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  1. http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/canine-crisis-thousands-of-sydney-residents-at-war-with-nuisance-dogs-and-their-owners-20170112-gtqd67.html
  2. Well the good news is no surgery required. Another round of painkillers and a series of cartrophen shots. Also less walks and no running.
  3. Just phoned my usual vet practice and they said its not a CL tear or break but it has been traumatised, so I may have my wires crossed. I'm taking him for a checkup in about an hour.
  4. Thanks. The reason I asked is the link I posted above implies surgery is really the only long-term option.
  5. So would she operate as per the link above or do a different sort of treatment regime?
  6. Thanks for the feedback, he is 10 years old. Appreciate the contact info. I am a bit reluctant to go to a different vet until I talk to my regular one. They know his history and have his x-ray. The limp is the back left leg. He already has arthritis in one of his front legs and gets a series of cartrophen shots around every 9 months. I want to make sure this is fixed because from what I read if it isn't fixed properly arthritis can set-in the knee joint.
  7. I came home a week ago to find my dog limping. Off to the vet and after being sedated & x-rayed i was told it's his cruciate ligament and was given some pain killers for him and that was that. A week later he is still limping occasionally, though sometimes he seems normal and runs around like his usual self. The limping comes and goes. Should I rest him or walk him? Is there a timeframe on this before you would ask questions or go back to the vet? Does CL ever heal itself? From what I've read it doesn't - which is puzzling because my vet didn't say anything at all about any further treatment. A good link here: http://www.sydneyanimalhospitals.com.au/Emergency-Care/Cruciate-ligament-injury-in-dogs/
  8. I give my dog one of these per month as a special treat. He loves them. I popped into Pet Barn to buy a large bag of them today -perhaps around one dozen in a bag. $64.95!! Have we got a nationwide shortage of pigs ears? :laugh:
  9. Anyone going to this? http://dogloversshow.com.au/sydney/
  10. 10 years old today. The decade zoomed by.
  11. When my dog was on anti-biotics a few months back he was peeing like a fountain and had an accident or two on a hall runner inside my house. I soaked and scrubbed it with boiling water. Recently, he has peed again on the same spot twice so there must be some scent still there. Today I chucked away the peed-on hall runner, mopped the floor with disinfectant and laid down a brand new identical hall runner. So the scent should be gone. Is there anything else I can do that will ensure he doesn't pee there again or is there a chance he will identify the area as an okay-to-pee zone? Bloody dog.
  12. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-27/making-clothes-from-pet-hair/7548230
  13. Article here: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/rendezview/dr-chris-brown-australia-we-need-to-talk/news-story/b82de3dc4a192dc9a1cd6c44dd0ab764
  14. Humans may have domesticated dogs two separate times, taming wolves both in Europe and Asia thousands of years ago, according to new research. A major international research project may have cleared some of the controversy surrounding the origins of man's best friend, which has until now remained a mystery with two primary hypotheses. The first holds that humans domesticated dogs for the first time in Europe more than 15,000 years ago. Opposing researchers believe the domestication happened approximately 12,500 years ago in Central Asia or China. The new study, published in the American journal Science, suggests both claims might carry weight. "Maybe the reason there hasn't been a consensus about where dogs were domesticated is because everyone has been a little bit right," Oxford University Greg Larson said. Researchers used ancient DNA evidence and the archaeological record of early dog species in their research. The project involved sequencing for the first time the genome of a 4,800-year-old dog at Trinity College in Dublin. That dog's bones came from the Neolithic Passage Tomb of Newgrange, Ireland, a contemporary of Stonehenge in England. The team also used mitochondrial DNA from 59 ancient dogs who lived between 14,000 and 3,000 years ago, comparing the samples to genetic traits of more than 2,500 modern dogs. Theory could prove domesticating animals 'easier than thought' Their findings suggested dogs were separately domesticated both in Europe and in Asia, and later mixed as humans migrated across the continent, meaning most dogs today were a genetic mix of their Asian and European ancestors. The new hypothesis would explain in part why scientists have had a hard time interpreting previous genetic studies. The double-origin theory could also suggest that cats and pigs were domesticated multiple times, said Peter Savolainen, a geneticist at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. "If domestication only happened in one place, it was probably a very hard thing to do," he said. "But if it happened twice, maybe it wasn't as hard as we thought."
  15. This is incredible. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-20/goodbye-maggie-australian-kelpie-may-be-world's-oldest-dog-dies/7341720
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