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by tiva
Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:01 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Time for euthanasia?
Replies: 26
Views: 11720

Re: Time for euthanasia?

It looks like Tiva is doing better than my Missy. Missy is approx 12 if not older but she's a rescue so that's a guesstimation. She was obviously abused before I had her. Here's her list of known issues: -arthritis (treated daily with Previcox) -senility -stone deaf -ear hematoma -cataracts -incont...
by tiva
Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:57 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Time for euthanasia?
Replies: 26
Views: 11720

Re: Time for euthanasia?

Nancy, from what I understand this type of cooling jacket works better than the ones you wet down, especially if it's humid outside: http://www.chillybuddy.com/index/cooling.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Sending tons of ...
by tiva
Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:41 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Happy Tail
Replies: 70
Views: 28970

Re: Happy Tail

Just saw this thread--how awful for you all. My thoughts are with you, and I hope it all goes well today.
by tiva
Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:37 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Time for euthanasia?
Replies: 26
Views: 11720

Re: Time for euthanasia?

Yep, I think the trick is keeping her cool. We'll try that cooling scarf. We do use a cooling bed, but it's not a lot of help, given the extreme humidity. Today she was calmer about staying inside in the AC, so that's probably the best approach. Freezing her wet food inside a kong to a mushy semi-fr...
by tiva
Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:24 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Time for euthanasia?
Replies: 26
Views: 11720

Time for euthanasia?

Hi everyone, I know there are no easy answers to this, but I'd appreciate some feedback. And spelling things out in writing might help me think. It's about Tiva, our nearly 18 year old (!) pit bull. She's had quite the life since we rescued her 16 years ago, and we're not sure if it's her time or no...
by tiva
Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:06 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Mast Cell Tumors : Lessons Learned
Replies: 109
Views: 112945

Re: Mast Cell Tumors : Lessons Learned

So sorry to hear that! I hope the oncologist had some hopeful options for you. For what it's worth (every dog is different), Tiva had her second MCT come back grade 2, dirty margins. She was 15, so we opted not to do radiation or chemo. Now she's 18, still chugging along. Her mitotic index was extre...
by tiva
Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:04 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Need help for a super dog reactive dog
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Re: Need help for a super dog reactive dog

I also have a very reactive pit bull in the Madison area. We've worked with Sarah Kalnajs of Blue Dog on private lessons (http://www.bluedogtraining.com/aboutSarah.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;) and Trisha McConnell's former company, Dog's Best Friend, which has a well-regarded...
by tiva
Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:40 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: 11 Month Pup Who Jumps Up and Bites
Replies: 5
Views: 290

Re: 11 Month Pup Who Jumps Up and Bites

Our Vanya (male pit bull) did the jumping up and grabbing our arms and coats thing a lot when we first adopted him. It was all about over-excitement, but it's not a good habit for any dog, much less a pit bull. We found Leslie McDevitt's Control Unleashed to be incredibly helpful, since the exercise...
by tiva
Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:12 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: D.A.P. collar- putting it to the test
Replies: 39
Views: 927

Re: D.A.P. collar- putting it to the test

Interesting! When we came to Sweden, our housesitter reported that Tiva ( our 17 year old pit) was stressed and having difficulty settling. We ordered a DAP collar, and it did seem to help her adjust to the changes with the new housesitter and us being gone. It wasn't an instant cure, by any means, ...
by tiva
Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:07 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Vibration Collar
Replies: 18
Views: 683

Re: Vibration Collar

Like Red, I have the dogtra 280ncp. I wish I'd gotten the Dogtra Element, which came out later, since the collar unit is a bit smaller. Both the collar unit and the unit you hold are completely waterproof and the collar has a 1/2 mile range. For both our dogs, the vibration is quiet enough and mild ...
by tiva
Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:17 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Peeing on us
Replies: 3
Views: 200

Re: Peeing on us

Urine marking in the intact, maturing male dog! If he's intact, this is completely normal and natural (and, yes, unpleasant). Dogs don't think of pee as something nasty. For them, this is all about communication and social cohesion. But you can train them not to pee on you or inside. Here's a good a...
by tiva
Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:12 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Dog-Dog Aggression
Replies: 6
Views: 273

Re: Dog-Dog Aggression

Oh, and since your dog did break the skin on the other dog, I wouldn't ever allow play sessions with groups of dogs anymore. It's completely possible for your dog to continue to play nicely with your pug. But do watch some videos on dog play and dog language, so you can learn to see signs of tension...
by tiva
Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:07 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Dog-Dog Aggression
Replies: 6
Views: 273

Re: Dog-Dog Aggression

Ah, this email could have been written about our Vanya. He was a little younger than your dog when we adopted him. He initially got along quite well with our other 2 dogs (a husky X and a pit X), but things got touchier as he matured. I'm also an avid hiker, biker, skier, climber, etc, and I couldn'...
by tiva
Sun Sep 09, 2012 2:51 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: cant keep dogs of furniture
Replies: 10
Views: 342

Re: cant keep dogs of furniture

Goodwill is the answer! Go to Goodwill and buy a bunch of old blankets and comforters to cover the furniture while you're gone. Hide the blankets in the closet when you're home, if you don't want the dogs to hang out with you. Or just give in and let them up on the furniture all the time. Life's sho...
by tiva
Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:05 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: PLEASE HELP...MAJOR ISSUES...need help ASAP
Replies: 26
Views: 481

Re: PLEASE HELP...MAJOR ISSUES...need help ASAP

Here's a good blog post from Tricia McConnell about treating thunder anxiety: http://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theoth ... ia-in-dogs

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