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  1. I was able to talk to one of the vet techs I know that is very knowledgeable. Ceile has come up with a nasty fish smell that isn't related to her anal glands. The good thing is that she isn't showing any signs of being ill otherwise. The tech said to give her a sits bath or just a good washing with Epsom salts and see if that clears things up. She said it could just be something simple and to try the bath and call again on Monday and let them know if things have changed. I am also changing Ceile's food; apparently that can be a factor (got that from an internet search to reputable sites,
  2. Ceile started cycling November 8th and after three weeks there was no discharge anymore. Everything was returning to normal pretty quickly and then on December 13th after she peed she had a two to three inch string of mucous dangling from her vulva. I took her to the vet the next day. She jumped out of the way when the tech was trying to get a urine sample but I told her that there should be enough for a sample if they wanted to get it with a catheter. As far as I know they didn't even try. The vet took a blood sample and told me that it was unlikely to be pyometra because "if a dog has th
  3. I keep hydrogen peroxide on hand as well. Ceile decided to chow down on mushrooms last year on a hike. My vet told me to check the expiration date as it will become less and less effective overtime requiring more to get them to vomit. A new bottle every so often is an inexpensive investment. Diane Allen: Yes it was her mammary but the vet thought maybe pyometra first even though there was no discharge. The thing that concerned her was that both pyometra and mastitis should have (normally) showed up long before now. We might never know the exact cause. There was also nothing able to
  4. Thank you for your kind thoughts. She's almost back to normal. After the swelling began to go down she did get a wide red streak alongside the swollen gland, but this was after she was already on the mend. It may even have been due to the insane swelling that almost doubled the size of her one hind leg causing rubbing in the groin area. That freaked me out a little but the vet said it was normal enough, that it was just the lymph as things were being cleaned up in the mammary. He wasn't too worried as long as she kept showing signs of improvement and nothing turned black and hard. I
  5. Three days ago I noticed one of Ceile's mammary glands was a tiny bit swollen. She's due to start cycling soon so I thought I'd just keep an eye on it - that it was probably hormones. She was her usual crazy-busy self. We went for a long hike and, other than she was being picky at mealtime seemed normal; we coaxed her a little and she ate. The day before yesterday was the same. In the morning her mammary gland was the same and she was as lively as ever; even at 9:30 that night she was still trying to goad us into playing ball in the living room. We had company so when she disappeared at
  6. All went well for the first while. I love this dog! She learned in a few days with a complete amateur like me on chickens almost as much as my first collie learned in two weeks with a professional on sheep (not the trainer's fault, Darcy had drive just not a lot of talent). We now have a good start on our directions as well as 'look back' and 'get out', unfortunately that is where we are going to have to stop. The chickens have figured her out and now when she approaches they hurry off in all directions and simply refuse to come back. Ceile was going to force her will upon them but I thou
  7. Well, that was a good bit of fun! I had some small exercise pens available and corralled the chickens in there. They were too busy eating the grain I sprinkled in order to get them out of the garden and into the pen to worry about a dog so, at first, Ceile didn't think it was worth much of a look. I thought it was going to be a bust but I stuck a broom handle over the fence and stirred them up a bit. Once Ceile began to run around the outside things got a little more lively. I was so thankful for a little banty hen that was determined to keep as far away from Ceile as possible. Without h
  8. I was supposed to take Ceile to sheep and a good instructor in March but due to covid -19 we are stuck here at home with only chickens. She's keen to work and actually began gathering on her own ( she was supervised but not being commanded). This wasn't just following a chicken, she'd been doing that for three days and then decided they should all be together. I have done a bit of herding in the past but never started a dog although I know the theory and have watched numerous videos on starting dogs. I'm not sure the chickens are a good place to try and teach come bye and away though. If
  9. Turns out Ceile is either allergic or highly sensitive to both corn and wheat. She's doing much better with time and probiotics and has gained a reasonable amount of weight. I can still see her ribs but at least the neighbours can't from their balcony so that's okay, lol. The photo is from our walk a couple of days ago.
  10. He's beautiful. That's what all my other border collies looked like at that age. I used to call Darcy "Bean" because she was so thin; all tall and no width, lol. That's a nice weight. I used to tell people in my obedience classes to keep their dogs on the thinner side then scare them with the stats on hip dysplasia just for good measure. It worked for a lot of them, not all unfortunately. My aunt used to think that if her dog showed any kind of a tuck up it was starving to death. Instead her dogs always carried about an inch of fat over their tail head. Mom and I tried many times to ex
  11. I know right! I hate getting stopped on the street and told how skinny my dog is. Most of the people are well meaning and good when I just tell them, "yah, we're working on that". Some I know would report me for abuse if they knew my name. Lovely world we live in. I had her on less food just after I wormed her thinking that would solve the problem but she had a sudden growth spurt and started eating everything, paper, hair off the floor and mushrooms to name a few! That was terrifying. That's when I boosted her food until we settled on what she's eating now. That's another t
  12. Let's start with this. My pup NEVER has a distended abdomen after eating. My point in talking about the dachshunds (who were greedy little sneak thieves and not fed large doses of food on a regular basis) was to point out that a dog who was over eating to the point of getting diarrhea would almost certainly show physical signs of it, such as a distended belly. Again you can barely FEEL a difference between a full belly and an empty belly on my pup, let alone see one, ever! Skinny - this pup was, for a time through some major growth spurts, skeletal. No disrespect meant but I'm talkin
  13. We've had a ton of snow which means the place we used for her to relieve herself was constantly being cleared away and I've kept her out of the barnyard since last treating her for the giardia and worms. Now that the snow is melting we are able to use a different area for her to relieve herself and the grass is only just beginning to show around the buildings so I don't think that's it although I understand what you're saying and I understand it may still be a place of reinfection. I've gone back and looked at everything and in the meantime kept feeding her little bits of apple since
  14. Thanks, I hadn't seen it. Gave it a read and actually feel better. My other young collies had heavier coats, Ceile is smooth coated. It's possible they were just as scary skinny and I just couldn't see it.
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