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    Thornfield English Springer Spaniels

    Animal Welfare Scientist/Cat and Dog Behaviourist.

    PhD in Human-Dog Relationships

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  1. No. It’s simply an expensive source of protein. My dogs all get Digesticare probiotics daily to support gut health.
  2. It’s an NSAID but is effective at a different stage of the inflammatory cycle which takes the pressure off the kidneys.
  3. Correct. It’s been used in the US for about 5 years but is only a recent addition to Australia.
  4. Rice will still put on weight. I adjust my dogs’ diet daily depending on how they are looking. Rather than changing diets I just feed less or more. You can cut his meal in half and add some mashed pumpkin to fill him up. You can increase satiety by using food toys or using it for training. It’s often the foraging that contributes to satiety more.
  5. This is pretty much my nearly 15 year old Dally’s treatment. Zig has some osteoarthritis and nerve issues so receives a monthly Synovan injection plus Gabapentin thrice daily and Galliprant daily. He also has acupuncture/massage fortnightly and probiotics, omega-3 oils and 4-cyte each day. Hydrotherapy is awesome but I can’t access it at the moment. Gabapentin is very safe and difficult to overdose. Galliprant is better for osteoarthritis and puts much less strain on the kidneys than other NSAIDs. I do annual bloods for my seniors if only for my own peace of mind and medication
  6. Essentially schutzhund training in Victoria will require you to house your dog as a Dangerous Dog - muzzled, confined, signs etc. I am aware of a few trainers - can’t recall names - who have gone “underground” and are as shady as hell. So be very careful and aware of the legislative implications.
  7. If you can repeat the test and post a video I’m happy to have a look. Please tag me. It’s not always obvious unless you have perfectly healthy dogs to compare with
  8. They don't always show they are sore. Did your vet look at the reflexes on her back paws? Synovan is the next development of Carprofen.
  9. What you are describing may be the beginning of some degeneration of the spine and nerve impingement. My Dalmatian is 13 and is now on Synovan monthly (for the spine), 300mg Gabapentin 4 times a day as required for nerve pain and acupuncture from a qualified human/dog Chiro. Huge improvement after a very acute onset.
  10. Exactly @jemappelle! It’s much better for the dog than ending up with impacted anal glands - painful and can lead to abscess which is really awful.
  11. Psyllium husk is the key but you can also add edible bone (eg chicken frames) or even minced frames if you’d prefer. Both will firm the faeces. However one thing I’ve discovered that across 4 dogs - 3 related - that the nature of the discharge varies incredibly which can also alter whether they are discharged easily or not. I check my dogs regularly and gently express them only if needed. Disposable gloves, tissues and lots of treats afterwards and the response I get to “check your bum?” is waaaay too enthusiastic
  12. You can’t save the world. You can only do your little bit. Applies to a lot in life.
  13. It's invaluable in my opinion. I start about Day 61 (I prog test) and take my girl's temp around 4 times a day. You quickly see a pattern of rise and fall and then you see a drop that is below the diurnal pattern. It's really, really informative when things don't go to plan, for example, my last whelping was a c-section (2 pups trying to get out at once) and the temp drop gave my specialist repro vet great information about what was happening.
  14. I breed every few years. Working Springers not show... Everyone wants one but they aren’t for everyone. I couldn’t live with anything else but I am an experienced committed trainer There is WAY more to them than smaller and less coat I work full time in a demanding role I haven’t taken a proper holiday in 5 years Last litter cost me $6K before I had a litter on the ground My Ginny could have died and broken my heart - unexpected c-section and then black mastitis. Both “bad luck” according to my specialist reproductive vet I do dog sports, so a li
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