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  1. Hi Kim, I was reading your post on ODVD and I too have an almost 15 year old female BC that has had this same situation. She first experienced it in Oct 08 and then again this past Nov.09. The vet put her on a medicine called Meclazine, it is basically for sea sickness. She was on this med 3 times daily for about 3 to 4 weeks. The first year it hit her it scared us to death, we thought she had a stroke, took her in and sure enough, thank goodness it turned out to be ODVD. It was especially hard on her this past year due to her knees and hips being a year older and more arthritic, but she is a fighter and is miraculously still here and doing pretty well. I would maybe question your vet about the steroids, I think I read on one of the "Vestibular" sites that steroids were NOT a good thing to take with this disease. Please hang in there with her, it takes a few weeks to get through for the dogs, it is so hard to see them go through this. Good luck to you and please keep us posted, Nikki I also wanted to add that the first year it hit her she was on 25mg of the Mclazine 3 times daily, but this past year for her second episode of ODVD she was put on 50mg 3 times daily. Also, she had a huge disadvantage with her seasickness because she only has one eye, so her balance was really off. If you would like you can contact me privately, I would be happy to talk with you, Nikki
  2. Very good, I am so glad that you knowledge people got thru to him, keep up the good work! Thankyou, Nikki
  3. I am very upset with what I have been reading and yes, I did watch your you tube video. When that cute little puppy of yours left the rabbits alone and went and sat down to watch them, that is when I would have clicked and treated like crazy, to let him know that that was the RIGHT thing to do, NOT CHASE those poor innocent bunnies that do not deserve to have a panic attack and die on the spot! What a cruel thing for you to think is funny! Maybe before all these wonderful and highly experienced people on this board pointed out to you that what you thought was really awsome and cute, IS NOT, I could give you the benefit of doubt, BUT, now that you know what these people are trying to tell you, and by the way, THEY ARE CORRECT, please listen to them! Shame on you, being an adult, if you don't take their EXCELLENT advice!
  4. I spelled Vestibular incorrectly, sorry. Maggies symptoms were: she could not walk without splatting , she was very disoriented and tilted her head and body to the right. I could have sworn that she had had a stroke, thank goodness it wasn't. The cause for Maggie was her middle ear, the little hairs or something to that effect. She has been perfect since.
  5. I am wonering if it may be "old dog" Vestibulat Disease? My almost 14 year old BC, Maggie, had this last November. It sounds like the identical symptoms. The vet gave her non drowsy "seasick" pills that I gave her two or three times a day for 2 weeks and that was it for that episode, they say that it most likely will not happen again to her. I hope your dog is OK, please let us know
  6. Hi ooky, I am so sorry, but I did not get your PM? Did you mean IM? I usually do not stay on the computer for long periods of time, so I must have missed you. I would love to talk with you though. Would you like to give me a call, I can give you my phone #, let me know
  7. I too have a BC that has had OCD surgery in the past, to be exact, when he was 8 months old. He is now going to be 5 in January. We do agility with him, I have him on a supplement called Trixsyn, it is a hyralonic acid, seems to keep him "together". Can I ask you what breeder your BC came from? Good luck with your boys recovery, he should be just fine as long as you take his rehab seriously and be consistent.
  8. Thankyou all very much, I really appreciate all your help
  9. Hi, I was hoping that someone here would know of any Corgi Forums that I could go to? Thankyou in advance for any info
  10. Hi, I have had very good results with a product called InflamAway Plus, it has MSM and Chondroitin in it as well. I have been giving it to my 13 year old BC for about 4 weeks or so and I do see a difference in her pain and stiffness. She has both front and back end arthritis. I do also give her a double dose. You can purchase it at any pet supply stores, good luck
  11. I have been giving my 13 year old BC InflamAway Plus, it has MSM and Chondroitin, for the past 4 weeks or so and I do see a difference in her pain and stiffness due to arthritis in her hind and front ends. You can get it at the pet supply stores
  12. I would also suggest the Greg Derret DVDs, esp the first one, it teaches alot of foundation and shadow handling, which is a really good way to teach the dog without any agility obstacles. I am sure you can get these from Clean Run.
  13. I am so sorry, I think that I hit a wrong button. I will try again to say what I wrote. I totally agree 100 percent on what RDM has to say on this case. I had an extremely fear aggressive cattle dog years ago that I tried my hardest to rehab. I tried for 8 long months. Unfortunatly this case was far beyond my knowledge and I made the decision to turn him over to a much more qualified person, who did help him to overcome most of his issues. I guess what I want to say is, you need to ask yourself at some point, "am I helping or hindering this animal"? I certainly can not comment on this person or case because I do not know them. I am sure though that this would certainly NOT be the way to deal with a fear aggressive dog, just my experience and opinion, of course.
  14. Hi there, boy can I sure relate to what you are going through. I have a 3 and a half year old BC that had persistant diaharea for the first 2 years of his life. We tried everything that our vet and I knew, to no avail. Finally I got him to a Internal Medicine Specialist and thank God I did. She took every test under the sun on him for bacteria, and all the different parasites. He was clear of everything. She felt that he was allergic to protein and immediatly put him on a Hydrolized Protein kibble along with an antibiotic called Tylasol. He took the meds. for 6 weeks, but continues to eat this kibble with excellent results. The kibble is called Royal Canin HP16. Within literally 24 hours of this diet/med. switch, he has not had one bout of diaharea since. He has been fine for the last year and a half and I have even been able to give him some treats with no problem the last several months. You do need to get this food through a vet and it is NOT cheap, I pay $90 for a 30ish pound bag. There are two other hydrolyzed protien diets you can also use, Purina HB and Science Diet Z/D. I went with the Royal Canin because it has no harmful preservatives in it, the Z/D does, don't know about the Purina. Good luck to you, hang in there.
  15. I vote for the "cuz" toys too, we have the devil and the dinasaur and theyv'e been around for a couple years with my 5 dogs, they seem very durable, so far
  16. Hello, after reading all of your posts, I would love to know where I can purchase the Golden Almond shampoo as well as the Cowboy Magic Rose Water Shampoo? They both sound wonderful. I have been using "A Touch Of Mink" shampoo for pets for quite awhile now and my dogs coats are very soft and silky from it, especially my rough Collies. It also has a wonderful smell. Thankyou in advance
  17. Hi, I use something for my 5 dogs that I really like, it is Platinum Performance. It has Glucosimine in it as well as all the amino acids, vitamins and minerals. I have been using it for years and my dogs are doing great on it, beautiful coats too.
  18. I was just looking at my girl Lucy's tummy and I was able to see the very faint scar, she is 9 years old and was spayed at 8 months. I guess you can see it sometimes and sometimes the scar is not noticeable
  19. Hi Christy, you asked about treats? I assume for training? What I did for Slick is I mixed the raw grond pork with the cooked white rice and shaped it into a pyrex dish as a "meat loaf". I put about a half inch of water around it, covered with foil and baked it at 350 for about 45 mins to an hour. Then when it cooles you can cut it into bite size treats. The other thing that I forgot to mention is that my vet recommended that I go to the health food store and get Slippery Elm Bark POWDER, not liquid(tastes bad) and put it in his food w/ each meal. One capsule each time, it soothes the stomach. Please keep us posted on his progress, I know it is very frustrating! Last year was the longest year of my life with Slick's problems, Nikki
  20. Hi Christy, you asked about treats? I assume for training? What I did for Slick is I mixed the raw grond pork with the cooked white rice and shaped it into a pyrex dish as a "meat loaf". I put about a half inch of water around it, covered with foil and baked it at 350 for about 45 mins to an hour. Then when it cooles you can cut it into bite size treats. The other thing that I forgot to mention is that my vet recommended that I go to the health food store and get Slippery Elm Bark POWDER, not liquid(tastes bad) and put it in his food w/ each meal. One capsule each time, it soothes the stomach. Please keep us posted on his progress, I know it is very frustrating! Last year was the longest year of my life with Slick's problems, Nikki
  21. Hi Christy, I can totally relate to what you and your pup are going thru... My now 15 month old BC, Slick, went thru this EXACT situation for 7 months! I had the vet do all kinds of bacteria and worming type tests, even one that was very costly and sent out to a special lab... Everyone of them, I think there wewe 4 alltogether over the 7 months, came back clear, no parasite, bacteria, nothing. EXTREMLY FRUSTRATING!! I know! Slick had "the sqirts" literally, and yucky, horrible smelly mucousy poops!. This is what FINALLY worked for him: For 4 weeks, he was only to eat boiled white rice and extra lean cooked ground pork,3 months on this diet and being only on this, no treats or anything else. I was totally shocked to hear pork too! He ate 3 meals daily, along with the antibiotic, Metronidizole, which was a "lifesaver" for him. Like someone else said, it is an antibiotic for the GI tract, soothes the "ripped up" tummy. We think that all of this happened to him due to being on Ace Promazine and Rimidyl for about 2 months or so. He had JPS surgery on both hips at 4 months, so he had to be tranquilized to recover, and then 6 weeks later, he went in for OCD surgery on his right shoulder. Luckily he is completely fine now by the looks of his xrays. He took the Metronidazole initially twice a day for 3 months or so, I was concerned, but it was the only thing that got rid of his horrible diarreha. After about 3 months on this cooked diet, I slowly incorperated a kibble called Natural Choice, chicken meal, rice and oatmeal formula, it is made for sensitive stomaches. I still kept him on the Metro for about 4 more weeks, but only once a day. Then I went to a half a pill once a day, then half pill every other day. Finally weaned him off to the point that he has now been Diarrea free for 5 months. It is definitly worth a try. I also added to his food twice a day a digestive enzyme powder called Dr. Goodpet. It is a good idea to give this when on antibiotics. Today his diet consists of the same kibble, raw beef or buffalo, flaxseed oil and Glucosimine/Condroitin tablets. He is doing great. The vet said that he is now allergic to the Rimidyl and that is probably what tore his guts up the most. Has your baby been on one of these antiinflammatories? Hope this helps, if you want to talk you can email me personally and I can give you my phone #, take care, Nikki
  22. Hi Christy, I can totally relate to what you and your pup are going thru... My now 15 month old BC, Slick, went thru this EXACT situation for 7 months! I had the vet do all kinds of bacteria and worming type tests, even one that was very costly and sent out to a special lab... Everyone of them, I think there wewe 4 alltogether over the 7 months, came back clear, no parasite, bacteria, nothing. EXTREMLY FRUSTRATING!! I know! Slick had "the sqirts" literally, and yucky, horrible smelly mucousy poops!. This is what FINALLY worked for him: For 4 weeks, he was only to eat boiled white rice and extra lean cooked ground pork,3 months on this diet and being only on this, no treats or anything else. I was totally shocked to hear pork too! He ate 3 meals daily, along with the antibiotic, Metronidizole, which was a "lifesaver" for him. Like someone else said, it is an antibiotic for the GI tract, soothes the "ripped up" tummy. We think that all of this happened to him due to being on Ace Promazine and Rimidyl for about 2 months or so. He had JPS surgery on both hips at 4 months, so he had to be tranquilized to recover, and then 6 weeks later, he went in for OCD surgery on his right shoulder. Luckily he is completely fine now by the looks of his xrays. He took the Metronidazole initially twice a day for 3 months or so, I was concerned, but it was the only thing that got rid of his horrible diarreha. After about 3 months on this cooked diet, I slowly incorperated a kibble called Natural Choice, chicken meal, rice and oatmeal formula, it is made for sensitive stomaches. I still kept him on the Metro for about 4 more weeks, but only once a day. Then I went to a half a pill once a day, then half pill every other day. Finally weaned him off to the point that he has now been Diarrea free for 5 months. It is definitly worth a try. I also added to his food twice a day a digestive enzyme powder called Dr. Goodpet. It is a good idea to give this when on antibiotics. Today his diet consists of the same kibble, raw beef or buffalo, flaxseed oil and Glucosimine/Condroitin tablets. He is doing great. The vet said that he is now allergic to the Rimidyl and that is probably what tore his guts up the most. Has your baby been on one of these antiinflammatories? Hope this helps, if you want to talk you can email me personally and I can give you my phone #, take care, Nikki
  23. Wow! That is really awesome how they are doing dogs teeth nowadays. I worked as an RDA (reg. Dental Assistant) for years, and I think that it is definitly the wisest decision to go ahead and fix dogs teeth as well. Just out of curiosity, what does something like this cost for a dogs molar with 3 roots? Nikki
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