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  1. As others have mentioned, talk to your vet about anti-anxiety meds to help calm his brain while you work on behavior modification. I have a high-drive girl who has benefited greatly from them. I would work on teaching impulse control, play mat and crate games. Another thing to help when the weather is nasty out is a flirt pole, it really helps us burn off energy in a short amount of time, and work on her impulse control at the same time. For instance, she has to do a command before being released to the toy, sometimes it's as simple as a sit or a down, other times she has to run to her cr
  2. I love Chewy.com. I'm sorry to hear this news. On one occasion they sent me multiples of an item I ordered one of, and when I reached out, they said i could keep them, and asked if I would donate them, which I did. I've always been pleased with them.
  3. Hi, My dog had a grade 3/4 heart murmur. It turned out for her it was a PDA, and since repaired. Before surgery, the cardiologist gave us the following nutrition recommendations (these are for patients with early/mild heart failure): Diet of less than 80 mg of sodium per 100kCal of food. Avoid kidney diets unless kidney disease warrants protein restriction Fish oil supplements (Omega-3, avoid cod liver oil and flax seed and producst with Vit A and/or D) Tufts has some information on their page: http://vet.tufts.edu/heartsmart/diet/reduced-sodium-diet-and-treat-lists-for-pets-with-hear
  4. I had a really hard time with my last dog when I had to give him Tramadol, other pills he was okay with. I tried wrapping in raw chicken, bread, anything else he would scarf pills down with. Vet suggested salmon flavored cream cheese - it worked. I also will give my pills as if I'm giving a treat for a behavior, so it's not "pill time" I approach it the same as giving any treat so they are less likely to wise up.
  5. Yay! I love this post! Bett is a reactive girl and we are slowly seeing progress... i wish i knew back when I first go her what I know now. I can feel guilty that I forced her into situations that she wasn't ready for and I caused her reactivity. The more I read, the more I think it might be just her. ;-) Thank you for sharing your story, it give me hope that someday I'll have a 'dog'
  6. You might want to try a calming cap (I think they are called ThunderCaps now). They can see through it, but it helps block some visual stimulation. It is really helping us during walks.
  7. He was fine. The splat on the ground scared me to bits.
  8. My 15-year-old senior decided to jump off the top of the dog walk. No more agility for him.
  9. Hero's latest workup was the first time his specific gravity was low; when scheduling the appointment I asked the tech if the sample needed to be first thing and she said not this time around. Speaking with the vet later I should have gone with my gut - she said it does make a difference, taking a random sample can vary the results depending on how much they drank during the day, and suggested I drop off another sample to get a true reading. Over the last four years Hero's numbers have gone up and down, but stayed pretty stable. His creatinine was at 1.9 at one point, and then dropped to
  10. I read somewhere along the line that dogs that are feed a raw diet tend to have a higher BUN. Couple vets have also told me that it's the creatinine & urine specific gravity numbers that are the most important. Was the urine sample the first of the day? - that also makes a difference.
  11. He was borderline before the NSAID, but at 15+ years of age we felt it was worth for a quality of life standpoint, especially since some of his kidney #s were normal, and to check blood work prior to continuing the intial trial. We had him on a relatively lower dose, too. He's on tramadol now, which won't have adverse affects and he's got a swing back in his step.
  12. I'm sorry to hear this too, was just talking to my vet yesterday about my old dog's number - he has chronic kidney disease and his number rose this past 6 months. She said she really hates telling people their dog has kidney disease. I was going to tell you about the yahoo group, but I see Sue R already did. It's a wealth of information. They have a Facebook group too, but not nearly as informative. There are also people dealing with pancreatitis there. Loads of recipes. My guy had slightly elevated numbers for the past 4 years, I did do the diet for a while, but his numbers stayed sta
  13. I know of a working dog that came into rescue and was adopted out to be a goose dog. He's now living and working in NYC. The adopter had a trainer to train him on geese.
  14. Thank you for sharing your story. Bett was prescribed Prozac after a consultation with a Vet Behaviorist. Personally, I never saw much change, especially not anything like you are describing. I've read similar stories to yours. She's been on it for 6 months now. We doubled up the dosage and still no dramatic change. I continued with all her training, and have never been sure whether it was the the training and/or the drugs that have brought on the improvement. Since then I have reduced the Prozac back to the initial levels, and there was no adverse affect. The behaviorist thinks the Pr
  15. Another thing that has helped us is Dr. Karen Overall's Relaxation Protocol, it's long and can be tedious at times, but it really helps. You may have what is considered a "Frustrated Greeter" if he is fine off leash with other dogs and people. Then you need to train him proper behaviors, starting with no distractions, working up to larger ones. My girl is great with dogs off leash, but put a leash on her and she'll go bonkers even when she sees a stuffed dog.
  16. There are some other books to look at too, Click to Calm is a good one, and there is another "Fired Up, Freaked out and ???" or something like that, can't remember the title. I have a very reactive girl, frustrated on leash when seeing other dogs, fear aggressive with strangers. It takes a lot of work and patience. I feel your pain about walks. We go places where we will encounter less people, or areas that we can get distance away from triggers and won't have surprises. I always walk with a treat bag and a clicker, walks are training time. I'm looking forward to tonight since it's a rainy
  17. Great to hear Kathy, especially sine your Stryker was older also, that was one of the concerns on her success. The resident said her heart may end up being more of a geriatric heart, but that won't slow her down. I have noticed her exercise intolerance is still on the low side, but not nearly what it was prior to the procedure. She also had the same procedure, she had an occluder put in. I was instructed to keep her calm for two weeks, which was a relief since initially they said 4! It's a shame the original owner didn't catch the problem, she was purchased to be a trial/working dog. W
  18. You could also look for reactive dog classes. We are going to start our second go-round at the end of this month. All dogs are kept behind barriers and they expose them more and more throughout the session, basically using desensitization and counter conditioning, along with mat and focus games.
  19. Thanks all. It was a stressful couple of days. Now, she's regressed back to puppydom. She's chewed 2 shoes since she's been off crate rest. 2.5 weeks of no exercise and she's a bored little girl. :-/
  20. Happy Update: Bett's procedure was a success! She had no signs of congestive heart failure and the PDA was completely sealed, no blood flow shown on the echocardio immediately after surgery. Heart had shrunk also (she had a heart the size of a 100 pound dog). We go back for another echo in 3 months to see how things stand.
  21. Bett had a heart procedure last Thursday and is home and on crate rest. The vet gave us acepromazine to keep her calm, but it's absolutely crucial she stay calm, an occluder was placed in her heart to plug up a blood vessel and can't risk it coming out, I don't think you'll need anything as heavy-duty as that. I have an ex-pen and take her out occasionally and do a little training. I am teaching her the names of her toys, and practicing "leave-it", touch, and basic focus games. Bully sticks, kongs, and other good chewy things will work out some energy and keep her busy. Good luc
  22. I couldn't agree more on looking for an adult dog. I have a 16 month old that was originally adopted out at 5 months to be a therapy dog. Her personality and temperament seemed perfect for it at the time. She was returned 2 months later a completely different dog, she's highly reactive to sound, movement and fearful of people. I've had her since she was around 7 months old and she's a work in progress, I'll be lucky if I can ever walk her down a busy street or in any sort of crowd. Don't hesitate looking into rescues. The BC rescue I volunteer with currently has a lovely BC/lab mix. Conta
  23. Thanks. She knows how to put object in a bowl, but we can certainly combine it. Thanks for the idea!
  24. Bett is scheduled to get her PDA repaired next week. That means a month of keeping her calm, initially 7 days of crate rest, and 14+ days of leash walking. I'm looking for ideas to keep her brain occupied. It's going to be a loooooong month. I have puzzle toys - but could use a recommendation of a really hard one, the ones I have are too easy for her. I've made a list of new 'tricks' to teach her while confined. This is my list so far: Learn names of toys Blow bubbles in a bowl Cross right paw over left (she knows left over right) Hold nose to hand Look right and left Balance treat
  25. I have an EXTREMELY reactive gal, a mixture of being fearful of people (she went from tail-tucked fleeing behavior to lunging and barking at scary things). With dogs she wants to play and used to be like the tazmanian devil - spinning, snarling, barking, foaming at the mouth, when on lead, now she's more of an obnoxious barking dog. I have a list of everything she has reacted to since I started fostering her last summer, I think food is the only thing she hasn't reacted to! Been doing a lot of desensitization and counter-conditioning. It's been a slow process, but I'm seeing process. The
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