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  1. Again, just my experience - and yours may vary. I had a 14 yr old BC, who had been VERY active and VERY fit her entire life. Her liver enzymes came back as elevated. After an ultrasound, my internal medicine vet (an absolutely wonderful guy) suggested surgery. I said to myself, "Self, do you really want to do this??" We had many and lengthy conversations about the risks, the possibilities pro and con, the eventual outcomes, the possibility of increased life span. Because (and only because) I really really really trust this guy - I said, "Let's do it." So they did. Turns out she
  2. I admit - I haven't read every one of your posts. But: I have a 3.5 yr old BC (rescue, so who knows really) that was losing weight, though he had a good appetite. No vomiting, no diarrhea - but he has just been diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. We started with an ultrasound, read by an expert (not my very good local vet), with no results. Endoscopy was recommended and done, with a number of biopsies. His is, hopefully, controllable, but will never be cured. It's worth at least looking into this. I hope it's NOT what your dog is going through. My dog had NO symptoms except wei
  3. Agree with everything that's been said, especially the 12 yr old walker. There's a boy in my neighborhood who got a lab puppy about a year ago. The dog now weighs more than the boy, though he is adamant about walking him twice a day (just down the street and back, and in a Halti - but at least the dog gets out!). One day, another person (not from the neighborhood) had a smaller dog out in the same area. The dogs "just wanted to say hi" (actually I don't think there was any aggression involved...thankfully), and BOTH dogs pulled out of their walker's hands. As said, thankfully, it was all f
  4. Just for the record: mirtazapine is also used as an appetite stimulant (though he can also be used for vomiting, diarrhea and anxiety). If your dog continues to not be interested in eating, it would be worth looking into. diane
  5. One thing my oldest did: she had always been a good eater. But as she aged, before she had any real healthy issues, she didn't want her morning meal. Something about being too "empty" to put much in her mouth. But by noontime, she was ready and would eat as much as she normally would have in the morning. So - while it's inconvenient if you're working, if there's any way to try a mid-day meal, that just might work. Good luck. diane
  6. I know nothing of the subject. But if you're worried - I'd sure be looking for another vet! Perhaps one more versed in reproduction? Good luck. diane
  7. Mental games: Hiding treats, hiding toys. Silly "useless" tricks like "give me your paw", put your front feet on a book/box/platform, put your back feet on same, crawl under my legs while I'm sitting with my knees up, walk by my side (up and down hallway or just across room), back up (gentle on a youngster with this one). Not sure what your "treat puzzle" is but maybe use that several times a day. I'll second the recommendation to look up Kikopup - but remember your pup is just a BABY! Attention span is that of a gnat. And growing bones, joints, etc. Have fun! diane
  8. Nomad: I'm late to see this post. But please clarify: (not that it matters a lot! Fast = emergency! Got that.) Was it her mammary gland that was infected? Hope she is back to normal and doesn't scare you like that again! diane
  9. It took a Very Long Time....but I finally got to the point with my two BCs (I think first success was when one was 9 and the other was 3) - one in a down/stay while I work with the other one. At first, it was just living room conditioning exercises, but finally got to the point of being able to practice agility that way. That said....my youngest (rescue) may never get there! But we're working on it. Everyone knows they'll get their turn. I don't think the exact same amount of time is critical - one might need more than another. Good luck with the pup! And pics are necessary, here, ya
  10. I'm surprised no one has mentioned this, or maybe I just missed it. I would recommend finding some competitive herding folks, perhaps attend a trial or a clinic. You may not be interested in, or able to do any, herding. But if you seriously want a working-bred dog - go where they are! I think (and stand to be corrected if I'm wrong), that if you are upfront about what you want, what you can offer, and what you are looking for - those folks would listen. They may not have any pups at the moment; they may not have any "herding washouts" at the moment. But you can at least make a connec
  11. One of mine is going to break his teeth on the hose nozzle doing this! Except....I try to prevent that. He has "nipped" it a few times, so toothmarks are proof! But he does love his water!! Hose, stream, puddle, lake - all good! diane
  12. Been there - so sorry you are too. While I would *never* (oops....) recommend it, Hill's Canine KD (kidney diet) was a hit with my guy whenever he was off his regular homemade food. Usually just one or two meals of it set him straight, and he'd be back to liking the better stuff. At some point, it doesn't really matter what they're eating, does it, as long as they're eating? Best of luck to you both. diane
  13. I feel your pain. Try to remember the good times, eventually it will be easier; but the pain never goes away. diane
  14. I just lost my 14 yr old BC to cancer; he's had kidney disease for at least three years. He had some issues when it was first diagnosed, but essentially he was stable and had no symptoms recently. I contacted a vet nutritionist who was willing to work with me on a raw diet for him (a version of which he'd been on his entire life, with great success). He had special recipes, different from my younger healthy dogs, and thrived on it. He maintained a good weight (well, except for the last month or so...), his coat was great, and he was hiking up to five miles just a few weeks ago. I
  15. My current 14 yr old has very little grey - just a few individual hairs across his shoulders. My current nearly-8 yr old starting getting a grey muzzle at age 5! So, I don't think there's any "rule" or standard. Thank you for such a great rescue! diane
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