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by Circe
Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:22 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: At a loss... Eauthanise?? Please help!
Replies: 129
Views: 2651

Re: At a loss... Eauthanise?? Please help!

Everyone should just put on the brakes for a second here. Unless I missed something, the dog hasn't had a thyroid panel run. Before saying that it's a genetic issue, and to euthanize, I really think that the thyroid test should be done. Yes, its probably not as likely, but I've seen a dog go from a ...
by Circe
Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:32 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Raccoon fight .. help please
Replies: 61
Views: 5923

Re: Raccoon fight .. help please

Double posting to add that my mom got bit years after the raccoon thing, not during the same visit.
by Circe
Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:31 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Raccoon fight .. help please
Replies: 61
Views: 5923

Re: Raccoon fight .. help please

About the rabies, just wanted to chime in that when my aunt's dogs attacked a raccoon a few years ago, she gave them rabies boosters and quarantined the pair of them. She's a vet, so she was able to do so herself. Both Red and Lucky were up to date, but the 'coon was acting oddly and had been doing ...
by Circe
Sun Oct 17, 2010 1:20 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Cats and heartworm
Replies: 10
Views: 878

Cats and heartworm

So, I recently brought one of my kitties down to college with me in Florida (we're allowed pets in the dorms) and I've been working on getting her leash trained so she can lose some weight. However, I'm wondering if she should be put on a heartworm preventative. I've been told multiple things by dif...
by Circe
Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:44 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Can someone explain this to me, please? (renal failure)
Replies: 40
Views: 3499

Re: Can someone explain this to me, please? (renal failure)

I'm curious about what her urine specific gravity is. Its not as good as the BUN/Creatinine, but it can tell you how well her kidneys are working to concentrate her urine. I've also had falsely high BUN/creat readings for one of my cats, when she was dehydrated from a virus at the time. 48 hours lat...
by Circe
Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:22 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Licks around when scratched above tail?
Replies: 12
Views: 400

Re: Licks around when scratched above tail?

Haha, I have a couple cats who do that too! Plus, the clinic cat Moe who would start going "Mrow-wow-wow-row" every time you did that.
by Circe
Sun Jun 06, 2010 10:44 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Healhy diets for dogs - The pros, the cons, and society
Replies: 11
Views: 926

Re: Healhy diets for dogs - The pros, the cons, and society

Western medicine as a whole seems to be all about treating the symptoms, not the cause. As an example, I went through a few years where I had chronic ear infections. I was proscribed antibiotics so often that now, I can no longer take penicillin. However, my diet changed shortly after the last ear i...
by Circe
Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:19 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Chronic Renal Failure Questions
Replies: 21
Views: 1935

Re: Chronic Renal Failure Questions

KittNyanNyan, I would strongly suggest demanding a copy of your dog's bloodwork, and finding a new vet, PRONTO. With a combination of luck, education, and the right care for dogs with CRF, I've seen a few live up to 5-6 years post diagnosis. Having a good holistic vet is also an excellent help, as t...
by Circe
Tue Mar 02, 2010 5:39 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Chronic Renal Failure Questions
Replies: 21
Views: 1935

Re: Chronic Renal Failure Questions

I can't stress enough to watch how much fat your dog gets. Pancreatitis is what killed my dog a few years ago, and we'd been managing her CRF for a little under a year at that point. We were feeding a totally holistic diet, home-cooked (you can't pay me to feed science diet). Also, are you doing sub...
by Circe
Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:12 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Can raw diet cause dog drink excessively?
Replies: 59
Views: 5103

Re: Can raw diet cause dog drink excessively?

I want to second (third?) the suggestion on Pitcairn's book. I found it to be a useful reference when designing a diet for my senior dog when she was found to be in the mid-level stage of kidney failure. Also, there are more options out for treating CRF today than there were even two years ago. I ha...
by Circe
Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:03 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Puppy almost died today
Replies: 18
Views: 1525

Re: Puppy almost died today

I'm curious--isn't it possible to chemically neuter dogs? I think I've heard about it before, and given that Zen did have such a bad reaction to the anaesthetic, maybe avoiding surgery altogether would be a good idea. He'd still have his teabags, but he couldn't go off making puppies.
by Circe
Sun Jun 14, 2009 4:57 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Liberty on the Homefront
Replies: 437
Views: 14301

Wow! It sounds like Liberty has really good canine communication skills, actually. I guess Jackie learned her lesson but good!
by Circe
Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:16 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: I am SO fed up!
Replies: 45
Views: 1661

To add on to what HersheyBear said, was it just a urinalysis that was run? Most of the time, any issues will show up in the urine, but not always. Sometimes, you need bloodwork to be certain. When my dog was found to have kidney failure, she had almost no classic symptoms whatsoever. Had we not run ...
by Circe
Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:24 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Best commercial food for early stage kidney failure?
Replies: 6
Views: 685

I was going to mention Innova senior, but I see that you found it already. What we ended up doing with our dog when she was diagnosed with kidney failure is the home-cooked method. That way you can control exactly what your dog is eating, and if they're picky like Midnight was (dear lord that dog wa...
by Circe
Sun Jan 18, 2009 3:02 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Elderly dog w/arthritis pain: options?
Replies: 11
Views: 1118

If your dog isn't a big fan of taking pills, some holistic pet food stores sell chicken jerky strips that have somehow been infused with glucosamin chondroiton(I have no idea how that works). Sometimes they also have powder mixes that help as well. Both of those worked well for me; the chicken strip...

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