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  1. Gentle Lake mentioned that fear can make a border collie express her glands. She does express them when she has fear. She also expresses them when we play ball. I took my vet to the vet to have her anal glands expressed and the next day she had expressed them all over her rear end as it was wet and stinky. The next day I took her to a different vet, and he said that one was 1/2 full and the other 3/4. Only dark liquid comes out. Today she expressed them on her bed covers, and she had just been to the vet yesterday. He said they are not inflamed. How soon do glands fill up? I am se
  2. Thanks again. My intuition told me if he puts a collar on her that shocks or hurts, then she will always think that I am going to hurt her, with or without that collar. I feel for any fear aggressive dog that he handles.
  3. I had watched a video by a dog trainer, who said to never get into a dog's face. He talked about how people are always reaching down to pet dogs. Then I called a dog trainer, who said that my dog was just trying to get me out of her face because she was afraid of me. she felt cornered. both times she hit me in the face she thought I was going to do something to her. he suggested training, but he would put a color on her that would, I am not sure, maybe a shock collar or a punch collar. I don't think so. IN other words, he wanted to set up the situation, and when she lunges, she gets hurt. But
  4. Thanks so much Wick. I will do that now.
  5. Thanks Gentle Lake, She does have thyroid issues, and Dr. Dodd said that the amount of meds she is on is fine now, so I now have the reports and know what her levels should be, although I thought that the T4 was a little high, but not by much. I noticed this vet doesn't allow anyone to come into the exam room. I don't like it, but I knew if Mocha didn't like going to her I would know. I say this because I had taken her to a vet who took a cyst out of her, and when he picked her up, I warned him first that she would urinate on him. and she did. She spent the night there for surger
  6. Thanks for your posts. Gloria. Actually, she was 8 weeks old when I got her. I wasn't thinking. I just wish that I had not listened to any of the trainers. And now I feel that she and I are walking on egg shells again. She has hated being brushed since she was 8 weeks old, and that has never changed. Most dogs love it. Today, when I brushed her I had to cut out some matts that I should not have been allowed to develop, but I had been ill for a month. I thought to give her animal treats while doing it to see if that would help. It really didn't but she was good. And of course I w
  7. I am sitting here right now with a large black eye from my 10 year old border collie punching me in the face with his nose, hard. I think some border collies are born with fear aggression. My dog started with it when she was 6 weeks old. I have posted on here often. There was a time when two different trainers told me how to handle her, and it made her worse. One said to put her on the ground and knee her. She growled more. Another said to take her by the cheeks and hold then and scream at her, it wanted to attack me then. I held on until she calmed down. Today we wanted to go with us and w
  8. Found a vet that will use Dr. Dodds lab. Thanks again.
  9. GentleLake. I can't add a link here for some reason, but it can be googled: thyroid, border collie rescue. I can type it out: www.bcrescue.org/thyroid.
  10. I also read an article by dr. Nicholas B Carter of Border Collie Rescue, and he said that because Border Collies are bred to run many hours a day, and because pets don't get that exercise, they get fat. And their metabolism is very efficient and so their T4 would be on the lower side. I also read that the normal range for dogs is T4 1 to 4. The first test was found, and her T4 was 1.3. So, I guess I will just have her retested and consider getting her off thyroid med. It would be interesting to see what others think of this though.
  11. Hi, I had my dog tested for thyroid at a vet, and he said that the T4 came back as 1. So he put her on thyroid med, and then the T4 was 4.4 high. She has not been doing good on her medication, and I got my last test result, but the hospital didn't have the first one and neither did the dr. I read online that T4 is normal at 1. (This number could have been over 1 but certainly not 2. but this is for humans, so what is the difference? can I lower her meds?
  12. What I found the vet gave her is Soloxine. hope she will begin to feel better and lose weight. thanks again.
  13. hi, I am just opposed to synthetic drugs, but after reading what Dr. Dodd said, it seems like levothyroxine is a better choice, that is, if it is a brand name and not generic. thanks.
  14. i will try dr. jean dodds, as I have called every vet here and live in a very small town away from everything. I just want a starting dose so that my dog doesn't get too much, and then in 6 weeks I can have her tested again. thank you.
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