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by JudyL
Sun Mar 05, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: Run free, Mitzi
Replies: 6
Views: 2715

Re: Run free, Mitzi

I'm so sorry for your loss, Jean. Your tribute is beautiful, and I'm glad you and Mitzi had these wonderful years together and that you enjoyed her playful, bubbly personality. I know all too well what you are going through with continuing to catch yourself starting part of Mitzi's care routine and ...
by JudyL
Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: MP's got the tick disease(s)!
Replies: 35
Views: 8513

Re: MP's got the tick disease(s)!

Wow, I'm sorry to hear this, Nana, and I hope that antibiotic has MP feeling better very soon. I'm glad that your vet has another drug that also works well in these cases so that you don't have to rely solely on doxy. The ticks are already out here too, and they will be bad this year with the mild w...
by JudyL
Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Benson's diet - CHF and lower sodium?
Replies: 5
Views: 1824

Re: Benson's diet - CHF and lower sodium?

Thank you!
by JudyL
Sat Feb 25, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Benson's diet - CHF and lower sodium?
Replies: 5
Views: 1824

Re: Benson's diet - CHF and lower sodium?

Uh, I was looking at the DM columns, not the as received. I see the 0.18% listed for Keen's sodium. Is it that I don't convert the "as received" figures at all because adding water doesn't change the nutrient profile, only the volume of it? Head spinning now. Am I on the right track? It looks like F...
by JudyL
Sat Feb 25, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Benson's diet - CHF and lower sodium?
Replies: 5
Views: 1824

Re: Benson's diet - CHF and lower sodium?

This is always confusing to me. I can see the differences in the sodium levels between the varieties of THK on as received and on dry matter basis, so I can see, for example, that Keen has about 1/2 the sodium of Force. What I can't figure out how to convert from dry matter or as received basis to "...
by JudyL
Sat Feb 25, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Benson's diet - CHF and lower sodium?
Replies: 5
Views: 1824

Benson's diet - CHF and lower sodium?

Most of you know that Benson was hospitalized for the second time with CHF, this time for 3 1/2 days before the vets were able to stabilize him. Even with the very high diuretics he's on, his kidney values are still perfect because of his younger age, but he was low on potassium and sent home with a...
by JudyL
Fri Feb 24, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: My boys are gone...
Replies: 20
Views: 7545

Re: My boys are gone...

I'm so very sorry that you lost both handsome boys. Having that happen so close together, and with Orion's without warning must make it that much harder to bear. :sad:
by JudyL
Sun Feb 05, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Ole's got a bright red anus
Replies: 6
Views: 2199

Re: Ole's got a bright red anus

Haha, brakelight!!!
by JudyL
Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Ole's got a bright red anus
Replies: 6
Views: 2199

Re: Ole's got a bright red anus

If it's totally impacted but not (yet) ruptured or opened on its own then there wouldn't be a smell because nothing is getting out. Sometimes a dog will scoot if a food causes an allergic reaction because the area itches too, so you could be right about this being related to the foods. It could be t...
by JudyL
Fri Feb 03, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Ole's got a bright red anus
Replies: 6
Views: 2199

Re: Ole's got a bright red anus

The whole thing or mostly on one side? Impacted anal gland?
by JudyL
Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Feeding help!
Replies: 12
Views: 3395

Re: Feeding help!

Adding to Nana's suggestions of changing it up, texture can also make a difference to some dogs. If it's super moist, you can make it into something similar to semi-moist treat nuggets by spreading it thin in a skillet or by baking it.

Freezing in a Kong like a treat is another idea.
by JudyL
Sat Jan 28, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Feeding help!
Replies: 12
Views: 3395

Re: Feeding help!

Sorry, I just reread your post about the Cushing's treatment is to suppress the adrenal gland so less cortisol is produced & treatment is the pred so that you are trying to balance the amount of steroid in him. I agree with Jen about getting calories in him, whatever it may be that he'll tolerate an...
by JudyL
Sat Jan 28, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Feeding help!
Replies: 12
Views: 3395

Re: Feeding help!

Does his Cushings condition require him to eat frequent meals so that missing meals or fasting is harmful? Sorry I haven't experienced that condition to know! The orange fluffer has gone as long as 3+ days without eating during some of her hospitalizations, but she sure was eager to eat once she got...
by JudyL
Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: A (nother) poop thread -with pictures!
Replies: 7
Views: 2312

Re: A (nother) poop thread -with pictures!

Well that's a relief. What about the weight loss though? Any ideas there?
by JudyL
Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: A (nother) poop thread -with pictures!
Replies: 7
Views: 2312

Re: A (nother) poop thread -with pictures!

Yuck. Could it be something in his food that is coming through undigested, like some sort of grain? Something he is eating in the yard? What is he currently eating?
by JudyL
Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: See ya 'round, Fannie
Replies: 14
Views: 5204

Re: See ya 'round, Fannie

So sorry, Lynn. As you said, this is L's typical response when things aren't to her liking, and she'll get over it. Just keep telling yourself that you are doing this because it's what's best for Fannie. I also don't understand her reaction to the boarding situation unless she's just picking apart y...
by JudyL
Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: See ya 'round, Fannie
Replies: 14
Views: 5204

Re: See ya 'round, Fannie

Lynn, I'm sorry things aren't working out with Fannie but don't beat yourself up over this decision. You're doing it because it is what's in the best interest for Fannie, for all of the dogs, and for you. It would be more unfair of you to keep her all the while knowing that it would be a life of bei...
by JudyL
Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cetyl-M for joint?
Replies: 2
Views: 1429

Re: Cetyl-M for joint?

Yes, cetyl myristoleate. I've heard of it before from some of the horse products where it is combined in with other ingredients like glucosamine and MSM . I don't remember now if any of my friends tried it or used it with success, I know that I didn't use it.
by JudyL
Sun Nov 20, 2016 12:39 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Wit's. End.
Replies: 8
Views: 6017

Re: Wit's. End.

Nothing to add on the testing that others haven't already mentioned. Does he still enjoy going outside in general other than walks, or is being outside anytime also problematic? I'm wondering if his eyes are sensitive or painful in the cooler and drier air. When Chi would have a flare up of the corn...
by JudyL
Tue Oct 25, 2016 1:50 pm
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: Another Finnish Lapphund! (Not quite yet, but in the works)
Replies: 14
Views: 8476

Re: Another Finnish Lapphund! (Not quite yet, but in the works)

She sounds like a wonderful dog, Connie. What and interesting turn of events that went from picking up a dog at the airport to knowing Siili will be with you in the near future.
by JudyL
Tue Sep 27, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: Annoyed with my vet and this latest mistake in the series of many
Replies: 11
Views: 3736

Re: Annoyed with my vet and this latest mistake in the series of many

Hi all, this update is for my own tracking of the issues with my current vet so that it's all in one place for me to find again. Since starting this topic, you all know that Cinnabon is now seeing a cardiac specialist. The day I took her to the regular vet toward the end of summer of 2015, the vet a...
by JudyL
Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Heartguard or Interceptor?
Replies: 9
Views: 3025

Re: Heartguard or Interceptor?

I'm *still* in the process of trying to buy a drug! What I wanted to pass along is something my vet said about a difference between the ivermectin and milbemycin. She said that the milbemycin has a faster kill off than the ivermectin (more gradual), so that if a dose is missed and then milbemycin is...
by JudyL
Fri Sep 23, 2016 12:49 pm
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: I'm HOME!
Replies: 6
Views: 2956

Re: I'm HOME!

Yay! Great to see you made it.
by JudyL
Fri Sep 23, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: A Max Update
Replies: 6
Views: 3088

Re: A Max Update

Hi Ashley, since our chat last night I had a chance to look up Chi's meds. She was originally put on the niacinamide and then the doxy after the biopsy. The eye problems surfaced about 7-8 months later and that is when I took her off the B3. I didn't notice any slip backward so I can't say that the ...
by JudyL
Fri Sep 23, 2016 1:02 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: A Max Update
Replies: 6
Views: 3088

Re: A Max Update

I'm glad you are continuing to find ways to manage his condition including the dosing of the medicines. I've found that to be very important with all of the meds for Cinnabon. I've been charting it out and really thinking about the effects of each and when the optimal time to give each one for maxim...
by JudyL
Thu Sep 22, 2016 3:06 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cinnabon and Benson
Replies: 3
Views: 1352

Cinnabon and Benson

Hi all, I know many of you see the posts on facebook after my dogs' vet visits, but I didn't realize that I hadn't posted anything about my goings on here since I lost ChiChi and then Dixie, and that was over a year ago. Time is really flying by and it's definitely time for an update. Cinnabon - nex...
by JudyL
Thu Sep 22, 2016 1:59 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Heartguard or Interceptor?
Replies: 9
Views: 3025

Heartguard or Interceptor?

I've had enough heartworm medicine on hand from all the dogs that didn't realize Interceptor is back on the market. What are your reasons for liking one over another of the heartwormers these days? This is for Benson and he weighs just 4 lbs. My vet is recommending Heartguard without the "Plus" and ...
by JudyL
Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:04 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Smokey diarrhea over 24 hrs
Replies: 13
Views: 3898

Re: Smokey diarrhea over 24 hrs

Ythey didn't think the Gabapentin contributed to the diarrhea, he just started it when it began. I'm glad you took him in. What you wrote about the gabapentin is ambiguous to me. Had the diarrhea already started and then you gave the med, or did the runny poo start around the same time and after yo...
by JudyL
Wed Sep 21, 2016 3:48 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Smokey diarrhea over 24 hrs
Replies: 13
Views: 3898

Re: Smokey diarrhea over 24 hrs

Please take your dog to the vet ASAP. Diarrhea this long needs to be addressed by a medical professional, and as MP mentioned, he may be dehydrated and may need fluid therapy. It might have started with food or some bug, but the gabapentin may also be the cause of the diarrhea or certainly adding to...
by JudyL
Sun Sep 18, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: Question re rescues and crate training?
Replies: 10
Views: 4123

Re: Question re rescues and crate training?

Congrats to all. Atlas, you are one lucky dog. :)

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