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by meginok
Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:09 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: puking his kibble, refusing to eat any of it.
Replies: 1
Views: 347

Hmmm... I don't feed any raw, so I'm no help there. I do want to share one little thing, just because it could end up being important (or could end up meaning nothing in your case). We'd had Abbie Lou (about 10 mo old at the time) for around 3 weeks when she began to vomit. About every other meal at...
by meginok
Mon Oct 08, 2007 5:09 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: science diet high energy dog food
Replies: 14
Views: 952

Sorry for the double post, but here's a link to the yellow pages listing for pet stores in Lubbock:

http://www.yellowpages.com/Lubbock-TX/Pet-Stores?t=pet
by meginok
Mon Oct 08, 2007 5:02 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: science diet high energy dog food
Replies: 14
Views: 952

I'm NOT a fan of Science Diet. That may be one of their "better" formulations, as far as that goes, but Science Diet would be very close to the bottom of any list I came up with. Here are some other local sources to look at to see if there are better foods available to you: Listed on Canid...
by meginok
Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:05 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: new blue.
Replies: 1
Views: 331

Any clue where I can get an ingredients list? I went to Blue's website, but it's not up there yet. I'm ALWAYS on the lookout for readily available foods that have no rice, egg, sweet potato, or the few other ingredients we avoid (anything dairy, apple, peanuts, and a few more...darned allergies! tho...
by meginok
Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:03 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: science diet high energy dog food
Replies: 14
Views: 952

http://www.pitbullforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=23039

http://www.pitbullforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=43

See those two threads for some discussion of some of the better brands of commercial food out there.

I know very few (NO?) knowledgeable pet owners who feed Science Diet.
by meginok
Tue Oct 02, 2007 4:40 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Expensive surgeries
Replies: 47
Views: 2991

My dog has had two expensive surgeries (well, about 1500-2000 each). Our case was sort of different because they were life or death, immediate things. I basically had to pay or my dog would have died within hours. I had the money, so I paid it, simple as that. I didn't really give it as thought. Yo...
by meginok
Tue Oct 02, 2007 2:00 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: mucus in stools
Replies: 9
Views: 552

And the switch may be more problematic than the food itself. Abbie Lou does GREAT on NB duck and potato, which was the food that intially gave her the mucousy, bloody stools. Some dogs just don't handle changing over that well (and again, I know I switched too quickly...didn't have a choice, as she'...
by meginok
Tue Oct 02, 2007 11:19 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Kennel Cough
Replies: 10
Views: 594

When Abbie Lou had it, her cough was very "gaggy." Seemed almost like she wanted to vomit and couldn't, or like she had something stuck in her throat.
by meginok
Tue Oct 02, 2007 11:18 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: mucus in stools
Replies: 9
Views: 552

I had to do a 100% food switch due to food allergies early on in Abbie's life with us. The 100% food switch was likely to blame for the large amounts of mucous and small amounts of blood in her stool (she has the most tricky GI system of any dog I've every known!). I wouldn't freak right away, but I...
by meginok
Sun Sep 30, 2007 10:47 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Can someone help me?
Replies: 5
Views: 422

You said you bathe her every three weeks. Do the bumps tend to get worse after the baths?

I don't know much about Malta...do you have fleas there? And is your pup on flea prevention?

Skin irritation can have SO MANY causes! I do think a visit to the vet is a good starting point.
by meginok
Mon Sep 24, 2007 2:46 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: 8 wo trying to nurse lactating non bio mom
Replies: 3
Views: 364

My parents' Scotty spontaneously made milk for a litter of lab pups, as well as Crazy Melvin...a cat! Not a particularly unusual thing. Ditto Gatorpit on the worms...I don't know why nursing on a healthy mama dog (whether it's the bio mom or not) would increase a risk of parasite infestation, but th...
by meginok
Sun Sep 23, 2007 2:18 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Does Ingredients REALLY matter?
Replies: 40
Views: 2255

Misskiwi, what do you know about processing/handling of byproducts? I have no issue with feeding "nasties" my beasts. I don't have it in me to go the raw route right now...though I do keep it under consideration, and might HAVE to go that route someday (if Abbie Lou develops an intolerance...
by meginok
Sat Sep 22, 2007 10:38 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Does Ingredients REALLY matter?
Replies: 40
Views: 2255

Saying most dogs are allergic to corn/wheat/whatever is just silly. Even if 80% of the dogs whose food is purchased from your particular store really are allergic to certain grains, that isn't a sample that will give you any kind of idea of what the rest of the dogs in the world are like. That would...
by meginok
Thu Sep 13, 2007 11:33 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Hemotoma
Replies: 25
Views: 1313

Shamus got a hematoma on his...not sure what to call it. The bottom of his chest? Not his front-chest, like below his neck, but the bottom of his ribcage (I'd call it the heartgirth, if he was a horse). Because of where it was, it ballooned quickly. It was at the deepest point of his ribcage, so gra...
by meginok
Tue Sep 11, 2007 3:06 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: How often do your dogs get upset stomachs?
Replies: 23
Views: 2038

Probiotics in kibble are pretty useless since it's cooked at such a high temp. that the bacteria isn't going to survive. If it were me, I'd try getting a broad spectrum probiotic supplement, slowly add it to his meals and then, after a few weeks, switch to a good quality plain, unsweetened, additiv...

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