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by connie
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Oh the smell!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 1330

Re: Oh the smell!!!

Has anything happened recently to mess with his gut flora -- a course of antibiotics, or other meds?

I second the probiotics recommendation.
by connie
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: Peeks the rescue Merle Girl is intact and in season!
Replies: 24
Views: 2746

Re: Peeks the rescue Merle Girl is intact and in season!

Jean, this may not be Peeks's first heat while here, but she's so shut down most of the time that I might not have noticed. I saw this one because I was brushing her and saw small droplets of blood near her vulva. She might also be a dog who only has a season every 12 months or so, which is not unco...
by connie
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:13 am
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: Peeks the rescue Merle Girl is intact and in season!
Replies: 24
Views: 2746

Re: Peeks the rescue Merle Girl is intact and in season!

I calmed down a bit and yes, the rescue and I are talking this out. Pardon my language in my original post, but I have felt like several houses have been dropped on me lately, vet bill-wise, and finding out yesterday that Peekaboo is not spayed just put the icing on the cake, so to speak. If the res...
by connie
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: Peeks the rescue Merle Girl is intact and in season!
Replies: 24
Views: 2746

Peeks the rescue Merle Girl is intact and in season!

I'm so angry I'm spitting. In the summer of 2015, I offered to take in the Merle Girls, two Shelties that had been bred and owned by a hoarder in upstate NY. The Girls are sisters and were 12 at the time. The rescue told me that Posey could not have surgery because she had been diagnosed with mammar...
by connie
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Probiotics: human grade vs dog specific
Replies: 3
Views: 814

Re: Probiotics: human grade vs dog specific

I'm curious about this, but skeptical about the claim that the gut bacteria is that different. I went to the FortiFlora site and found that the ingredient they mention is Enterococcus faecium. http://www.fortiflorafordogs.com/usage.html Okay, what's that? "Enterococcus is a large genus of bacteria t...
by connie
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: Why do I hate trialing my dogs so much?
Replies: 20
Views: 2995

Re: Why do I hate trialing my dogs so much?


Also let’s not forget the shleping. Sometimes in the rain or 100 degree weather.
If I never feel another foldable crate banging against my shins as my dog pulls on his leash and my carrier bag slips off my shoulder, it will be too soon, that's all I can say. :tongue: :thumbdown:
by connie
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: Why do I hate trialing my dogs so much?
Replies: 20
Views: 2995

Re: Why do I hate trialing my dogs so much?

Yep! I was nodding as I read your post, Elizabeth! That's another really big aspect for me: I have many dogs. I take one dog to a trial. My other dogs are at home, and even with my petsitter coming in during the day, it's always 7 hours or so that I'm gone, and neither the dogs nor I like the disrup...
by connie
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Heartworm treatment
Replies: 33
Views: 3842

Re: Heartworm treatment

Dang, I didn't even think of giving 2 100-mg tabs! Now see, that's how upset by this I am -- the compliance part of MY brain was not present! :lol: It's a drop in the bucket, anyway, but I'll remember for any future use of the drug. Beau has a Lyme Quant test out and if it comes back positive, it's ...
by connie
Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Heartworm treatment
Replies: 33
Views: 3842

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Thanks, I'll look into that. Right now he gets doxy with each meal, and a probiotic in the middle of the day. When he has the Immiticide shots, he'll get CoQ10 and Hepaclenz for two months, and some other stuff I am blanking on right now. Roger at Marina's is sending supplements. ETA: I just ordered...
by connie
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Heartworm treatment
Replies: 33
Views: 3842

Re: Heartworm treatment

He's got to take the 200 mg tabs. Sixty tabs = $145. It is what it is. :thumbdown: My vet is excellent about sending me to pharmacies or even online when the price is significantly different, so I didn't check around. Looking now, online, I don't see any lower prices for the 200 mg tabs. He's on a m...
by connie
Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: Starting Over
Replies: 5
Views: 1288

Re: Starting Over

What else would you do? :smile:

Try something different, do whatever appeals to you -- and to the dogs. Katie's right, it's a process that's always evolving.
by connie
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Got Stay? May 2018 Training Challenge
Replies: 23
Views: 4827

Re: Got Stay? May 2018 Training Challenge

I'll do this with Miss Dee, who regards 'stay' as a momentary pause in her intentions. :cool: I'd like her to have a one-minute down-stay -- I may use a different cue word to let her know that it's a settle-in-place exercise -- and I want her to hold a stay even when there is food on the floor three...
by connie
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Heartworm treatment
Replies: 33
Views: 3842

Re: Heartworm treatment

Well, it wasn't a false positive, but it is a Stage 1 infestation, so that's better than -- I dunno, better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick? Alex tested negative; Dee and Beau test today. Rowley starts doxycycline (holy crap, $145 for a month's worth) today, with probiotics. I understand h...
by connie
Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Recurring diarrhea
Replies: 8
Views: 1089

Re: Recurring diarrhea

A short course of it is the absolute best thing, in my experience, for stopping diarrhea, but when it's given long-term, diarrhea is a not-uncommon side effect. I think Havana's been on it for more than a week, IIRC? https://www.petmd.com/pet-medication/metronidazole Not related to the topic here, b...
by connie
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Heartworm treatment
Replies: 33
Views: 3842

Re: Heartworm treatment

Yes, my vet was talking about how Frontline is pretty much useless now, it's so ineffective. The company still claims it works, he said, but the number of dogs who are found to have fleas and ticks while using Frontline is just crazy. I have ordered an essential oil blend for tick repellent this yea...
by connie
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:08 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Recurring diarrhea
Replies: 8
Views: 1089

Re: Recurring diarrhea

Good idea on the food, I think -- even pulverized, kibble can be less digestible to many dogs than a bland diet like white rice and boiled chicken. I'd do something like cook some white rice in chicken broth, add some baked chicken and baked sweet potato, and mush the whole thing to a thick soup con...
by connie
Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Heartworm treatment
Replies: 33
Views: 3842

Re: Heartworm treatment

Lyssa, I know, I was saying something similar to Alex's breeder today. She thinks that heartworm is so prevalent that pretty soon, every mosquito will be a carrier. I can't say she's wrong. She lives in TN, so for her heartworm is a year-round threat, but it's not something I thought was any signifi...
by connie
Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Heartworm treatment
Replies: 33
Views: 3842

Re: Heartworm treatment

Do you know what type of test they used? (In house or outside lab?). I’d probably want an outside lab retest just to be safe before treatment. Years ago, we did have one patient test positive on a Snap test but negative when tested at a lab. Just a thought ... Definitely want to be sure before any ...
by connie
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Heartworm treatment
Replies: 33
Views: 3842

Heartworm treatment

Oh goody, I get to learn about heartworm treatment now! Cancer and ehrlichiosis weren't interesting enough, I guess. Crap, I am SO UPSET about this! Rowley tested positive for heartworm on his annual exam, as you might have seen on FB. His vet was as stunned and upset as I was. I have not given chem...
by connie
Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: Maybe a new Wirehaired Vizsla in my future
Replies: 35
Views: 5489

Re: Maybe a new Wirehaired Vizsla in my future

Cinnabari

(Bari) for short gets my vote.😄
Yes! :lol: :lol:
by connie
Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: So I’m liking the little dog, who knew?
Replies: 9
Views: 1736

Re: So I’m liking the little dog, who knew?

Well, I would not have guessed! Sheena (RDM) has a mad passion for IGs, and since I will always and forever think of her as a "Border Collie person" I just don't get it. IG is probably the last breed I would acquire, but maybe it's moved up a bit on the list now! I am still saying NEVER to Pomerania...
by connie
Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: Why do I hate trialing my dogs so much?
Replies: 20
Views: 2995

Re: Why do I hate trialing my dogs so much?

it's also a money-making scam by the AKC. It’s not a scam. People petitioned to get these events added because they like the accessibility. I understand if you have negative feelings against AKC for personal reasons, but in this case, they are just giving the consumer what they want. I don't think ...
by connie
Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: Why do I hate trialing my dogs so much?
Replies: 20
Views: 2995

Re: Why do I hate trialing my dogs so much?

It's not much different, Jen. I am #95 on the wait list for a NW3 trial near me that takes place in May; with only 35 entries allowed in the trial, it's safe to say Alex and I will not be competing in that one. I enter 4 or 5 NW3 trials every year and I get into one, maybe two. On April 21, we are g...
by connie
Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: Why do I hate trialing my dogs so much?
Replies: 20
Views: 2995

Re: Why do I hate trialing my dogs so much?

I compete and title because it’s my hobby. I love titles and certificates from various registries and venues. There’s nothing wrong with not wanting it, but for some it’s entertainment and living vicariously through my dogs’ achievements. Lol Oh, I think it's much more than that, it's showing off t...
by connie
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Would you ever muzzle a dog for behavioral reasons?
Replies: 9
Views: 1485

Re: Would you ever muzzle a dog for behavioral reasons?

I agree, they have a connotation of 'dangerous dog' which is not even close to the reason they are used, very often. I wonder if a dog will become less emotionally charged while wearing a muzzle. I understand dogs like Buddy the OES and my Dee, who react/react/react and then find themselves way over...
by connie
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: Why do I hate trialing my dogs so much?
Replies: 20
Views: 2995

Re: Why do I hate trialing my dogs so much?

I currently work in a pet supply store and teach 4 classes a week. I love what I do but honestly the last thing I want to do on the weekend is hang out with dog people all day. I understand this 100%. I spend my days with my dogs -- working from home really is great for that -- and I go to three, o...
by connie
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Training challenge?
Replies: 10
Views: 1458

Re: Training challenge?

Aside from the group thing, what I want to work on is LEAVE IT with Dee. On her AAT exam that was the one thing she didn't ace -- she was pulling me towards the pathetic pile of four pieces of crappy kibble the whole time. My petsitter stayed in my house last week while I was in Louisiana and Dee we...
by connie
Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Training challenge?
Replies: 10
Views: 1458

Re: Training challenge?

Jean, I taught Rowley to bark on command, at the suggestion of Kevin Behan (a trainer in Vermont). I waited until he was barking, created a cue ('say woof!') and after a few times of eliciting the barking with the cue, I also cued a stop ('that'll do' with an upraised hand like a stop sign). That mi...
by connie
Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Training challenge?
Replies: 10
Views: 1458

Re: Training challenge?

I'm interested! What I really want is to work on control exercises in group settings. Unless I am at a training class, I never have only one dog with me; and I am really tired of a gaggle of dogs exploding out of my car, bursting out the door, etc. I need to work on group stays and calling a single ...
by connie
Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Photos & Videos
Topic: Visited Zeke today
Replies: 8
Views: 1365

Re: Visited Zeke today

Look at him, he is a crazy dog! :lol: :lol: What a good thing, to know that he is so happy and that he remembers you and is so happy to see you. It's got to be reassuring, too, to hear that he is the same dog in this home -- for me, that would validate the decision to rehome him. If he has to deal w...

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