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by tiva
Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:12 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Growling when being picked up
Replies: 5
Views: 152

Re: Growling when being picked up

Many dogs hate being woken up and moved when they're sleeping (hence the expression "let sleeping dogs lie.") So yes, work on slowly desensitizing him to touch, so he knows that when he's touched, he'll get wonderful treats. But also respect his desire not to be startled awake by being pic...
by tiva
Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:22 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Chronic kidney disease developing in Tiva
Replies: 15
Views: 3508

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: 3508

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: 3508

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: 1055

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
Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:24 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: work to eat toys?
Replies: 20
Views: 331

Re: work to eat toys?

save your money buying other stuff (the tug-ajug ate the big one too) Get on Amazon and get yourself a Wobbler. Heck, get 2 and get free shipping! http://www.amazon.com/Kong-PW1-Wobbler-Dog-Toy/dp/B003ALMW0M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1317225400&sr=8-1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return fa...
by tiva
Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:07 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Nature's Variety (or TOTW)
Replies: 21
Views: 6538

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
Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:55 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Carpet and door chewed up
Replies: 1
Views: 112

Re: Carpet and door chewed up

Poor, poor girl. I hate to imagine how terrified she must have been. Thundershirts can help many dogs, and they aren't too expensive. Melatonin can help some dogs. Your vet may be able to work with you on anxiety-reducing meds that may also help. Systemic desensitization (ie, playing very very low l...
by tiva
Sun Sep 11, 2011 8:31 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Tail Docking
Replies: 19
Views: 3346

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
Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:04 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: should I use a pinch collar?
Replies: 6
Views: 216

Re: should I use a pinch collar?

A front-attachment harness offers a lot more leverage and control than a flat collar, without the problems of a pinch or prong. I attach a martingale to the harness just so my little houdini can't back out of his harness. I clip the leash to the harness, and if he does wiggle out in his exuberance, ...
by tiva
Fri Sep 02, 2011 1:54 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: poison in the drinking water?
Replies: 6
Views: 1288

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
Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:24 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: What to do when pup gets fired up and wont stop biting?
Replies: 12
Views: 402

Re: What to do when pup gets fired up and wont stop biting?

Our Vanya was doing this when we adopted him at 12 months (it's why his previous owners dumped him). We worked with a positive trainer who suggested keeping him on a leash, and when he got the zoomies/bities bad, we just dropped his leash over a fence post and stood outside of his reach. The moment ...
by tiva
Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:23 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Behaviorist is Recommending We Euthanize Dexter ..
Replies: 30
Views: 1217

Re: Behaviorist is Recommending We Euthanize Dexter ..

I'm really sorry you all are going through this. I can't imagine how heartbreaking it must be.
by tiva
Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:17 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Staying off furniture when not home
Replies: 10
Views: 221

Re: Staying off furniture when not home

Just lift the couch cushions up, so it's not as appealing. Or put a sheet over it.
by tiva
Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:34 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Buddy needs good vibes please!
Replies: 26
Views: 4161

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.

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