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  1. Liz, I was so sorry to read about Freya. She was a beautiful dog and know she will be missed. Run free Freya.. “There is a cycle of love and death that shapes the lives of those who choose to travel in the company of animals. It is a cycle unlike any other. To those who have never lived through its turnings or walked its rocky path, our willingness to give our hearts with full knowledge that they will be broken seems incomprehensible; our grief, no matter how powerful it may be, is an insufficient measure of the joy we have been given.” Susan Clothier Bones Would Rain from the Sky
  2. It is so hard to lose a beloved pet. He was well loved and while bittersweet, I sure that your wife was comforted to be with him at the end. Run free at the Bridge, Luke..
  3. Zachary, my miniature schnauzer, had pancreatitis. He only ate kibble and raw vegetables after the first episode. He didn't get any table food whatsoever...His first and only attack almost killed him at the age of 7 - he lived to be almost 17. I hope Ash continues to recover.
  4. My deepest sympathies on losing Buddy. Your tribute to him shows the depth of your love for him. He was a most fortunate fellow to have found you. May your memories of Buddy sustain you through this time. Enjoy the green fields at the Bridge Buddy....
  5. Yes, crystals are far better than diabetes or some other horrible disease From what I've been reading and there is A LOT of contradictory information - change diets, don't change diets, etc. etc. I think I'll see what the next urinalysis shows and go from there. In the meantime, I'm open to hearing from other folks who have dealt with this issue.
  6. I never thought about the water, but we do have a lot of mineral content in our well water. I'm going to try some cranberry capsules as well...can't hurt from what I've read. I'll try the distilled water, although I've heard it's not good to solely use it (now WHERE, I heard that, I can't recall)
  7. So, Flint has crystals in his urine again. He is back on the special diet - Royal Canin SO for the next 2 weeks. I'm not overly thrilled with the ingredients but he did improve when he was on it in February. His bloodwork was normal, glucose was normal and his weight was unchanged from February. So this is all good news. I have him on a high quality, grain free diet - GO, Fit and Free, made in Canada which is why I chose it in the first place. Now I need to research other diets that I can give him instead of this. I have to bring another urine sample into the vet in 2 weeks.
  8. the urine sample and stool sample are in the fridge ....good thing I'm home alone because the containers are bagged inside a yogurt container...now that would be a terrible surprise
  9. His appointment is at 4 today. I've already got a urine sample - next is the stool sample. I'm staying home so I can keep an eye on things.
  10. His weight is definitely down but I thought it was from the fact that I was measuring his intake - he had been overfed and need to lose a bit of weight. He weighed 18 kg (45 lbs) in February. He's a tall, lanky dog so that weight is actually good for him. I'll find out tomorrow if he's lost any more.
  11. Flint had a UTI in mid winter and it seemed to have cleared up. He was on 2 rounds of antibiotics, a special diet and had an ultrasound on his bladder. However, over the past month, he's been urinating in the house again even after being outside. I was concerned about his weight being down in the winter so I upped the amount of food he is getting. He is absolutely voracious - even at 3 cups a day, he is still hungry - so much so that I've caught him eating dog poop outside - something he's NEVER done. Today, I used 1/2 roll of paper towel to clean up the urine in the dog room . I monitored the water he had today - he literally drank nothing. He's thin but his coat seems good. I'm taking him to the vet tomorrow - I'm concerned that he might be diabetic even though he's young (3 years old on April 15th) Could it be a mal absorption issue? I'll bring a urine sample and ask for bloodwork. He's never had an issue with housetraining and after almost 3 years, I can only assume that it's a medical issue rather than a training issue. Does anyone have any ideas as to what I might be facing?
  12. Mary, I am so sorry to hear about Buddy. It is evident that he was much loved and will be missed. We never have them with us long enough but they are also never really gone for they live in a piece of our hearts forever. Run free at the bridge Buddy,
  13. Atta boy Buddy! Glad to hear he's improving
  14. So glad to hear that Buddy's recovering so well.
  15. Update - So Flint did have a UTI and was put on a special diet with 12 days of antibiotics. In July, Flint weighed 22.2 kilos. When I had him at the breeder's in September, they felt he was a bit 'chunky' so I started to measure his food to ensure he wasn't being overfeed (a possibility since DH would feed him..then I would come home and do the same) He was 18.6 kilos, two weeks ago when I took him in about the UTI. Today, I brought him for a follow up to see if the UTI had cleared (it hasn't so he's back on another round of antibiotics) and special food. What disturbed me more, he now weighs 16.6 kilos. He looks healthy, acts healthy, no vomiting, no diarrhea, etc. He's eating well. The vet is mildly concerned but thinks it could be that the special food doesn't have enough calories to sustain his weight. So, I'm to give him more each day. Also, it's been cold, really cold and he does run a lot outside. He is not a working dog (yet) so I can't attribute it to working. Just wondering how concerned I should be.
  16. I'm very sorry to hear that Buddy is so sick. Sending you and Buddy good mojo that the medications start working to make him feel better.
  17. Congratulations! It sounds wonderful. I'm heading to Finland at the end of May and we almost booked a side trip to Iceland for 3 days- unfortunately, it didn't work out. We've decided that we might meet up in Iceland in a couple of years instead. Enjoy your new home - I'm sure you will get years of pleasure from it!
  18. I have been dealing with Cricket, my 11 1/2 female and her incontinence issues. A visit to the vet indicated crystals and a UTI. She was treated with antibiotics and seems to be clearing up. Because my dogs share kennels in the dog room, I assumed the urine soaked blankets were from Cricket, however, that is definitely not the case. Flint, my 2 1/2 year old male, neutered at just over a year old, had soaked his blanket. I have a vet appointment on Saturday for him but it is quite possible this has been an issue for a longer period of time. He is running trim, has been eating a high quality grain-free diet and generally appears healthy. I didn't think this type of issue was common in males, especially as young as he is. Has anyone else dealt with an issue like this with their male dogs?
  19. I have a very small area permanently fenced for my sheep but because I'm more concerned about predators - we have coyotes, wolves, and black bears - my setup might be 'overkill' to many but it makes it easy for me to sleep at night. I have 48 inch woven wire. I have five strands of high tensile wire on the outside for predator control. 3 are hot, 2 are grounds. I use a 12 volt Parmak solar charger that carries a lot of punch. It was expensive for sure but then again I was only doing a small area at this time. During the spring/summer, I use Premier's Electrostop fence for rotational grazing but put the sheep in the secured paddock at night. If I were fencing a larger area, I would look at running high tensile spaced appropriately for keeping sheep in and predators out. One site I reviewed, I believe ran 7-9 strands.
  20. What I've noticed is the vast majority of the dogs are so darn fat, they couldn't possible do what they were bred to do without suffering heart failure! ....okay, that might be an over exaggeration, but my goodness..those were fat dogs!!
  21. The surgery went well. Cricket is recovering nicely at home. She has a 6 1/2 inch incision and will get the stiches out in 14 days. I'm hoping she will leave the incision alone so she doesn't have to wear a cone...time will tell.
  22. I would definitely opt for the schoolhouse for your older dog and she may want to have a coat all most of the time. When my miniature schnauzer reached the age of 15, he was always cold even in the house where the temperatures were in the high 60s. If it is possible, I'd house all the dogs overnight in the schoolhouse during the winter. The others have given you great advice if they must stay outdoors - but please do try your best for the old girl - she's given you years of her life - she should be able to at least stay warm. And I do agree that well conditioned dogs can do well outside - and some prefer it so long as they have a place that's out of the wind, and dry.
  23. It is indeed a fatty lipoma. However, given the size - about the size of my hand, and location just above her knee on the stifle - and it's her 'good' side (she's had hip surgery on the other side) I've opted to have it removed. So, she's having the surgery on Thursday. She's on a very high quality, grain free diet but I'll look at supplements as well.
  24. Cricket is 11 1/2. I just discovered a large lump on her hind leg. I suspect it's a fatty lipoma. I'm going to get her into the vet tomorrow. I've seen these on a dog's chest but is it common to have one on a back leg - above the knee joint?
  25. About 6-8 months before Jazz died, his behaviour definitely changed. Like Missy, he never got into things he shouldn't have but then started counter surfing, once eating an entire loaf of bread. He also started licking the floors and I could not dissuade him from that.
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