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  1. Apple cider is really only good for yeast as it kills it off. If your dog has a mild infection, I'd go with the salt water paw soaks twice a day. Salt water will help stave off infections. Heh even my GP recommends salt water foot soaks when I've had foot skin issues with getting wet feet in shoes over winter. Even better if you live near a beach, the dog can wade through salt water I'd be looking into an elizabethan collar in the interim when using the paw cream, so the dog can't get to his paws and lick them. Needs time to heal and stop the constant licking process.
  2. Scout used to get irritated paws, also yeast. Soaked them in apple cider vinegar diluted in water then would pat dry. The yeast/itchies cleared up and he stopped licking them. Also kept a spray bottle in the fridge with apple cider vinegar, distilled water and green tea - used that as a spray on when he came in from outside [especially after being on damp ground].
  3. Have been reading about people who's dogs have had severe reactions to flea/tick/worming meds. Possibly google the company brand and see what other's have had happen, may get hits in forums or facebook groups etc., try for Australian accounts first. There should also be some form of side effects information out there somewhere. My brother's Lab had issues with a flea/tick spot on medication [forget which brand now] - ended up getting weakness/paralysis in the rear legs. Which was a side effect of the particular brand
  4. Yes have heard of this also happening...right around the country.
  5. I was with Scout when he had a massive heart attack and died in my arms 2 months ago. He had been sleeping on and off for three hours, then made a whimpering noise, then the heart attack happened and he passed - all in a span of maybe 2 minutes. At the time he was having his heart attack he was out of it, his body was going through the motions. So yes I think they do pass somewhat peacefully - he wasn't thrashing around or anything like that. In fact I wasn't sure he had actually passed until I checked his vitals.
  6. Just annoyed I can never find a seat cover to actually attach properly with no rear headrests [just moulded ones as part of the seat].
  7. Absolutely wonderful to hear, Happity birthday ol man
  8. Scout was multi talented - he was great at finding underground water leaks in piping and digging them up for me. He had a ball doing that Also one night there was someone lurking around the shed, I let him out and he chased whoever it was off up the drive...then returned to 'protect'. Sarge has yet to grow into his protectiveness as he's on his own now. He is barking now at unusual noises - which is good. He is also good at finding skinks and frogs that have come inside and not hurting them lol. But that's about the extent of his 'talents' so far
  9. You can also be on the lookout for vets who perform partial spays [females - removal of the uterus only] or vasectomies [males]. They will technically be 'desexed', but they keep their hormone producing bits to allow proper growth when maturing. Whether this would be in accordance with the state's laws I'm not sure. But something to mull over with your vet.
  10. Depends on the lines and the breeding, some are all dog, some can be chill.
  11. I don't think asking for a price is a forbidden question. Once you explain what you are looking for and what you intend to do with the said pup...no harm in asking for current pricing. It is a factor that needs to be taken into consideration, sometimes saving up for beforehand.
  12. Noticed family pets have been affected now. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/police-dog-dead-eight-more-sick-due-to-rare-cluster-illness/news-story/6de1452b70c7adb63b1d276460268c53
  13. Surely there'd be more cases Australia wide if it was the food?
  14. German Shepherds and Labs can be prone to this, recommendations are to remove those who may have it in their lines from breeding. Could be more to it as it is a cluster in two states
  15. Lots of huggles Westiemum, so sad when they have to say goodbye, forever in your heart though she will be
  16. When I watched the video after completing it I howled. Was the first time I could actually cry over him in a fortnight. Think I've been suffering from severe delayed grief. Making the video was so therapeutic, brought back so many happy memories
  17. Made a memorial video of Scout today - he would have turned 12...my St patrick's day pup
  18. Sounds like she's on the mend good and proper...excellent!
  19. Here's to hoping she comes good again, the little miss scoffalot. Sarge did similar the other week, had an irritated throat from scoffing down his roo straps [they were a little bit drier than normal]. He was swallowing a lot and threw up a bit. Just let his throat calm down and gave him soft food.
  20. My beautiful neighbours came over this morning with a mini excavator and dug the hole for me. The ground is hard packed clay, especially as it's been summer. That helped me so much and made things quicker. They were so sad, as they were only talking to Scout last night. But he is at peace now
  21. My dear old Scout passed away this morning at 6:25 am. He woke me up at at around 3 am not acting right, so I sat with him on the couch, just rubbing his back and stroking his old head. It looked like he had a massive heart attack at the end, but he was quite out of it, so I don't think he felt much happening. Will miss my dear old boy and he was just shy of his 12th birthday which would've been on the 17th of this month
  22. Scout will be 12 on the 17th of this month. He has slowed down, sleeps a lot more - but will still awaken at his feeding times [his demanding internal timer lol] and wait as I get his food ready. He still has his lively times and plays with my younger boy...he will race around the house playing four legs and bouncing here, there and everywhere [but then sleeps it off]. He is really grey of muzzle now with just a T shape of black from his eyebrows to nose [black faced, red Boxer]. Can see in his back legs, they're not as supportive as they once were - when he stands for longer than 2 minutes in one spot, his back end starts sagging towards the ground [down in the pasterns as I call it]. But he has always had a bit of a dicky back leg from an old injury when he was a pup. Every time I go past him, I always kiss his old head [he doesn't wake up when I do this, so not disturbing him]. If his eyes are open, then he gets a kiss and a hug - quite often he just lays on the couch watching all that goes on. Always take time out to sit with him and give him bum rubs or just rub his back. If he's doing forward rolls on the couch he gets belly rubs lol. I just enjoy each day I have him. He still can jump up on my bed [sometimes if he's feeling stiff he needs a hand up] and still enjoys his cuddles and snoozing with me [I don't even mind he prefers to have his butt pointed in my direction and lets off the odd obnoxious effluvium ]. But ol Scout is looking his age, my brother does notice it more than I do, as he only visits once or twice a year [he lives interstate].
  23. What a horrid situation The council here put a dangerous dog order on the bloke up the road dogs after they attacked a dog very severely [dog almost died]. Now whether or not it was 'just a dog' and not a human I don't know, but nothing much has changed with how he keeps his dogs [kind of bloke that doesn't really give a flying monkey's and does as he wants]. The dogs are still there and this happened months ago. I don't think this is one that can be 'fought' as it is stipulated in the act it doesn't matter if there was an injury or not - if the dog chases, harasses, lunges etc...the damage has been done. Not all 'suburban' dogs do well on farms/country areas [depending on the nature of the dog]. The order will follow the dog I believe and you have to inform the new council area of the order [so technically the dog would be in the same predicament]. Rural areas have rural fencing, so not all 'dog safe'. A muzzle is only warranted when in public, same with a physical restraint. At home as long as there is fencing and the dog cannot escape and the dog remains inside when it can't be supervised. There are other alternatives for exercise [mental and physical, apart from normal leashed walks] - dog treadmill, brain games around the home, trick training etc. Just depends on how far the family is willing to go to keep their dog happy with changing circumstances.
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