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  2. It's certainly an interesting issue. In our case, was there already some underlying pancreatic issue, at only 6 months old? Seems unlikely, but I suppose not impossible. Or was it the outcome of his combined medication (PB + KBr), as it is known to predispose some dogs to pancreatitis, which may perhaps lead to malignant cell changes? Seem unlikely but again, not impossible. Was he just unlucky enough to have epilepsy, and on top of that, develop an uncommon cancer that also caused seizures from BGL drops? Seems unlikely but.. you get the idea. So far as our vets could tell, his blood tests had always come back good. His liver function was good, CBC and WBC were always as expected, glucose had never raised an eyebrow. But the trouble with insulinomas is that levels will be erratic, and so you have to get lucky to catch a major trough. For us, maybe it had been going on for a long time but we never caught a break with the blood tests. It's impossible to say where the epilepsy would have gone, if the cancer hadn't got him first, or even if it was definitely the cancer that caused the increase. The increase started at a very young age (well and truly by 18 months) and that just seems unlikely young for a dog to develop that sort of cancer but.. I don't know. Epilepsy can be a tricky thing to deal with. I have a human family member with epilepsy (from a brain injury) and hers were terribly controlled for a long time (getting so frequent and increasingly severe) and then a simple change of meds and.. not a single seizure in 10 years. Brains..
  3. You've probably discussed this with a vet .. perhaps, as he ages , his blood sugar levels are not keeping stable , and seizure activity is result of hypoglycaemia? Maddy's mention of her dog's isulinoma made me think of this ..as a friend's dog had a similar problem .
  4. DNA testing for mixed breed dogs

    Bull Arab types like your dog often superficially resemble Great Danes, for much the same reason that a dolphin resembles a shark, without any direct familial connection. It is the ideal shape for their purpose (boar hunting). Some Bull Arab types do have Great Dane in their mix and some do not and you will often find that they look very much alike whether or not they have GD ancestry. I would not stress about his mix You love him and you have come to love a breed that he resembles. I'm assuming that your stated age of 13 years is a typo, very large breeds do not often live that long as their hearts wear out earlier. So he is 3yo approximately? I second the embark test, not so much for breed ID, but because it will pick up on any future health problems and because very large dogs cost more to medicate etc. it is wise to be forewarned.The expense of the embark test is worth it.
  5. I'd wait and watch. I may be wrong, but I think that relatively mild (not grand Mal) seizures do very little or no lasting damage. A few per year can be weathered. The meds aren't nice.
  6. Puppy scared when meeting people

    So much depends on the circumstances and background. Things like, what breed? How long have you had the puppy? Where is the puppy scared? What do you do when the puppy indicates she's scared? …. and so on. But in general terms … respect what the puppy is telling you about how she is feeling at the time. If she backs up, she's telling you she's unhappy about being so close to the thing/person she regards as scary. That's OK. Just back up with her so she doesn't have to try to make things clearer by thingls like showing her teeth. Don't let people get in her space when she shows she doesn't want it. That's just basic management for the time being, but you may need to look at getting some proper professional help if it's a continuing problem.
  7. Sheltie Decendant

    That's great! I thought she'd be happy to help!
  8. Sheltie Decendant

    I thought she’d be your best bet! I joined DOL for similar-ish reasons many years ago (wanted to find my dog’s breeder to thank her and tell her how special he was). I found out she had died about a month before he did, but spoke to a friend of hers and found another breeder who has her lines. It’s fascinating to look at that third breeder’s dogs, see a family resemblance, open up their pedigree information and see the same names pop up. Given these names aren’t necessarily his breeder’s prefix I’m wondering if I’ve stumbled upon other family members (I don’t have his pedigree information). I’d love to meet them in person but would be a crying mess.
  9. Children's probiotics for my dog

    It could just be the excitement of a walk/play .... I think the word you were seeking originally is 'peristalsis' . this can increase with exercise/excitement ............ you may well have had a 'nervous tummy' at some stage ... Obviously , if bowel contents are expelled sooner then planned ..they have not had as much liquid removed ..and so appear different from first thing in the morning , when the gut has been left to work along ,uninterrupted .
  10. ohhhh, poor Hoover - and poor you . it would be such a worry . Knowing a bit of how you are - I am VERY sure he is in the BEST of hands ..and that you have noted every possible trigger , ie: food/activity/environmental pollutant/chemical exposure etc Just based on friends' dogs who have been epileptic ..they waited for some time before medicating ..as adjustment to, and dosages of, different meds did alter their dogs for some time ...the drugs are pretty powerful , as you can imagine.
  11. Canine Circovirus

    This. My limited understanding of it, is that it's a fairly recent find, and would require PCR to confirm. Also, that it hasn't been found in Australia. If you'd like something to worry over, tularemia type B was found in Tasmania in few years ago. First recorded case in the southern hemisphere.
  12. German ban on Xmas adoptions

    many people prefer when they have a long weekend, holidays due or school holidays due so they can be home all day for as many days as possible to bond with and give the new puppy their full attention while its settling in and learning where everything is..n establish a routine before they have to go back to work if they work.. the lucky ones work at home or can take their dog with them... that doesn't seem to be on the radar in that original post?
  13. German ban on Xmas adoptions

    Maybe it depends a lot on the sort of dogs you rehome? I can't say I've ever had any requests for holiday toys for the kids. I have rehomed dogs around the christmas period (one girl was only a few days before christmas) and all are still in their homes, and very loved. In fact, when it comes to families adopting, I can't say I've ever had a family tell me that the dog was for the kids. I've had parents turn down dogs that their kids were mad for, because the parents didn't feel the connection. Most sensible adults want a dog they're happy with, because it will be a family member that they have to live with. I honestly don't think we give the general public enough credit. The overwhelming majority of my adopters have been sensible, good people who want to help out a dog in need. And I suspect that they're probably about the average. That's not to say that idiots don't exist, but I don't think it's sensible to tar every potential adopter with the same brush, or to punish people in advance.
  14. A couple of times a year is pretty infrequent so I wouldn't medicate at that point. In our case, we did start medication after only a couple of seizures but that was on account of his age (first seizure at only 6 months old) and the fact that he had known neurological issues already. Another option is phenobarb. Our vet is of the opinion that it's a lot safer than some people believe, and from my experience with Idiot Dog, side effects weren't too bad. You can start on tiny doses and if it needs to come up to keep threshold up, that's easy enough to do. (Should add that it's worth getting peaks/troughs done once everything is settled, to make sure levels are within therapeutic range) If you'd rather not go down the road of medication, I'd stick with keeping his threshold up. For Idiot Dog, being a very shy boy, the big stress was visitors, so we managed that more closely. We did end up losing him a couple of years ago, but that was to an insulinoma, which unfortunately had many of the same symptoms as his existing condition, so we didn't catch it until it was too late. His epilepsy got worse as he aged, even with significant medication (PB and KBr) and I think that if it's going to decline like that (he'd have at least one seizure a day), nothing much is really going to stop it.
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  16. Canine Circovirus

    is your dog infected? yes, you need good info. perhaps change vets . if, on the other hand , it is something you have found/heardof/read about ... perhaps you would be best served by contacting a Uni or somewhere like that . If it is an uncommon/newly discovered little beastie , your vet may not yet have the information - they do have an awful lot to learn /keep up with .
  17. German ban on Xmas adoptions

    Sad really. If a rescue does their proper checks it's a great time of year to adopt! This would be harder for shelters though or those who aren't doing adoption applications and yard checks. Fortunately our phone numbers aren't public. We do tend to get those inquiries any school holidays and for urgent birthday presents any time of year. Primarily if we have pups or a young fluffy. People can really crack a wobbler if you tell them to hold their horses.
  18. Children's probiotics for my dog

    Yes, I've given it to him here and there, but not on a regular basis, maybe i should add it for a few days in a row.. Excellent point! I'd say he would ingest bits of seawater when he grabs his ball from the water.
  19. Puppy scared when meeting people

    Hello, I have the same issue with my 11 week old puppy. She get a little scared and backs up. One time she showed her teeth to a stranger, any ideas?
  20. German ban on Xmas adoptions

    Considering the type of applications and phonecalls we used to get at the rescue I worked at leading up to Christmas... I'd say it was a fairly good idea actually. School holidays were also interesting... amazing how many calls you'd get for a small dog or puppy where they were primarily interested in the 2 week trial period as opposed to the actual animal in question. Basically, some people were looking for something to entertain the kids over the holidays, then returning it when it was no longer needed... *sigh* Phonecalls on Christmas Eve desperate for a pup for the kids on Christmas Day... it's scary! T.
  21. DNA testing for mixed breed dogs

    Not saying the tests are accurate, but some purebred dogs are crosses if you go back to the mid 20th century. Mary Roslin Williams comments extensively about hound blood in Labrador lines, and notes that on some estates, dogs of different breeds were run together and often it was unclear who sired which litter.
  22. German ban on Xmas adoptions

    I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it: Christmas pet adoption ban at German shelters - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46522116
  23. DNA testing for mixed breed dogs

    embark is probably the most accurate of them, with the added bonus that you can re-run your dog/s for free and for as many times as you want as the database grows and expands! I have run Thistle's twice now. Thyme is purebred so no need on that. It does cost more than most, but if you keep an eye out you can get lots of discounts on it. and if you are really lucky and someone has tested a relative, they will show up! I have done both my dogs. Thistle's breakdown and re-run didn't bring many surprises (heinz 57 haha!) and she has a full sister! I got very excited, because I had been wondering about relations ever since I saw the other dog show up on embark coming from same area, similar ages, similar breed make up, similar looks. So lucky! https://my.embarkvet.com/dog/thistle Thyme broke the algorithm and is contributing to australian ESS data. He doesn't have any relatives on embark yet at all But that's alright I know where they are and how they're doing via the breeder ;) https://my.embarkvet.com/dog/thyme Lots of fun, and you might help contribute to some research dogs on embark have helped identify one of the gene mutations for blue eyes! https://embarkvet.com/embark-discovers-why-dogs-have-blue-eyes/ There's lots of surveys you can fill out if you want to help with that, and you can opt in to be sent additional research surveys. It's really neat!
  24. DNA testing for mixed breed dogs

    none of them are, some people have deliberately tested their pedigree purebred and all came back as x breds. n some not even the breed they actually were came up in the mix list., but its a bit of fun if you take it in that light
  25. Canine Circovirus

    Does anyone know anything about this?? my vet told me literally nothing!!! What the heck is wrong with them?! Please if anyone can give me any info it would be so greatly appreciated. I am beyond furious. These people are paid to give all pertinent medical advice, not sell their stupid puppy preschool classes!
  26. Hi, one of my dogs Hoover is an 8 year old Kelpie. Generally healthy - not on any medication and does not have any other health issues. Over the last three years, he has suffered a number of seizures as follows: 15 May 2016: confirmed seizure 5 January 2017: suspected seizure 1 April 2017: confirmed seizure: 7 Sept 2017: confirmed seizure 10 October 2017: suspected seizure 8 February 2018: confirmed seizure 10 April 2018: confirmed seizure 13 December 2018: confirmed seizure * Until yesterday, each seizure was of relatively short duration. The pattern is usually as follows: hunger spew/stress spew followed by seizure empties bowels, bladder, very heavy thick saliva comes pouring out of his mouth. Yesterday's seizure lasted about a minute so was one of the longer ones. When he comes out of it, he's confused, disoriented and afraid of us. Then he returns to normal within an hour or so. What it means is that we generally do not leave him alone, we minimise stressful situations for him and give him snacks to avoid hunger spews. If we see him licking his lips a lot, we apply an ice pack to his back. We've also removed rosemary from his diet as we know that has triggered seizures in some dogs. Yesterday was a relatively late dinner and I can't help thinking that if we'd given him a snack, we might have been able to avert the seizure. Based on the symptoms, the vets are pretty sure he has epilepsy although there is not a definitive test. They've conducted blood tests and a variety of other tests on him and he seems otherwise healthy. So we have two choices. - we start medicating him now, but he will be on the meds permanently - we wait until the seizures become more frequent. Hopefully they won't but it would be a gamble and we know each seizure causes damage and could kill him ... The vets have said typically they would not recommend medication until the seizures were more frequent but understand how worried we are. They've suggested, if we do want to medicate, pexion, as apparently there are less side effects with this medication than others - but it still means meds twice a day for the rest of his life. So my question for others who have dogs with seizures - at what point did you decide to medicate? Thanks very much in advance.
  27. I recently had my dog DNA tested through the Orivet kit. I was only sure of one breed in his mix and had no clue what the others could be. Turned out that one breed I was sure of wasn't identified but almost 40% came back as mixed breed unidentified. I was absolutely certain he was a Great Dane cross and it's thanks to him that I've fallen in love with the breed, but apparently he doesn't even have that as part of his mix. Instead he has Mastiff, Bull Terrier, Boxer and Irish Wolfhound, but the majority of his breed mix is unknown. Are there other tests that are more reliable than this one? I don't need any genetic testing to uncover possible health problems because he's already at least 13yo, probably more (we got him Feb 2017 and he was already an adult, estimated to be 2yo).
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