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by Misskiwi67
Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:45 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from hopeful future pit owner! Advice welcome!
Replies: 5
Views: 2273

Re: Greetings from hopeful future pit owner! Advice welcome!

My girl was clearly neglected (large leg wound, recent litter) when I adopted her, and she's the most wonderful companion I could ask for. I spent several weeks watching petfinder, and visited several shelters before choosing Thumbelina. Despite her history, she had the temperament I was looking for...
by Misskiwi67
Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:49 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: dogs been dripping blood through penis all month.
Replies: 10
Views: 4195

Re: dogs been dripping blood through penis all month.

The penis is the least likely part of the dog to bleed. Vet #1 looked at the most likely places for bleeding, the bladder and prostate. Vet #2 got to start where vet #1 left off and was able to check other less common causes.

Medicine is a process of elimination, not a crystal ball.
by Misskiwi67
Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:43 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: cushings disease?
Replies: 5
Views: 2743

Re: cushings disease?

I've only seen CC in crushing a or from inappropriate steroid use for allergy dogs... I've seen extremely variable symptoms in dogs with cushings, but never seen a dog get diagnosed that didn't have an ALP of at least 800 on blood work tests. If the ALP is normall I'd be skeptical of cushings and wa...
by Misskiwi67
Sat Dec 14, 2013 10:21 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Winter/Cold Weather Shampoo Recommendations?
Replies: 6
Views: 3102

Re: Winter/Cold Weather Shampoo Recommendations?

Bathing actually strips oils from the skin, so avoiding a bath is best if possible.

If your dog stinks or needs medicated baths, then using/following with an oatmeal shampoo or oatmeal cream rinse is best.
by Misskiwi67
Sat Dec 14, 2013 10:18 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Knee Braces
Replies: 2
Views: 2046

Re: Knee Braces

Our rehab doctor does not like them, and she uses braces a lot for ankles and wrists. The knee joint in a dog is too wide up top and too narrow below making the knee difficult to fit properly, knee braces are more likely to slip or cause pressure sores than to provide stabilization. It's just a pros...
by Misskiwi67
Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:18 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: ears and rears
Replies: 6
Views: 3127

Re: ears and rears

Thanx everyone for the responses. They both eat sensitivestomach science diet. this was suggested when coop had a bout with colitis when he was a puppy and we just fed bella the same thing when we adopted her. Convienience I guess. Im not sure what the vet had in mind but I believe it was actually ...
by Misskiwi67
Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:35 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: ears and rears
Replies: 6
Views: 3127

Re: ears and rears

If a food trial is recommended, then it needs to be a full-out food trial. Simply feeding the food is not preventative, it is the avoidance of the things that the dog may be allergic to that is curative. The most common food allergies - in order - are beef, dairy, chicken, and then the high protein ...
by Misskiwi67
Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:19 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Color Dilution Alopecia
Replies: 3
Views: 2300

Re: Color Dilution Alopecia

Are you treating for demodex? If not, I'd ask your dermatologist if you can try treatment.

If your dog is itchy, it is not color dilution alopecia.
by Misskiwi67
Wed Nov 20, 2013 3:33 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Not sure what's going on with ashes, looking for insight
Replies: 4
Views: 2324

Re: Not sure what's going on with ashes, looking for insight

:hug: The extra weight is probably adding burden and pain - so when that comes off it should help some. Don't go on less walks because it makes you sad. Think of her happiness. They may be slower, but I'm sure she still loves them - even at a leisurely pace. :) They are also very important for taki...
by Misskiwi67
Wed Nov 20, 2013 2:01 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Stuffed Kong on raw diet?
Replies: 15
Views: 6810

Re: Stuffed Kong on raw diet?

I still give Kongs with peanut butter. You can just stuff them with raw ground meat though. Although sticking to what you described, but not using kibble would probably be fine. =] Raw meat stuffing sounds like a really bad idea to me. Just because dogs can eat gross things doesn't mean cleanliness...
by Misskiwi67
Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:56 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Questions
Replies: 15
Views: 8178

Re: Questions

Most foods getting "ideal" ratings are too rich for large breed puppies and will make this puppy worse. Just because you don't like the food being fed doesn't mean what you think is good would be better.

I do, however, agree that the bread is not likely a good idea.
by Misskiwi67
Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:58 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Questions
Replies: 15
Views: 8178

Re: Questions

Its a growth abnormality caused by the tendons growing at different rates than the bones. He needs a quality puppy food (for large breeds if he is a large breed), he should not have access to floors that are slippery, and time. Most dogs will grow out of it with a quality diet - NOT a home-made diet...
by Misskiwi67
Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:31 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: CCL repair walking video - Feedback wanted
Replies: 8
Views: 4761

Re: CCL repair walking video - Feedback wanted

Looks good to me. As long as she is putting a reasonable amount of weight on the knee she is doing well. It should get better with time and be 90% or better by 6-8 weeks, some dogs are there by 4 weeks, but should not be allowed to do too much too soon..
by Misskiwi67
Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:29 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Knee Surgery - Yes or no?
Replies: 16
Views: 8393

Re: Knee Surgery - Yes or no?

Here's a client handout on cranial cruciate disease and the treatment options: http://www.VeterinaryPartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=1975" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; I recommend the more expensive repair for overweight dogs and young, active dogs. The replacement ...
by Misskiwi67
Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:58 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: pit/husky mix in heat...maybe?
Replies: 3
Views: 2240

Re: pit/husky mix in heat...maybe?

The entire heat cycle for a dog is about 21 days. Some will only bleed the first 1/3, others will bleed the entire cycle. Its very variable. As long as its not excessive, odorous, and your dog is acting fine, she's probably fine. If there's any question at all, you should probably still see your vet.

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