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  1. Hi boards I have a problem with a coughing dog. My vet has examined Ghillie and assured me that it is neither kennel cough nor heartworm, and by process of elimination we figure that it is some sort of environmental allergy. Allergy to what, of course, is the pretty much unsolveable mystery...so we simply treat the symptoms with Benadryl when they become severe. Normally this is sufficient to curb the cough- and calm her down a bit, which is an added bonus. But I really do not relish the thought of feeding antihistamines to my dog 2-3 times a week for the next 10-12 years. I've read anecdotal evidence that honey and coconut oil are quite effective at curbing a cough in dogs, but wanted to post that question here where I can get opinions I trust. I know about the myriad other health benefits of coconut oil, and if it is also useful as a cough suppressant then I would be overjoyed. Has anyone had any experience with using either honey or coconut oil in this manner? Thanks in advance for your advice!
  2. Thank you for your input, everyone! I've stumbled (figuratively, not literally) upon some exercises to do at home and I'm going to try the therapeutic swimming. I'm actually quite looking forward to this turkey's first encounter with water. We shall see how it goes! :)/>
  3. Hi all, I will try and make a long story as short as I can, I promise! About four and a half weeks ago, Ghillie fractured her knee of all things (her left medial femoral condyle, to be exact.) As you can probably imagine, the injury was rather distressing for her but I think I was a lot more devastated than she was. Fortunately she had surgery within 24 hours of the injury with a local orthopaedic $pecialist. (The bill was pretty $pecial too, but not really unexpected.) She was sent home with hardware in her knee, medication, and list of instructions. I've been strict to the point of paranoia regarding her exercise restriction, but it seems to be paying off because we just had a follow up xray taken, which shows that everything is nice and stable. The surgeon says that her prognosis is very, very good and that there is no reason why she should not be able to have the agility career I'd been dreaming she'd have. To that end I decided to check out canine physiotherapy. There is a clinic not far from me that was recommended, so Ghillie and I went out for a consult two weeks ago. The experience was very positive and I left with a promise from the therapist that she would email a quote for specialized sessions that would include ROM exercises, laser, and hydrotherapy. When I got the email I was unprepared for just how expensive the endeavor would really be. Don't get me wrong- I was rather impressed with the amount of work and equipment they were going to put into Ghillie's therapy, but it's still a large chunk of money for someone who's just spent thousands of dollars on urgent surgery. In my reply I thanked her for the information and told her that if I could somehow raise the funds I would be in touch. Fast forward to today. Ghillie is walking on-leash with practically no limp at all. We are avoiding stairs but her walks are up to 20-30 minutes twice a day, and as far as she's concerned she's fully recovered (which is adding more grey to my hair than I'd like to admit!) I've had more than one person suggest that perhaps hydrotherapy combined with at-home exercises might be an option and that the efficacy of the laser therapy was largely a matter of opinion. So, while all the bells and whistles are appealing, the hard reality of finances also plays a big part in my decision making. I want to give Ghillie every advantage I can in her rehab, but I also would like to still be able to do those frivolous things like pay the bills and, you know, eat. :)/> Finally, to the point of my post! I'm curious to know if any of you have had similar experiences with similar injuries, and how you treated them and what the eventual outcomes were. I've been reading Sue R's post regarding her experiences with Celt and, while it's a remarkable journey, it's unfortunately left me no closer to a decision of my own. Any input you knowledgeable folks would like to offer would be much appreciated!
  4. Ghillie, now 8 months old, rescued via TDBCR (wave to Auntie RDM, Ghillie!)
  5. "Exercising collie powers"...I like that. It's funny- Barra used to chase the waves like you've described, when she was a puppy. And Ghillie (who is 7-ish months old) goes into full-on border collie stalker mode with the geese and crows up at the park every morning. Cats, however, are Things To Be Avoided At All Costs. I don't think it's possible to turn off a border collie's obsessions completely (someone who knows more about them correct me if I'm wrong on that.) And honestly, I wouldn't want to- after all, it's the various quirks of this breed that I find so frustratingly endearing. But with a bit of work they can be redirected into something safe.
  6. Coming soon! And thank you for the idea of asking my neighbors. I never see anyone around during the day so I sort of assume everyone's at work but that does seem the neighborly thing to do, you're right.
  7. Yes, THAT Ghillie. Of course a TDBCR dog would be recognized around here- that makes me laugh! I haven't hung around to see how long she cries, no- mainly because I think it would upset ME to hear it. I'm a wussy worry-wart at heart! Out of sight (or earshot,) out of mind, I suppose, but that's hardly fair to my neighbors if she really does keep it up for a long time. However, when I do come home she's lying down in her kennel and not looking particularly traumatized so perhaps it's just an adjustment period. I will experiment with that in the next day or two just to see how long she does fuss. And frisbeegirl, it's good to know that it can be done. Maybe with a bit more exercise before work she'll be sufficiently comfortable for the rest of the day and I won't have to worry about disturbing her halfway through. I'm also considering daycare for 2-3 days a week- there is a reputable one nearby and they offer half-days, which is tempting. Thanks again for your opinions!
  8. Hi boards! It has been a very long time since I've had anything to post...some of you may remember my girl Barra, who I had to finally put down in December at (almost) 15 because of a ruptured tumor on her liver. I've now gotten myself together and have adopted a 7-ish month old puppy from rescue with the intention of training her for agility. Yay me, eh? Ghillie is the sweetest little goof on four legs, but of course I may be a tad biased in that regard. Anyway, I've been back lurking around the boards for a little while now, now that I have a reason to talk 'border collie' again with people. I've read a few posts that skirt around my own particular question but haven't quite found the answer I need, so here I am! I work full time so Ghillie is crated for a good portion of the day. Fortunately I am able to go home at lunch to let her out for a few minutes. She gets about 30 minutes of exercise before work and an hour or so of walk/run/training after work, then a quick walk around the block before bed. This of course will increase as she ages and we're able to start proper agility training. She's also loose when I'm at home and can watch her. She doesn't like it much when I leave her alone but this might just be my own guilt surfacing because her crate is roomy, there's something safe for her to chew on, and I leave the radio on for noise. What I am wondering is, given the fact that she does protest the confinement in the morning- and I live in a condominium with neighbors close by- am I just providing an unnecessary disruption by coming home at lunch? She's had no accidents overnight so she's proven she can control her bladder for 8-odd hours at a time, so would I be better off letting her alone instead of dashing her out for 15 minutes of potty time then putting her back in her kennel and running away again? I didn't have to worry about this issue with Barra as she was able to come to work with me for the first 3 years of her life so this isssue is new- and a bit daunting. Needless to say I want to do right by this puppy- and also keep any potential noise complaints from my neighbors to a minimum- so any useful advice you all might have would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  9. So....let me get this straight. What's on the outside is more important than what's on the inside? I think you do a lot of people a disservice with a remark like that. You bet I'll assume absolute wrongs and rights. Breeding dogs for looks is wrong. Plain and simple. There is nothing "right" about the damage done to a German Shepherd's hips to get it to trot in that flashy fashion. There is also nothing "right" about Bulldogs not being able to whelp naturally because the pups' heads are so enormous. Nothing "right," either, about the majority of Cavalier King Charles spaniels suffering from mitral valve disease. But hey, they LOOK pretty, right? I guess that's what counts in the end, for this generation?
  10. I remember a fellow who brought his Shih-Tzu x Bichon Frise in for a checkup a few years ago...called the puppy a purebred "Shi**Y Fries." I wonder if that name could be added to the list... edited to add: Egads. I went back to look at the website and it states the organization has been in business since 1969! So I guess maybe the pedigrees on some of those purebred SirMixALots could be quite extensive, hahaha...
  11. I saw the title of this thread and thought, "huh. A little early for April Fool's jokes..."
  12. Ain't that the truth...in Canada all Belgian Shepherds are painted with the same CKC brush, and I have seen some structurally magnificent Malinois go all but unnoticed when put side by side with a nice fluffy Tervuren.
  13. I agree with Journey and MaggieDog. Contrary to popular opinion, a prong collar is NOT some sort of medieval torture device. They're described as 'doggy power steering' for a reason- namely that quick self-correction when they are properly worn. Try placing one around your arm and give a good tug..it isn't the least bit painful but it will certainly get your attention. Education is a must when first trying them out, though, because there is definitely a right and a wrong way to wear them. Good luck!
  14. I live in a 700-ish square foot box. I'm dyin' here. DYING.
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