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by tiva
Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:42 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: My dog Dozer passed away today
Replies: 20
Views: 4469

Re: My dog Dozer passed away today

I'm so sorry--but I'm glad he didn't seem to suffer.
by tiva
Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:29 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: ack! tick!
Replies: 8
Views: 1745

Re: ack! tick!

Ah, be glad you don't live in the midwest. We use frontline religiously and do tick checks every night during the 9 month tick season, and we still find plenty of ticks on the dogs, many embedded. We just pluck them out, kill the ticks, and we don't freak out. Most tick-borne diseases only get trans...
by tiva
Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:23 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Lib's Lump
Replies: 67
Views: 9401

Re: Lib's Lump

Oh no, I'm so sorry! As you know, if it is a MCT, chances are that surgery will be curative, particularly since it's on the ear. And if your vet couldn't see mast cells in the aspirate, chances are it's not even a MCT. You can spend some time getting other opinions and deciding on the best vet--ther...
by tiva
Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:19 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Chronic kidney disease developing in Tiva
Replies: 15
Views: 3062

UPDATE on Re: Chronic kidney disease developing in Tiva

Hi- We have lovely news on Tiva's kidneys. At her two month checkup, the blood tests showed that her CRE levels had dropped back down to normal, and her urine tests showed everything normal. We had decreased her rimadyl to every other day dosing, and she's doing very well with that. At 16, she's pla...
by tiva
Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:22 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Chronic kidney disease developing in Tiva
Replies: 15
Views: 3062

Re: Chronic kidney disease developing in Tiva

Thanks--I have started reading that information, and it doesn't sound as if we need to worry too much yet about Tiva. But a lower phosphorus kibble might be helpful.

MissKiwi (or any of the other vets)--do you have any comments, by any chance?
by tiva
Sat Oct 01, 2011 8:33 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Chronic kidney disease developing in Tiva
Replies: 15
Views: 3062

Re: Chronic kidney disease developing in Tiva

I meant to add her blood panel numbers: BUN 24 (normal range 7-25) Her BUN has increased since Feb, but it's still just within normal range CRE 1.8 (normal 0.3-1.4). In Feb. this was 1.2 TP 7.2 (normal 5.4 to 8.2) ALP 31 (normal 20 to 150) ALT 51 (normal 10 to 118) GLU 97 (normal 60 to 110) I'm read...
by tiva
Sat Oct 01, 2011 8:13 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Chronic kidney disease developing in Tiva
Replies: 15
Views: 3062

Chronic kidney disease developing in Tiva

Hi- I'd love a little feedback from those of you who are familiar with chronic kidney disease. Background: Tiva is almost 16, a pit bull or Am Staff mix. For her arthritis, we had her on glucosamine and tramadol for pain. In June, I asked the vet to switch her to rimadyl, because the tramadol was no...
by tiva
Wed Sep 28, 2011 2:37 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Doesn't drink enough water???
Replies: 3
Views: 819

Re: Doesn't drink enough water???

Mushers always bait their dogs' water with broth, because many dogs won't drink enough when it's cold out for top athletic performance. Add a little tasty meat juice to that water, and they'll drink more. But for ordinary life, if you're making certain that the bowls are clean, the water is fresh, a...
by tiva
Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:07 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Nature's Variety (or TOTW)
Replies: 21
Views: 5268

Re: Nature's Variety (or TOTW)

Over the past 5 years, I've fed my dogs canidae, diamond naturals, wellness Super5, kirkland super premium (briefly) when wellness raised its prices by 25%, and now TOTW for 2 years. The dogs all seem to do the best on TOTW, it's cheaper by far here than wellness, and the dogs aren't so prone to gai...
by tiva
Sun Sep 11, 2011 8:31 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Tail Docking
Replies: 19
Views: 2961

Re: Tail Docking

I agree--do it if both vets say it will make him happier. Our Tiva had to have her tail docked when she got cancer in her tail, and she hasn't seemed to mind for a moment. But do follow the vet's recovery directions exactly--it is super important to protect the stub during healing.
by tiva
Fri Sep 02, 2011 1:54 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: poison in the drinking water?
Replies: 6
Views: 1013

Re: poison in the drinking water?

There is no evidence that fluoridation harms dogs (or any other animals, for that matter). The US fluoridation standards set fluoride levels at 0.7 to 1.2 mg/L; natural groundwater levels of fluoride can be as high as 50 mg/L (levels where mineralization of bones may be affected). What this means is...
by tiva
Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:34 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Buddy needs good vibes please!
Replies: 26
Views: 3655

Re: Buddy needs good vibes please!

oh no! I hope she and you both feel better soon, and I hope it turns out to be nothing serious. Let us know what the vet says.
by tiva
Sun Aug 14, 2011 2:02 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Allergic to Bees **Advice???
Replies: 5
Views: 942

Re: Allergic to Bees **Advice???

You can also try "bee safe" which is mostly peppermint oil: http://blossomland.com/beesafeinsectrepellent.aspx

I have no idea if it works! But it's sold by a reputable beekeeping company, and they tend to only sell stuff which does work well.
by tiva
Sun Aug 14, 2011 1:53 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Allergic to Bees **Advice???
Replies: 5
Views: 942

Re: Allergic to Bees **Advice???

Poor thing! Yes, certainly follow your vet's advice: at the very first moment she gets stung again, give her the dose of benadryl they recommended to you. It may not prevent the need for a vet visit, but it can certainly reduce the reaction enormously IF you get her the benadryl right away. Then rem...
by tiva
Mon Aug 08, 2011 5:27 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Vomiting, staggering, lethary--and my husband waits 12 hours
Replies: 25
Views: 3601

Re: Vomiting, staggering, lethary--and my husband waits 12 h

The vet was convinced it wasn't an obstruction, but since I wasn't there I don't know what they saw that convinced them.

Anyway, Vanya is now fine--eating, running around, no more barfing.

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