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  1. That's what I do as well, divy up the largest size of Advantage. With 3 cats and one dog, the largest pkg lasts me a full year...course we don't have a flea problem here in the winter. Our vet sells us the largest package, and I think it is the same price as the small pkg.But when we've been short on money, I've bought the cheap flea drops from Wal-Mart. It doesn't work as well, but you just have to use more. As far as I know,we don't have heartworms here in the Pacific NorthWest, thankfully! But please still think about the possibility that there may be some diet related cause..Sophie g
  2. Is there any chance that this could be caused by diet? Sophie gets skin problems whenever I feed her kibble that has a lot of grain products in it. Her hot spots don't seem to be connected to fleas as I use Advantage pretty regularly during the flea season.
  3. When I was pregnant and had morning sickness, a midwife told me to put powdered ginger into empty gelatin capsuls from the health food store and take them. That did seem to help a lot.You could put grated fresh ginger into the capsules as well. I am sure you can purchase the capsules online somewhere....they come in several different sizes.
  4. updated diagnosis for Sophie! the Vet did a hands on exam, and re-examined the previous xrays of her left front shoulder. He feels like the muscle tore away from the shoulder, along with a small piece/chip of bone. Now that the hematoma has shrunk, we can feel the muscle lump. Rather than attempt another surgery ( and another $2000)which has only a 20% chance of success, he wants to see if the muscle will heal and re-attach/regrow on its own. If there isn't a dramatic change by Thanksgiving, then we wil re-evaluate. Sophie needs to be kept very quiet, with slow walks so there can be he
  5. well..... the vets assistent took out the staples on Friday. Sophie had popped one staple, so there is about a 1" opening that is healing from the inside out. The rest of the wound looks great.She is still on two antibiotics. The vet wants to see her again on Monday and maybe diagnose the shoulder which is still extremely sore/lame. She seems to have a really hard time moving slowly, but once she limbers up a bit, it seems to do a little better.She is mostly quite reluctant to move from behind the couch except for potty, time to eat, and if someone comes to the door, in which case she come
  6. I was REALLY hoping you were still around, AKdogdoc....thanks for the info. We are heading over to the vet in about 45 min, so now at least I can have a better idea what he is telling me. As for the opposable thumb, well, I think it is only us lesser species who need them. HaHa Actually we had just purchased two days before an older Suburban that has a very loose/easy opening door handle, which we really hadn't even noticed. Now I guess I'm going to go over all our vehicles and house doors and check out what each situation is, though Sophie usually knows her boundries very well...
  7. Thanks for the good wishes. On the Sunday night- early monday morning before we found her, I had gotten into such a horrible state of mind from worry and knowing that she was terrified I could hardly function at all. There was one sighting early Monday and we went there and called until I got a bad nosebleed....Thankfully she was found an hour later...heading for a HUGE park/wooded area. It doesn't seem like her shoulder locks, she has even been jogging around a tiny little. I don't think it gives her a lot of pain. It just did this clicking sound. I know at first they mentioned that the
  8. hi all...I haven't been around here for a few years, but anyway... My border collie/aussie, Sophie, has been in a terrible car accident. She opened the truck door when my husband was in the hardware store on a busy Saturday, and when she couldn't find him in the shop, got scared when an employee tried to grab her, and ran out a different door..she was lost for two days, during which time we searched almost all the time we weren't sleeping etc. It was the worst nightmare I have experienced in a while... She got hit by a car, and the humane society picked her up, phoned us, and took her to t
  9. hey even us pet owners can buy a chuck-it and get the dog running!! Sophie was feeling a little tubby so I cut back on her carbs, and feed her more protein.She acts like she is starving now, so I feel a little bad. But she has free access to quality kibble so I figure she maybe just got a little spoiled. She is 32 lbs and 19"
  10. Sophie and my next door BC both LOVE playing in the hose. We have all sorts of games we play. Since they both like games with "rules" I make sure I play that way.Sophie will play until she is sopping, and mind you, it's cold water too.Why the negative reaction to a nice warm shower is beyond me. Though Sophie does get the zoomies after a bath, then it is into sulk mode for a few hours. She will go and hide under or behind someones legs if I call her, won't play with me.And if she gets outside, will go hide under a bush until she feels she has punished me enough.
  11. My husband has a client who is the manager of a chocolate factory. He came by today, and the enticing scent of chocolate came along too. Sophie just lay at his feet smelling and snuffeling his shoes and the bottom of his pants!She thinks that she LOVES chocolate, and we have to be very carefull to keep it away from her.I occasionally let her play with an empty chocolate wrapper as she seems to enjoy it so much...poor thing. Can you imagine a life without chocolate??
  12. I was worried ithat I had missed Sophies heat as well, and then a Portugese Water dog bitch in heat visited for a little bit, and two days later Sophie started up...I think I've heard about that before, that bitches can have that effect on each other...
  13. Sophie loves sweets as well, and if a candy wrapper gets dropped she plays with it and chews it until I get it from her. Especially chocolate wrappers!! Could you make up a special doggie cookie using something like Splenda or molassas, using whole wheat flour? Does she like cut-up apples or bananas?What about a peanut butter and honey on whole wheat bread cut into tiny pieces? (Can dogs have honey?)It seems like there should be some healthy sweet alternatives.
  14. so my question is, is S/A a problem brought on by a pup being raised in unstable conditions and/or being passed from owner to owner, or is it an actual brain chemistry problem from poor breeding?
  15. this may sound really horrible, but if the poor dog is so destructive, and the present owner simply doesn't have the resources to rehabilitate him, and there is no guarantee that his next home(s) will be able to help him, would it be wrong to have him humanely put down? I don't know, but I've seen dogs that have awful problems, and if I was them, I think I'd want to be put out of my misery rather than have a continued tortured existence. I'm sure it isn't the poor dogs fault, he is a victim of bad circumstances... so I guess I wonder is it morally acceptable to have a dog put down for serious
  16. Denise- Todd is SO beautiful. I really enjoyed your web page!! Thanks for making it available.
  17. Sophie was an very fearfull and submissive pup, and I did that, carrying her everywhere as long as I could and it really helped.She has no real fear problems at all now.
  18. does your dog look you in the face at other times? like if you are lying on the floor playing? sounds like when he is coming to you he is being very submissive and acknowledging you as his pack leader. As far as I know from reading, direct eye contact is a sign of challenge in the dog world. My old BC walked around like we beat him, and we had never ever hit him, or even corrected him harshly. He looked so depressed all the time, except when he was "working" then he was a different dog. BC's can be pretty odd...
  19. Did any one else get a chance to watch the AKC agility show tonight? There sure was a difference in how these dogs looked compared to the Westminster dogs last week... Wow were the winners ever FAST!!! I really liked the little tiny one 18" who competed in that group..she was the same height as a sheltie.Very cute and sweet, just like my Sophie!
  20. I have a red ball thing made by Kong that you can stuff cookies into...the holes are shaped like doggie biscuits. I stuff all sorts of things in it, left-over meat, that rolled dog food etc..if you really pack it in hard it can take quite a while to get it out. No raw hides for my pup, and pig ears make her throw up and have yukky poop. Tonight I was snacking on some capers and she ate a few of them, but it was obviously only because she didn't want to be rude....
  21. have you tried screaming in her face to stop biting you? add in jumping up and down acting like a demon yourself when ever she does it....hey I really don't know, but thats what I'd be doing to try and get it across to Mollie that what she is doing is REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY BAD BAD BAD!!!!!!! Sounds to me like she figures she is the big boss,not you. We had a blue heeler/dauschund cross and we had the same problem...I was terrified he was going to bite my youngish nieces in the face, as he would jump and bite whoever...he bit two neighbour children who wandered into the yard...after
  22. is GIARDIA also called " Beaver Fever" in humans? I've heard that all of our mountain streams here in the Cascade mountains have that parasite, so we aren't supposed to drink that water. Can dogs get it from drinking in wilderness streams like people can?
  23. I love going to MrSnappy's web site and looking at the pups there! Once I get our yard fenced properly, I might look into seeing if I qualify for one of the rescue dogs. I really am partial to predominent black with white split face ....and I really thought I had to have a BC that had stand-up ears, but Sophies are the rose type, and you know what, I just love them! It is the border collies personality that really counts. I doubt if there is a better dog on Earth than a BC, no matter what the color...I feel SO blessed to have one!!
  24. don't pups go through another fear period around this time? I wonder if that is the problem? My rotten boys started teasing Sophie using a really loud "ZZZZZZZZZZ't" "ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ't" sound and it really freaked her out. She would run and hide in a panic. So I started making the noise really quietly when I was holding her, or rubbing her belly. I would stop as soon as she acted scared. After a few days of this I got louder and louder. Now whenever I do it really loud she just sniffs at my mouth. When the boys do it now, she knows they are playing, and gets into the play-hunch position, an
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