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by mtlu
Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:03 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Vaccination protocol
Replies: 20
Views: 10214

Re: Vaccination protocol

3-year protocol is standard here but bordetella is recommended every 6 months (or annually - can't remember) if dog is in boarding. I've been getting titres for Molly instead of the doing the 3-yr thing. The problem is rabies - proof of vaccination is required for licensing so I have allowed her lic...
by mtlu
Thu Nov 14, 2013 12:15 am
Forum: Equipment, Housing, Supplies and Accessories
Topic: FURminator
Replies: 3
Views: 881

Re: FURminator

I would consider some other things before reaching for a Furminator - I'm sure it's a great tool but seems a bit overkill for a breed with short single coat. Does her skin also seem dry, potentially flaky? You mentioned she has been with you for only a month, did she come from a different area (clim...
by mtlu
Wed Nov 13, 2013 11:59 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: CCL repair walking video - Feedback wanted
Replies: 8
Views: 5597

Re: CCL repair walking video - Feedback wanted

She looks great! Don't freak out about comparing her to other videos you are finding! lol DO let her walk on dirt/sand/gravel - better traction and sand will make her toes want to grip and that is a better action to encourage her to use her foot. Asphalt isn't bad but it's still relatively smooth. W...
by mtlu
Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:11 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: New dog and obsessive toy behavior
Replies: 21
Views: 906

Re: New dog and obsessive toy behavior

I still feel some concern over how this shelter is handling him. Ideally, when a dog is given prozac, there is also a behavior modification program put into effect, i.e. training/desensitizing for fear issues or something like that. Putting a young dog on drugs and not seeming to be able to provide ...
by mtlu
Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:42 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: New dog and obsessive toy behavior
Replies: 21
Views: 906

Re: New dog and obsessive toy behavior

Wow, what an awful situation. I don't think you should dwell on feeling like a failure but really question what the organization he came from is doing to the dogs in their care. Prozac is one of those drugs that one should not stop taking/administering cold turkey but rather taper down/wean off. It ...
by mtlu
Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:24 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Knee Surgery - Yes or no?
Replies: 16
Views: 9804

Re: Knee Surgery - Yes or no?

You know, when I was researching the options for fixing Molly's knee the first time, I was super frustrated and worried and could not understand why NO ONE could tell me what which option was BEST. Having been through it twice now (and with a plate removal to boot), I can understand why that best an...
by mtlu
Thu Oct 31, 2013 3:10 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Knee Surgery - Yes or no?
Replies: 16
Views: 9804

Re: Knee Surgery - Yes or no?

I think most doctors tend to push for what they know how to do, and most will specialize on one type of repair rather than the range of options so of course, each will push for the solution they can provide. We opted for TPLO both times for Molly because of her age and energy level at the times that...
by mtlu
Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:48 am
Forum: Equipment, Housing, Supplies and Accessories
Topic: waterproofing?
Replies: 3
Views: 841

Re: waterproofing?

Second the raincoat. Somewhat dense reading but much of the waterproofing options are not safe for people, pets or the environment: http://oecotextiles.wordpress.com/2010/02/10/what-about-soil-resistant-finishes-like-scotchgard-goretex-nanotex-and-greenshield-are-they-safe/" onclick="window.open(thi...
by mtlu
Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:38 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Knee Surgery - Yes or no?
Replies: 16
Views: 9804

Re: Knee Surgery - Yes or no?

I second the advice to skip the vet and find a really good orthopedic specialist in your area. Have been through this twice with my dog (and she did have surgery on both knees but a year apart) and if something ever happens with any future dogs I own, I would skip spending any more money at a regula...
by mtlu
Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:22 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: ACL repair. To knife or not.
Replies: 31
Views: 13872

Re: ACL repair. To knife or not.

Fingers crossed her other knee is ok!
by mtlu
Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:20 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Anal gland question
Replies: 17
Views: 7806

Re: Anal gland question

Yep, Molly had to have her anal glands manually expressed multiple times after being on salmon oil for about 9 months. Then I stopped giving her salmon oil for over a year but have her back on grizzly pollack oil (for higher EPA percentage) because of early/developing arthritis concerns. I'm adding ...
by mtlu
Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:14 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: SAM-e - anyone giving it to their dogs?
Replies: 7
Views: 4159

Re: SAM-e - anyone giving it to their dogs?

turtle , thanks for replying! I have seen more info for SAM-e helping liver function than that of osteoarthritis but there does seem to be some info supporting evidence that it can help with arthritis if you google for SAM-e + arthritis. Honestly, I'm still on the fence about it. It also has effect...
by mtlu
Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:12 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Allergies re: Class, Order, Family, Species, etc.
Replies: 6
Views: 3950

Re: Allergies re: Class, Order, Family, Species, etc.

It sounds like Bailey's reactions are a bit stronger than Molly's. I've never had to give her benadryl for hives (phew!) and she usually just gets yeasty ears and some general itchiness. Do you keep a food diary for Bailey? If it's hard to keep an eye on things or be consistent about taking notes, y...
by mtlu
Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:14 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Allergies re: Class, Order, Family, Species, etc.
Replies: 6
Views: 3950

Re: Allergies re: Class, Order, Family, Species, etc.

If you've narrowed it down to beef, I would leave it at that. How extreme are Bailey's allergic reactions? Through a process of elimination, I figured out a long time ago that Molly was also allergic to beef but she has still been given bovine products here and there without any major effects. I use...
by mtlu
Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:43 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: SAM-e - anyone giving it to their dogs?
Replies: 7
Views: 4159

Re: SAM-e - anyone giving it to their dogs?

Thanks again, Misskiwi! I will be talking to at least two vets here also after I do some more research so hopefully I will get to a point where I can decide how to proceed. It's great that there are so many options with supplements but also so much additional research to do.

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