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    Hiking, dog training, horseback riding, reading.

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  1. Hi, Ziva had a mild heart murmur starting at age 7. The cardiologist did an echo cardiogram and said she had tricuspid and mitrial valve insufficiency but didn't need any medication at that time. The following year the murmur was a little louder. The cardiologist said she had heart chamber enlargement so she was started on pimobendan (vetmedin.) A myxoma (benign tumor) was seen in her left atrium. She has been checked every 6-9 months since then and things have remained stable. About a month ago, the dogs were with my Mom while I was at work and she noticed Ziva breathing rapidly. Ziva then jumped off her lap and started gagging and became weak. She called me at work and brought her to me. I work at a Veterinary Hospital and we radiographed Ziva's chest and she had pericardial effusion (fluid around her heart.) She is now in congestive heart failure. She was started on lasix and benazepril and is now doing fine. We have an appointment with the cardiologist in about 10 days. Who out there has had a Border with congestive heart failure? How did they do? What medications were they on? Did you change the diet? Give any supplements? I'm upset because it seemed to come on fast after she has been stable for years. I've been monitoring her respiratory rate and watching for a cough or exercise intolerance for years and there wasn't any changes until that day when she started gagging. Thank you for any information
  2. A few years ago my co-worker had a Boxer with spinal problems. She never really got a definite diagnosis for her dog but did take her for physical therapy. They gave her an Assisi Loop to try out (free), she thought it helped her dog but not enough that her (or I) would pay $300 for one.
  3. Hi, My Border started with diarrhea last Monday and my vet promptly gave him diathol (an antibiotic combo drug that usually works great for diarrhea) and started him on metronidazole. I wonder why your vet is opposed to that? My dog never had blood in his stool but plenty of mucus. I also added lots of rice to his food and gave him a tablespoon of yogurt (live culture) twice a day. I agree with the above comment. Videos and photos are wonderful! Or even bag up the stool for "show and tell" in case your vet wants to check for parasites or sent out for culture. Since it has happened before after surgery I'm sure it is stress related colitis. Since you are already giving a probiotic I'd add the rice and see how it goes, good luck!
  4. I got there!!!!!!! I had a great time!! I sat at the rail and had a perfect view. I even got a good parking space. Then, when I got home, they were showing it on PCN so I got to see coverage of it again. Awesome! Congratulations to all the competitors! I'm excited about next year.
  5. I agree with the above. All of my Borders experienced a fear period at six months. My male did the outside steps but wouldn't do basement steps. I'd get toys out and turn it into a party. My male loved it when I bounced toys down the steps. Get your other dog involved. My female balked at agility equipment until she saw my male dog doing it and getting praise, then she'd run along behind him. Shorten the tunnel and have someone hold her at the opposite end, then crawl into the other side so she can see you and call her. I would get her eyes checked since some conditions start out with night vision issues. With the nail trimming do one or two nails when she is tired out and then have a party, toys, treats, praise. Make it fun.
  6. Well, the weather looks like it is going to cooperate so (fingers crossed) I am aiming to be there this year on Sunday. I'll have to double check the time.
  7. Yes, we have them too sometimes. Ours are military planes and sometimes are in groups. We all stop what we are doing to watch them, even the dogs, but they just seem interested.
  8. My previous female Border Collie, Cass, seemed to enjoy watching airplanes and large birds. We lived on top of a hill and this area gives hot air balloon rides (a lot.) One time one came out our way and had to "fire it up" to get above the treetops. I could hear it doing that "PPPPSSSSSSSSHHHHH!!!!!!" noise and Cass was frantically running about the fenced in yard, looking up at the very low hot air balloon with very visible people waving. I yelled for Cass as she was running into everything in the yard and she came charging over to the safety of the porch. She never got over that and would always check the sky as soon as she stepped outside. Can't say I blame her. I took her to see balloons take off and she just wasn't a fan. My current female Border Collie, Ziva, likes to watch large birds (hawks, vultures, eagles) and my male, Logan, watches for floating leaves to grab. I've never had one notice the moon!
  9. Hi, I'm kind of hijacking your thread but what did you do about Gibbs' lower back pain? My 13 year old is having issues too. Thanks
  10. Wow, thanks. That website is really neat! It's an amish farm so I wondered if perhaps they were crossbreds but it didn't seem likely when they have a uniform look to them.
  11. Hi, I drove past a farm the other day and saw these cattle. Are they purebred or a cross? There was quite a few of them and almost all of them were completely white with black ears and nose.
  12. Here is a picture of Ziva with her ribbons. She is not amused!!!
  13. Congratulations to Roy and Happy Birthday! In September and October Ziva and I ran in 4 Novice agility trials and she had a perfect score in all four. She was also seconds under time and ended up with three first places and one second. Older dogs rule!!!! She is so fun to run and listens so well!!!!!
  14. Happy 10th Birthday Ziva!!!! May there be many, many more!!!!
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