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  1. Sue R- that's a really good point. To expand on it with a personal note- I have a dog who has only one functioning lung, elderly, etc. It's really given me a different perspective on it. Vets have to think about that kind of dog too, or how to keep the young unvaccinated pup, or the immunocompromised dog, or whatever, safe from my one-lung dog, as well as keeping my one-lung dog safe from what it might catch there.
  2. Yup. I got a dog pumpkin jumper in the pound shop for the small dog who has to be kept clipped for mud reasons. Keeps her warm on walks. So if that counts then definitely. She probably won't be wearing it on Halloween though because it's a little bit warmer than it has been this week, so she doesn't need it.
  3. Duck necks- good or bad? For whatever reason they're the neck I find easiest to get.
  4. Could not figure out how my dog's 'stay' command had become so terrible. She would wait for a second and then get up and wander off. I then watched my family, when leaving the house for several hours, say 'stay' to the dog to stop her following them out the door. It had become an all purpose thing used all the time. Hmmm. Stay solidly in one position for six hours, or just learn that 'stay' means 'eh, don't follow me for a minute or two'? I was so pissed off. They didn't get it.
  5. I often take my dog on the train because it's an easy way to get to local parks. I take her into the shop with me because it means that I can get a couple of minutes of training and mental stimulation in for an elderly dog with a slow body and a busy mind. Plus I feel it's good bonding-and-building-communication-with-the-deaf-dog time, and she can sometimes get a little anxious if I am not there, and it means that I can bring her for a walk and do my errands without having to leave her alone in a car for too long. She seems to like it, and knows by now what the etiquette is and what I expect of her. I usually have planned in my head what I want to get anyway, and know exactly where it is and don't have to spend any time thinking about it, so I can devote attention to the dog. So we can practice heeling past the dog treats and then she gets a cheap tennis ball for her trouble. Not at all saying that you should do as I do, Diane, you raise very valid and reasonable points. I'm just explaining why I do it. D'Elle- I hope so too. Thank you for reminding me to see it from the previous dog owner's point of view too.
  6. Even if I walk away and say nothing, if someone working there then thinks "Hey, there is a person with dogs, there is dog urine, obvious answer is..." it becomes my problem. Not like there are a lot of dogs in and out of this shop. The other local business that allowed dogs, stopped, because of a similar problem.
  7. D'Elle- that's fair. I guess I was just quite frustrated at having to deal with that person's problem and looking like I had caused the problem, because I go there a lot and I want to be allowed back.
  8. Was in a garden centre with my dog yesterday, buying dog food. She was sniffing about the place as she usually does and she started being intensely interested in the dog beds. I checked out what she was sniffing, as I always do, and realized it was a dried puddle of dog piss where a dog had obviously lifted their leg on the beautiful new dog beds. So I had to go and get the management and be like "Look, I know how this looks, but it genuinely was not my dog, she just found it." Like they would believe that. It's so nice of them to allow dogs in the first place, I've been in there with three dogs in tow and make sure to keep them quiet, bring them in only when they're clean, not let them poke or eat anything. I make sure that I get out of the aisle and out of the way if anyone seems to be nervous around dogs. I do the same on the train, in the train station, anywhere that allows dogs as a courtesy. If that was my shop, and I was the owner, I would sure as hell reconsider letting dogs in if there was dog urine on things I was trying to sell. Just- grrr. So annoyed at whoever it was. It's not that hard to keep an eye on your dog. How do you deal with these things? How would you have dealt with that situation? And have you your own stories about dog owners in public places?
  9. Try giving her most or all of her food as 'treats'- don't use dog treats at all, just use her kibble. Measure it out in the morning and bring it in a bag for training. Edit: pick a kibble with very small pieces for this. Small pieces are often better for training 'cos the dog eats them faster, and you will get more rewards out of the same volume or weight of kibble.
  10. Urge to Herd- my little dog travels in the back seat, as she has done for years and years. But she has been doing this since before I was anything but vaguely aware of the existence of dog crates and she did not always have her dog seatbelt on her. I have since become much more cautious about these things, though I still cannot find a tested seatbelt that is within my budget. One day I decided I would bring my friend's dog for a walk with us, since my friend was sick and couldn't walk it. All well and good. Put both into the back of the car and set off. At some point my friend's dog started growling. So my dog tentatively put her head in between the seats to get into the front, something she knows she is not allowed to do. "No! Bad dog! Very bad dog!" So she sheepishly, with much bowing and kowtowing and the apologetic tail wag, climbs into the front seat and settles down to sleep. I should have left it there. Instead I scold and berate and the dog in the back keeps growling. My dog decided that the best thing to do in this scenario would be to fix the problem of me being angry. So to fix that problem she could not go into the back seat, because angry dog. But she could climb onto my lap and lick my face. I pulled over immediately and put the growling dog into the trunk.
  11. Long line! They're so useful. They allow the dog a bit of freedom to sniff without the dog actually ever being completely out of your control, able to 'blow you off' etc. It builds a habit in the dog of listening to you.
  12. Waffles- I love sciencebasedmedicine.org, it's one of my regular reads. Blackdawgs- excellent response.
  13. If there was anyone I would trust to make the correct decision for their dog on this, it would be you, GentleLake. I am really sorry that you had to go through this, and I'm sure you will be second-guessing yourself, but (for the little that it's worth) it sounds like you really did the right thing. Both for Wink, who as you say will hopefully have the resources of the rescue rather than an individual, and for Tansy and your other dogs. You upheld your responsibilities, to protect your dogs, and who can do better than that?
  14. I would seriously like to see a citation for the claim that chiropractic can reverse spondylosis. If this is true it should be easy enough to demonstrate with a double blinded randomized controlled trial published in a reputable journal.
  15. I've a dog who I bring out to the city with me for lunch, the 'go sit on your blanket' command has been wonderful for crowded rush-hour public transport, restaurants etc.
  16. If you are going to try it, consider this. It looked like it was going to be a promising treatment, the evidence showed otherwise in humans, now people mostly recommend it either because they have not kept up with the evidence or as something for the pet owner to do that won't hurt but doesn't have much evidence of helping. The reason it was tried in dogs was mostly because of promising early research in humans- later research showed little evidence of benefit. The evidence in dogs is weak and conflicting. I have two arthritic dogs and I decided that it didn't seem good enough evidence to give it to mine. I'd rather spend the money on the petrol to drive them to their beach to swim. I found swimming really, really seems to help her. As does simply paddling. And of course it's vitally necessary that they get to go to new places to swim so that they can roll in interesting things. https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/glucosamine-update-a-new-study-and-a-new-product/ http://skeptvet.com/Blog/2015/02/what-you-know-that-aint-necessarily-so-glucosamine-arthritis-in-dogs/ https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/the-top-ten-pet-supplements-do-they-work/
  17. I know one dog who has a single dew claw on one hind foot, not attached to anything but skin (you can take hold of it and move it freely up and down the leg with the little bit of loose skin). To me, if the dog was mine and was going in for another operation, I would get that one removed. It's a black nail that serves no useful purpose and just gets quicked or left too long. I would be afraid of it catching on something and ripping off.
  18. SEQUEL, SEQUEL! Bravo! Yeah, I don't actually have a useful contribution, I just enjoyed reading. I want a meat cleaver but considering the culinary uses to which I have put an axe*, I am not sure I should own one. *Can be used as a handy-dandy tin opener if you are careful not to make a mess, also good for chopping up frozen bones for stock (what? It's going to be boiled for eight hours!)
  19. My parents often had collies when they were young. My dad would point out a monument 20 miles away from his home and talk about the time he and the dog went there for the day, via bicycle when he was about 11, and came back at the night. They did this all the time, temperate climate, with careful conditioning of the dog beforehand. Not suggesting it's something everyone should do, they didn't exactly have all this research on joints etc. at their fingertips, but it is amazing the physical feats these dogs are capable of. He is still someone who always makes sure his dogs have enough exercise, off-leash, every day.
  20. That yellow bandana thing is such a good idea. I too have found clicker (well, marker) training very good for a 'spooked' dog. Today the dog I walk went through a busy crowd with four kids cycling just past her nose, another dog sniffing at her, and a loud truck passing and beeping- all at once. Not a peep out of the dog who once couldn't handle a solitary car driving at a distance past her.
  21. Elwood- I don't think dogs are necessarily getting more cancer- how many dogs who now 'have cancer' would simply have been diagnosed as being 'off their food' or 'getting old'? Dogs don't seem to die now of 'getting old' (i.e. suddenly losing masses of weight, showing abnormal neurological symptoms, wounds that would not heal, large tumors, stopping eating etc) as much, though I have seen dogs with the above symptoms who were 'just old' and had to 'die in peace' at home without treatment. That's what many older people told me about my own dog, but I brought her to the vet and had her diagnosed with cancer. Or how many would have died of distemper before ever getting a chance to get cancer? Plus there's the other potential that steadily increasing inbreeding in many breeds will mean worse immune systems, and cancer is simply reproducing cells that are missed by the immune system, so you get for example golden retrievers who are at a much higher risk than other dogs. It's the old "correlation does not equal causation and diagnosis does not equal incidence" thing. Would be interesting to see your peer reviewed papers to see if they controlled for confounding factors, and which ones. What were the levels of formaldehyde? I know animals naturally produce formaldehyde so a certain amount is always present in meat (and in other foods- grapes and pears for example produce fair amounts). Do you mean added formaldehyde? * 4.6-20 mg/kg for meats, pears have 40-60mg/kg, grapes have around 20mg/kg.
  22. I do a wave of the hand for my dog, which means both 'affection' and 'well done'. I probably should make it more precise. We thought initially that she was getting much less affectionate- turns out she just couldn't hear when you were talking to her affectionately.
  23. I've known a bitch who was both eager to get the pups out and gone when they were pups, and enthusiastically greeted them when adults, for their entire lives.
  24. I have mine registered with multiple companies because my initial company was bad at responding to phonecalls when I wanted to update their information. I figured if they're bad at responding how are they going to get my animal home/ Remember that you can register your chip with more than one database.
  25. 12% longer lifespan means 12% more time for an asthmatic to be on asthma drugs, a diabetic to be on insulin etc. And if your company doesn't do it, someone else's does, and they outsell your products, your shareholders aren't going to be happy with you. I can see this being enormously profitable if it works- particularly since it's a drug you must take over a long period of time.
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