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  1. Thanks for the information. I'll know what to ask for the next time I go to the grocery store.
  2. I'll have to investigate and learn more about the raw diet but for now I have been giving Zoe chicken and turkey necks about 3 times a week. She love, love loves them! When I pull one out of the freezer she bows, rolls over and begs without commands...lol. Do you let them eat the skin? I pulled the skin off...habit! I am also using a product to remove plaque and tarter. Her teeth are beginning to improve and her breath is 100% better. She use to smell like something died in her mouth from 4 feet away. Now just regular doggy breath. But her teeth are so bad, still dark yellow and brown but better than they were. I do try to brush her teeth. I bought a child's battery soft spin toothbrush. I really couldn't get to her teeth because she clamped her mouth shut. Even though I walk her every morning about a mile or so, when we get home she starts pestering me to let her play in the water. She loves to chase the water. I stand on the deck with the hose on jet and move it from one end of the yard to the other. She chases it and jumps high in the air snapping at the water. I keep doing it until she slows to a walk. Then she comes up on the deck and collapses at her water bowl, panting. Because of the high heat now I usually do this around 8:00 in the morning. When she is exhausted and panting her mouth is wide open so... I brush her teeth then and can get to all of them. She's too tired to care, I just lay her head in my lap and go to work about 3 or 4 times a week. I asked the guy in the meat dept at our "chain" grocery store for some rib bones and he showed me a pack of spare ribs for $17.00. Is this what you are feeding your dogs? If not, what do I ask for? Deborah
  3. Thanks to everyone who shared advice. I'm definitely going to start off giving Zoe some turkey or chicken necks, frozen. She loves it when an ice cube falls out of the ice maker and runs to grab it up as soon as she hears it hit the floor. I'll try some of the other bones you suggested also. I'll watch her but usually she is not a gulper. Thanks again for your help. Deborah
  4. About 9 months ago I adopted a 6 or 7 year old border collie from a shelter. We named her Zoe. I have posted here a couple of times right after we got her and you all have been very helpful. When she came to us she was under weight, scrappy looking and had horrible breath and dark stained teeth. One of her lower front teeth looks decayed and she drools constantly. I put her on a good quality grain free kibble and she gained about a pound each month until now she is at a healthy weight and her fur is beautiful and shinny. I got some Petrodex Enzymatic toothpaste and made an attempt to brush her teeth. That didn't go well...lol. She doesn't chew any chew toys or play tug. I think her teeth might be hurting her or at least sensitive. When I ask the vet about her teeth she told me not to brush them, just pour that dental stuff in her water. Her breath and teeth have gotten no better so I have been researching and learning how to brush her teeth and a doing better job. I recently ordered the Petzlife gel but haven't gotten it yet. I was reading on the boards yesterday about giving the dogs raw bones to clean their teeth, but I'm confused about what kind (or the best kind) to give her and where to get them. A couple of times I have given her the smoked bone with the marrow from Petco and she liked it but it upset her stomach. I could use some help. I feel bad her teeth are so bad but I don't want to have her put to sleep to have them cleaned if I don't have to. Deborah
  5. All this information has been helpful. I guess a lot depends on the region and habits of the dogs. I stayed with Interceptor and Frontline. After talking with a couple of the vet techs it seems to be OK to let them get wet and then rinse her off as long as I don't use soap. According to the vet our tick season is at it's worse Nov. through Feb. Then she suggests going back to Comfortis and Interceptor. She was telling me of a new dog collar coming out for ticks and fleas that last 6 months and you don't remove it when they get wet so they have continuous protection. She had not gotten them in yet and thought they were made by Interceptor, but not sure. Also, the Revolution that I was inquiring about she use to carry but after a year 6 of the dogs on it got heartworms and she quit selling it. This is unrelated but according the file I was given when I adopted Zoe she weighed 40 lbs coming into the shelter, but after being in the shelter she weighed 36 lbs and looked a little scrappy. I didn't have a clue as to what kind of food to give her as I have not owned a dog in years. My daughter suggested Pedigree and I soon learned that was a mistake. She started pulling her fur out and had awful stools and scooted which led to a vet visit to express her anal glands (something I knew nothing about...lol). I did some research and decided to feed her Wellness Core which is grain free and changed her treats to Natural Balance LIT, also grain free. The vet had put her on Benedryl twice a day but now she doesn't need it, no more scooting, pulling her fur out, and she gained 3 lbs. She's really starting to look beautiful and healthy. Thanks to everyone who gave me advice. I know I'll be needing it again. I have so much to learn! Deborah
  6. Thanks everyone for your advice. I'm going to ask the vet today about Revolution. She has not mentioned it to me but I was doing some research and came across it and went to their site where it states it's effective even if you bathe them 2 hours after applying. My husband and I are retired and I wanted to try buying her meds online but my vet charges $15.00 per prescription. Is this common? I feel better after finding out that Shoshone and Jagger didn't know how to play but learned. I have read with Border Collies you can teach them new things regardless of their age. We've only had her two months but she quickly became family. I don't know much about her history except in her file she had a certificate from the AKC for completing their Canine Good Citizen program. The rescue center said her owner was deployed and had no one to take her. My son will be deployed to Afghanistan soon so I guess that might have had a little to do with why I chose her. When he came home for Christmas he said he was taking the dog....lol. Thanks again; this is a great site! Deborah
  7. Thank you for your help. We are meeting with a trainer next week. She behaves perfectly but she has no interests in playing except when I take her on her walks. Then she tries to chase squirrels, birds, cats, etc. She even caught a large possum one evening and laid it at my feet! That's why I love taking her to the beach, she will try forever to herd the sand pipers and just has a great time. So far, she has not tried to swim and the vet said to make sure I have fresh water for her to drink. The trainer she will be working with has 3 border collies and thinks she may have been left alone by her previous owners and does not know how to play. This is Zoe...
  8. Hi, this is my first time posting. I adopted a 6 year old border collie from a border collie rescue place about 2 months ago. We named her Zoe and she's perfect! However, we live in Northern Florida on an Island with a small backyard that's not fenced in. We take Zoe for a mile walk every morning and evening; she loves the beach. I have tried Interceptor and Comfortis recommended by my vet, but she failed to tell me the Comfortis didn't protect from ticks. I began seeing ticks on her because she loves to jump in the tall grass and do her business. So, the vet put her on Frontline, but said I couldn't bath her. I've been reading about Revolution and wondered if any one has any advice about it's use. When we come back from the beach she is wet and sandy and I need to rinse her to get the salt water and sand off. I would appreciate any help because I want the best for her.
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