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by tiva
Sun Aug 18, 2013 5:01 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: enlarged lymph nodes 6 week old puppy
Replies: 9
Views: 8350

Re: enlarged lymph nodes 6 week old puppy

Hi- I don't know about lymph nodes, but I do know that 6 weeks is FAR FAR too young for a puppy to leave her litter! She needs to be back with them, and getting her first vet check now. Here's a good guide to WHY staying with the litter is so very important at her young age: http://www.humanesociety...
by tiva
Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:30 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Need some extra tips on how to make territorial issue better
Replies: 9
Views: 575

Re: Need some extra tips on how to make territorial issue be

Hi- When my Vanya was getting very reactive to both people and dogs walking by outside our cabin, I bought privacy window film from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Non-Adhesive-Frosted-Privacy-Window-Film/dp/B007RCX088" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this...
by tiva
Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:48 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Horrible Vet Experience -_-
Replies: 10
Views: 730

Re: Horrible Vet Experience -_-

My sympathies! I don't have any helpful advice--I just moved from a location with the world's most wonderful visiting vet, to a new town, and I too had a lousy vet visit. So I can imagine how terrible you felt, since I felt the way you describe. Amie's advice seems really useful. Keep up the faith: ...
by tiva
Sat Aug 03, 2013 6:23 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Seeking help for Simone
Replies: 8
Views: 586

Re: Seeking help for Simone

We need to try to do something about Simone's behavior...either a trainer or a behaviorist. To grossly oversimplfiy a complex and subtle behavioral suite, she practices passive resistance a lot of the time when being walked; she can get really stubborn and just decline to participate. As another po...
by tiva
Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:22 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: TRAINING CERTAIN BEHAVIOR
Replies: 13
Views: 688

Re: TRAINING CERTAIN BEHAVIOR

Inaras mom wrote:I want a "kisses" greeting from Vanya!


Careful what you wish for!
by tiva
Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:22 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: TRAINING CERTAIN BEHAVIOR
Replies: 13
Views: 688

Re: TRAINING CERTAIN BEHAVIOR

I trained most of them with the help of a clicker, cheez whiz for treats, The Manners Minder and Dr Sophia Yin's excellent training video that comes with the Manners Minder. There are lots of good clicker training videos on youtube--kikopup has great examples.
by tiva
Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:23 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Happy Tail
Replies: 70
Views: 30311

Re: Happy Tail

I hope tomorrow's surgery (#7?!!!??) goes well.
by tiva
Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:18 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: TRAINING CERTAIN BEHAVIOR
Replies: 13
Views: 688

Re: TRAINING CERTAIN BEHAVIOR

It's fun--and useful--to train a number of different greeting rituals. Vanya knows: 1. "go say hi"--this is (supposedly) a calm, polite greeting that involves a nose target to the new person's hand and a turn back to me for a treat. 2. "kisses!"--this involves excited kisses, shr...
by tiva
Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:57 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Time for euthanasia?
Replies: 26
Views: 12113

Re: Time for euthanasia?

Thanks for your kind words. When Vanya and I play in the orchard, I keep looking around for her until I remember she's gone.
by tiva
Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:38 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Cancer and supliments?
Replies: 7
Views: 5543

Re: Cancer and supliments?

I don't know much about him, but it's worth talking with your vet. When my Tiva had mast cell cancer twice, our vet did a lot of research on nutritional support after surgery (we couldn't do chemo for a variety of reasons--mostly because Tiva was 15, and chemo was going to be about $7000 and require...
by tiva
Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:33 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Severe Anxiety
Replies: 13
Views: 7751

Re: Severe Anxiety

I'm very glad that you've started her on fluoxetine, and that your vet seems knowledgeable. If fluoxetine doesn't work at first, there are all sorts of things to try: adjusting the dosage, changing the timing, trying one of the other good drugs available for anxiety. So don't despair! And don't worr...
by tiva
Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:54 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Time for euthanasia?
Replies: 26
Views: 12113

Re: Time for euthanasia?

Dear Tiva has died. The vet came out Monday while I was driving down to the farm, and gave Tiva a mild sedative so she would be calm until I arrived. We all spent the night out in the orchard, and in the morning the vet came back and gave her the euthanasia shots. Naomi, her amazing housesitter who ...
by tiva
Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:59 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Time for euthanasia?
Replies: 26
Views: 12113

Re: Time for euthanasia?

My husband called, and Tiva had another seizure last night, it seems like. Now her back legs won't support her--it was a little better in the morning, but now they're collapsing. My husband says she's freaking out, trying to stand up. This may be her time. I've got a 7 hour drive to get back down to...
by tiva
Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:43 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Awkward topic ... dog erections
Replies: 13
Views: 7630

Re: Awkward topic ... dog erections

I don't know why it's happening, but sugar will make it go away. (The literal kind, I'm not suggesting you find him a date to give him a little sum'n sum'n) Sugar? You feed it to him? Or something else? The mind boggles. Vanya has this happen maybe once a year or so. He staggers around looking bewi...
by tiva
Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:59 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Severe Anxiety
Replies: 13
Views: 7751

Re: Severe Anxiety

Dogs, like people, can have all sorts of chemical imbalances that make meds a great option. Meds absolutely don't need to turn a dog into a zombie, drugged out lump on a couch. I started trying herbs and OTC meds, which was a huge mistake. APrescription meds are far, far better regulated than over t...

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