 4
Views: 1045

Daily fiber

The vets think Ronan suffers from stress colitis combined with his age (can you believe the beelzepup is going to be NINE?).

They suggest long-term fiber and pro-biotics, though neither said exactly how much fiber to feed him. They said Metamucil is fine. How much would you add to his food?
by 2dogpack
Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:19 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Still constipated after 2nd enema
Replies: 31
Views: 7636

Re: Still constipated after 2nd enema

I think it's probably a good idea to treat for bad bacteria, too. The vet recommends a 2x daily probiotic + fiber for the rest of his life. Thinks Ronan has 'stress colitis' or something similar. Oh, Ronan! Everyone thinks the cure is another dog - which will add even MORE stress until it doesn't. T...
by 2dogpack
Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:48 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Still constipated after 2nd enema
Replies: 31
Views: 7636

Re: Still constipated after 2nd enema

Ronan is a Shikoku - primitive breed/mindset. He carries his stress in his gut for sure. He FINALLY went last night. Pudding, but I'll take it! This, after feeding him plain tilapia cooked in plain olive oil, then mixed with rice and his regular canned dog food all day yesterday. He still isn't hims...
by 2dogpack
Sun Jun 14, 2015 2:06 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Still constipated after 2nd enema
Replies: 31
Views: 7636

Re: Still constipated after 2nd enema

He pooped once between the regular vet and the ER vet, but it wasn't much at all. The regular vet didn't mention any inflammation, but that is a good question! He ate well yesterday, mediocre today. But no poop. WHERE is this dog putting/keeping it, especially since he's lost 4 pounds in 8 days? ETA...
by 2dogpack
Sat Jun 13, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Still constipated after 2nd enema
Replies: 31
Views: 7636

Re: Still constipated after 2nd enema

The regular vet was closed, so the ER vet didn't see the x-rays. But yes, the regular vet said she thought Ronan's large intestines were very full. So I suppose it was just a look over, poke, and abdominal palpatate diagnosis coupled with the fact he's not running a fever and not vomiting.
by 2dogpack
Sat Jun 13, 2015 1:22 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: No-chemical flea, tick, mosquito repellents
Replies: 6
Views: 1071

Re: No-chemical flea, tick, mosquito repellents

Wow! Chemical free for 13 years! That's great!

I don't know how Ronan feels about geranium oil. I know he likes the smell of cedar, though. He loves to roll in clean sheets that we keep in a cedar chest.
by 2dogpack
Sat Jun 13, 2015 1:14 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Still constipated after 2nd enema
Replies: 31
Views: 7636

Re: Still constipated after 2nd enema

So I took Ronan to the ER vet last night because my critique partner's niece, who is an ER vet in another state said that she didn't like the sounds of this at all. Dogs are rarely constipated, she says. Naturally, this made me highly concerned. Given that not much has happened at the regular vet an...
by 2dogpack
Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:32 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Still constipated after 2nd enema
Replies: 31
Views: 7636

Re: Still constipated after 2nd enema

Called the vet. He said they were concerned - maybe they're missing something. :eek: Yet, he wants to wait until tomorrow morning to see if all the pumpkin and the Lactulos will kick in unless Ronan appears to be in distress. :wtf: True, he's not vomiting, he's not pacing, and not whining. He even a...

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