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  1. So sorry to hear about your and Nalu's experience. I am relieved to hear you have both come back on the long road of recovery. Since you are in a major metropolitan area, I think that you should be able to find a vet that is knowledgeable about TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine). I, and several of my friends, have used one that is local to us. I have been impressed with the approach - which is to try to support and heal the body (and the cause) vs. just trying to treat the symptoms. IMHO, the Chinese herbs can often be less than traditional meds. I find the TCVM approach to be more applicable to chronic issues than acute issues. With regard to the cost of the meds: have you tried GoodRx to see if you can pay less by using one of their coupons?
  2. So sorry to hear about this diagnosis in such a young dog. Will Adequan injections help support joint health? As you have said, keeping him at a healthy weight is important. Also learn how to do exercises that will help the surrounding muscles stay strong and support the joint. Do you have access to a rehab vet?
  3. Thanks for the warning about xylitol in melatonin. I have known about xylitol in PB for several years. Always best to read ingredient labels. I am usually pretty good about reading labels, but not always. Recently I decided to read the labels for chicken broth and beef broth and saw sugar. Sigh. Why do you need that in broth?
  4. Tom, Thanks so much for your input. It is interesting to learn about the different breeds from the people who raise them. Jovi
  5. Thank you for sharing this wonderful update!
  6. Cheryl, Sent PM. Jovi Larson (original poster)
  7. There have been several other threads that cover the question you have asked. A lot of responses there for your information. I am not sure I am remembering it correctly so take this with a grain of salt, but one general estimation is to take the weight at 4 months and double it for adult size. Also, what size were her parents? Do you know?
  8. Yes, the new vaccine is bivalent (protection for 2 types of canine flu). I think it came out this year. (Oops, I mean 2017.) I did not have my dogs vaccinated for the previous canine flu outbreak (maybe 5-6 years ago), but I did vaccinate with the bivalent last summer for several reasons: The outbreaks were much closer to my area - within 100-200 miles, and with dogs traveling to agility trials, it can spread easily the vaccine protected against 2 virus strains (2 for the price of 1 ) and most importantly, the previous flu outbreak could be serious for the older and/or immunocompromised dogs, whereas the newest strain of CIV could be quite devastating in healthy dogs that were not in their senior years. I had read many stories of dogs at trials who were infected with CIV, then passed it on to their multi-dog household. (In one case, 9 dogs in the house and every dog suffered.) And a personal friend with a 4 dog household, had the same experience. I had already had my dogs vaccinated several months previous to her experience. We somehow got on the topic of kennel cough/CIV a month or so before her outbreak, and I told her I had vaccinated, and she pooh-poohed the idea of vaccination for CIV. I am not saying everyone should vaccinate, but I just looked at my dogs' risk factors and felt better about vaccinating at this time.
  9. This. ^^^^ I volunteer with a BC rescue and I will read the adoption applications that come in. Most people desire to adopt because they want to be active with their dog, but a few will say they want a BC because they like to cuddle on the couch, and their relative/neighbor/friend had a BC that loved to cuddle. I have to shake my head and hope the foster parent will dis-abuse them of that general perception. Myself: my 2 boys (10.5 and 3.5 yrs old) will come to 'cuddle' (more like 'getting pets' for about 5 seconds) and then peel off and look at me like "Well, what now? Let's go!" And my girl (she was 13 months when she joined the household and is now 2.5 years old), is the type that would like to crawl into your skin and stay on your lap forever. I will say that I prefer the non-cuddle type.
  10. Thanks to everyone for their thoughts. I am considering all options. With regard to the diet issues: that was the first thing the TCVM vet considered. Even though all her blood work was normal (are there other tests in addition to the normal CBC and blood chemistry that would help diagnose GI issues?), she felt that it would be appropriate to put her on a raw diet. I am fine with that - so now 2 months on a raw diet. It hasn't helped in her case. I was quite disappointed not to observe an improvement because the vet has had several clients who almost immediately became better once switched to raw - but they had outward symptoms of GI issues to start with - vomiting, reluctance to eat, diarrhea. Natt eats vigorously, never vomits (well, maybe a couple of times in 18 months) and has well-formed and regular feces. Rug licking - she will lick the floor more often, but will also lick rugs. I would say 85-90% floor licking. And even though I am not certain the floor licking is causing her seizures, I certainly agree that a new house needs time to 'cure' of smells and fumes.
  11. Hmmm. Interesting thought: licking may be a low-grade seizure. I have heard that invisible fly-biting behavior can be a mild seizure. (I think I read it on these boards.) Why not licking? I am not discounting anything. I can interrupt her licking, but she will pretty quickly go back to licking (when she is in one of her licking periods) once she knows I am not paying attention to her.
  12. To address D'Elle's concern: it was never my intent to keep a muzzle on 24/7. As per terrecar, the intent is to try to interrupt or break what has become a troublesome habit. I have already used distraction techniques, verbal interruptions, calling her to me and rewarding, and a bit of tethering. There are periods throughout the day when she will just NOT stop licking despite my best efforts. She does not lick her bed in her crate - so that is a bit of relief. This habit started a few months ago before and since we have moved into a new house. She never licked the wood floors in our prior house. The new house is a -- new house. The wood floors are newly laid and finished with an oil-base product - which I now think may be the problem. Of course, I could be completely wrong. Neither of my other two dogs are interested in licking the new floors, but Natt started licking them when we started to come to the house to work on projects a month or so before moving in -- and has continued to lick after we moved in although I wash the floors to remove ???. I am hoping that as we live in the house and as the floor-finish cures, she will become less interested in licking. At the same time, I worry about it becoming a habit if I don't try and prevent her from licking as much as possible. I am motivated to try and stop her licking because her licking and her seizures are somewhat correlated. (I know correlation and causation are not the same thing, but I am grasping at straws here.) I wonder if licking the floor-finish is poisoning her system, hence the seizures. Note: I have consulted both a vet who practices traditional western medicine and also a vet who practices Chinese herbal medicine. (She used to practice traditional medicine, but is now 100% TCVM.) They are both comfortable with using a 2-pronged approach. We are throwing everything we can think of at it.
  13. One dog seems to have an OCD need to lick our wooden floors (mostly) and our area rugs (sometimes, but not too often). I would like to stop it as much as possible. She has been switched to raw food - suggestion of one vet who thought her system may be 'unbalanced' and thus, she feels the need to lick. And I do not want to keep chastising her every 30 seconds. Alternatively, there is no way I could keep her attention for several hours straight as an attempt to prevent licking. I guess I could keep her in a crate more since she doesn't seem to lick when in her crate. Another alternative is to put a muzzle on her so she is physically prevented from licking. I have searched Amazon and found this muzzle https://smile.amazon.com/FOMATE-Licking-Proboscis-Postoperative-Surgical/dp/B071J6TTT5/ref=sr_1_14?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1513974228&sr=1-14&keywords=dog+muzzle Unfortunately it is out of stock. Any suggestions for another brand of muzzle that will serve the same purpose? The majority of muzzles will still allow the dog to lick, even though it may prevent barking, biting, chewing. BTW, while I was searching muzzles, I was a little freaked out by the muzzles that have ferocious teeth designs. Thanks in advance for any thoughts.
  14. Julie, thanks for the info. Almost right next door to me (~ 50 miles) Who knew? I will certainly keep them in mind.
  15. I think the demographic that would most benefit from the blogpost is the new adopter and/or general non-dog savvy person. (I agree that experienced dog owners or dog fosters - like D'Elle and JohnLloydJones - is not the audience to which this post was targeted.) Did I think some of the rules too rigid and limiting? Of course. But I felt that the first part of the blogpost (before reaching the list of rules) would be quite a wake-up call to many adopters (or at least the majority of adopters with which I have interacted). It reminds me a bit of Suzanne Clothier's iconic post "I just want to say Hi" (sorry if the title isn't exactly correct). CptJack wrote: "....but if people aren't capable of really reading and adjusting to the dog, doing it may well REALLY help." I agree with this. Experienced dog owners and foster parents are able to read a dog better than the average adopter. They know when not to push a dog. And they can recognize the signals if a dog is pushed too fast and will back off the pressure. As with JohnLloydJones, I advise adopters not to go too fast with 'socializing' the dog, but I think sometimes this verbal advice goes in one ear and out the other - particularly when they may be focused on the dog they are about to go home with. Having an essay that can be read at a quieter time, and perhaps re-read as needed, might be helpful.
  16. Anyone have experience with this breed? I just heard about it and did some reading on-line, but would like to hear personal and/or practical knowledge. Also, how do they react to dogs? i.e. are they "herd-able"?
  17. All of the above suggestions are great. It is really simple (tongue in cheek): factor in temp, wind, humidity, precipitation, activity (running around or sitting in crate), depth of snow, time that dog will be outside, age and condition of dog, fur characteristics (heavy-coated or smooth-coated, undercoat or not), acclimation to local weather, adverse health conditions and ...... [Did I forget anything?] Sorry to be a wise-a$$, but a lot of factors can go into this decision, and you have received excellent answers. Use common sense.
  18. I came across this blog entry titled "Decompression - The Two-Week Shutdown" which does an excellent job explaining how to deal with a rescue dog in the early days of adoption (or fostering). There were some minor points that, if I was really picky, I could argue with, but overall, I think it is a fairly complete coverage of the topic. http://lgarinc.org/decompression-the-two-week-shutdown/ I am sensitive to this issue because our rescue group has had a couple of cases where dogs were returned because they were 'overfaced' and reacted defensively. I will strongly impress on an adoptive family that they should NOT be bringing their new-found love everywhere, to meet everyone and do everything, nor should they be inviting the whole extended family and neighborhood to come and meet their new dog. I know I have had a few adopters that probably did an inner eye-roll when I discussed this, but I really feel that the early days can be very important.
  19. Best wishes for you and Scotch (great name BTW). I have seen quite a few of the lighter-boned Aussies that look like Scotch. If you had told me he was full BC, full Aussie or a mix of the two, I would have taken your word for it. There is a huge overlap in phenotype of the 2 breeds. As for the Aussie rescue group taking in what may be a BC, kudos to them for responding to a dog in need. Our rescue group focuses on BCs and BC mixes, but sometimes we have had a sheltie mix, or a chihuahua that someone couldn't leave in the pound, or a mini-Aussie/JRT mix (best guess - but hey, it was a tri). If the dog is in need and there is a free foster home, sometimes the 'other' dogs sneak into the system. Who cares? all these dogs need a good home.
  20. So very sorry to hear this. I have also lost a dog - years ago - after being hit by a car. It is so painful.
  21. Perhaps I wasn't clear. She didn't suggest it to me. She said everyone had to make their own decision, but that she, herself, would likely take that course of action.
  22. I can understand your point of view, and it is certainly valid. Such a scenario - young dog (<1 year), clusters and bad side effects with no diminishing of seizures - would certainly require careful consideration about quality of life. Hopefully you (or anyone) will not face that in the future.
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