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  1. You misunderstand me. I'm not assuming that this has nothing to do with physical causes. I'm just asking for advice on behavioral ones. That being said. I really don't need sarcasm right now. I'm dealing with enough between Gunnar's issues and Rhea's to top it off. Thanks for your advice I do appreciate it.
  2. Best reason I can give you to why I have this idea is because I know my dog. I know his behavior, I know his looks. I'm not ignoring that the medication can have an effect on his appetite, I imagine it does. However, I'm also considering years and years of past experience with this pup on medication. Also, if it was just him feeling like trash he wouldn't want his treats as eagerly as he does. If I were to put a small pile of his kibble in front of him and a carrot as well he would eat the carrot and leave the kibble to the kitty (who is amazingly not picky). Oh I wanted to point out that
  3. Valid point. Perhaps I shouldn't wait him out and see if he eats regularly again. He is pretty fond of yogurt and that doesn't seem to upset his stomach, I could add that to his kibble. No, she didn't do a sterile urine tap. She suggested an ultrasound...should I bring this up? Our old trick of adding olive oil didn't work either. That's kind of why I was thinking it had something more to do with being nervous and having a negative reaction to feeding time. Maybe he just really hates Taste of the Wild...
  4. This is honestly my greatest fear. I'm waiting for one of the epileptics to come down with cancer because that would just be our luck. I think the first time she checked his white blood cell count and it was outside of the range they look for for cancer but I may ask again. I'm thought of the egg mixture thing actually. It's a good option if he persists in not eating. Anybody ever have a dog stop eating because of nerves?
  5. If it comes down to it we will. We're kind of going along with the advice of our vet at this point. We'll do the blood panel if she asks for it. What kind of things should I look for in his mouth? We brush their teeth fairly often (just did so on Sunday actually) and can check ourselves. If it persists this may end up being what we do.... I'd like to avoid it as much as possible but as they get older I imagine it will become necessary.
  6. Hey when I said "ill" I meant vomiting. I tried to make that clear, sorry for the confusion. Yes he has some sort of urinary tract infection and yes he's gone to the vet and gotten checked over. Thus the drugs. I think his last blood work was at the end of last year to check all his levels (seizure medication protocol and what not). Also, the first time this happened he got the full typical work up for anything urinary related. Everything came back negative. This time his urine sample had a few crystals in it. So if the antibiotics don't clear it up we'll be going in for an ultrasound. Re
  7. Hi everyone...wow it's been a very long time since I've posted on here. After the pups developed epilepsy I sort of clung onto the epilepsy group and stopped posting here all together. However this problem requires a keen understand of the Border Collie mind and I know there's nowhere else I can go. Ok, maybe I could go to a behaviorist but before that, I'll try here. Little back ground since I'm probably new to most of you these days. Gunnar is our male Border Collie (we have 2 females as well) and is just over 9 years old. For nearly 8.5 years he's eaten like a champ. When they were you
  8. Thanks everyone for your thoughts. We haven't seen a specialist because frankly, it's cost prohibitive. I suppose it wouldn't hurt to look one up though. Our vet has discussed other drugs with us, I'm not sure if one was Zonisamide but I think Potassium Bromide was one of the other options she mentioned. We started off of Pheno from their advice since it typically works with all dogs (just as well as the other drugs, as they put it) and it's substantially less expensive. We can get a months worth of pheno for $17, how much do those other drugs cost? If they're about the same, then I'll mention
  9. I feel like I failed. Like I was in a race with some opponent named "seizure" and they just took the gold. Today marks the day we're giving up on the fight against Gunnar's seizures by eliminating his "triggers". He seems to be set off so easily now. This most recent bought of 3 seizures in 1.5 days was caused by Iterceptor, we think, which he's never been sensitive to before. Counting the set of seizures he had from getting some one-on-one bark time that's 6 this month. We've picking up the phenobarbital today. Sorry buddy...hopefully this medicine will set you right again. (picture fr
  10. Masi does that sometimes, and that may be why but Gunnar pretty much ignores water that's not in a stream or a water bowl. Even since my first post, things have gotten better. Maybe he knows we're wise to him? I think we'll weigh him next week or the week after to see if any of the weight has come back on. Thanks everyone!
  11. Talked to the vet, Gunnar's pee was too concentrated to be DI. Phew. It's probably just an ocd or quirk or something. We'll up his food and see if we can put some of those 3 lbs back on. Olivia, we had the Lepto vaccine the last couple years so he should be ok with that at least. Thanks for all the helpful advice everyone. It's amazing how I can come on here, after quite a while of being absent, ask some random question and be flooded with good vibes and experience on the matter.
  12. The more and more I read about DI the less I think that's the issue, thankfully. Still waiting to talk to my vet of course. A key phrase is repeated on almost every website I find, the dog's thirst is insatiable and with lack of water, the volume of pee does not decrease. But Gunnar isn't always at the water bowl, and when we tried to test him several weeks back, we left all 3 dogs in different rooms while we were at work instead of leaving them in the same room, he didn't touch the water at all. And when we know he hasn't had a ton to drink, he'll pee less. hhhmmmm I'll let you know what my v
  13. Do you remember what her symptoms were exactly? Thanks. I've called my vet, waiting to get a call back to mention this to her.
  14. The vet said there was no sign of diabetes from the urine or blood test, and it was a full flood test, full panel, the whole shebang-here's-my-wallet-and-call-me-in-the-morning. That was one thing we were worried about. My husband's sister is a brand new vet and suggested the full panel to rule that out. Is DI something that won't show up in the blood at all and needs a different test? Gunnar is just about to turn 5. He's still as energetic as ever but as you all know, it takes a lot to get a BC down. No change in the quality of his coat, nice and shiny. He's always dry around this time o
  15. Hi all...I've been pretty absent for a while. Just sorta fell out of habit of checking the boars so often. I know I can always come back here and probe the awesome knowledge of the boards though. So, here I am, with another issue in tow. Long story short, Gunnar has lost weight (about 3 lbs in 4 months and he was not fat to begin with) and drinks an excess of water and then has a hard time controlling his bladder. We woke up to him peeing on his bed (fully awake and lifting his leg mind you, and no it wasn't a territory thing and his mess smelled diluted) last week and took him to th
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