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  1. I second asking vet about Denamarin for a simpler option.
  2. If there is one word of praise that she loves beyond measure you might like to add a sign to that when you say it. I regretted not doing that. Being told he was clever made Malcolm light up. In any case, I kept talking. I figure talking changes our facial expressions and body language, all of which dogs read. And who knows about dogs but I think if my loved one’s faces just went blank (and I could see them even with limited vision) I might find that sad?
  3. Studies. Actual peer reviewed studies in veterinary journals. Not things written by people who sell products. Lol. And FYI I have previously had a prescription for medicinal cbd from a vet pain specialist. Prescribed in combination with other medications (and a pre/rehab plan). If you think anything including a “natural supplement” is side effect free then you have a lot to learn.
  4. CBD oil requires monitoring due to the effects it can have on the liver and gastrointestinal system.
  5. The cheese on the flour could be primarily scenting over sight. The first step with deaf dogs is to teach them to frequently check-in, but her dementia and forgetting where you are may be a complicating factor. From having attention, you can then tell them what you would like them them to do. Incidentally, you might find you have body language you’re not aware of that is giving cues. Like turning your body half away, crouching slightly, doing an arm gesture, walking backwards a little, when you want her to come. Snuffle mat for meals sounds awesome!
  6. Hi Merc, Have you told your vet about the crying? Is your pup on pain medication? I would expect a vet to prescribe medication that relieves pain and anxiety, so they are comfy, calm, and perhaps a little snoozy. Being distressed is not good for their recovery. I’d also expect rehabilitation advice/referral, not just rest. You might like to check out the Primal Paws website, in particular blog posts about when to start rehab and not using pain as a restraint (in case that’s the case here). Dr Jaime is in Sydney and helped me with my Chi x when he had other injuries. I hope this helps.
  7. Gosh Stussy is adorable Do you know how her eyesight is affected? Is it cataracts or glaucoma or just myopia or all? Each effect vision a little differently. I found not having bright lighting best. With cataracts, lighting - sunshine or artificial, can create a halo, scattering affect and be confusing and distracting. So I scheduled training sessions for times and places where the light wouldn’t be bamboozling. Glaucoma reduces field of vision, cutting out the peripherals, so you need to try to be in their direct line of vision. It may also be that one eye is better than the other, so you want to appear on that side. If all over problems, big gestures can be helpful than small ones as you’ve found. And making sure you aren’t too far away. If you haven’t seen an ophthalmologist and one is available to you, that might be worthwhile in case eye drops would help retain/restore vision and comfort. Training wise, check out: Deb Bauer // Your Inner Dog - trains deaf and blind dogs Terri Hayward // Positive Animal Wellness - deaf dog specialist. If you’re on Facebook she also has a group ‘Deaf Dogs! Behaviour and Training’. We had fun learning a little modified-for-our-purposes Auslan, ‘cause if you need to add visual cues why not?! In saying this, touch cues may be more useful if/when vision further deteriorates. Keep up / start scent games to keep the brain engaged. I never taught a sign for no/naughty, see https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eo-yz4wMNlc You’re probably across this, but there are medications, diets, supplements that can help slow dementia progression. Might be worth considering.
  8. Another thing: you mention training but are you working directly on cooperative care for grooming? What people often do is use (well-timed and selected) situational anti-anxiety medications for training sessions to knock the fear down to where they can think rather than panic, and in the meantime full/urgent grooms are done under sedation at the vet so as not to set back the training progress. Deb Jones has a book on cooperative care that might interest you.
  9. Hi Chloe, I can’t make a personal recommendation, but have you heard of Fear Free Pets? It’s a low-stress handling certification that vets, nurses, groomers, trainers, etc can do for their respective fields. There are a few fear free certified groomers in Melbourne that you could check out. The search function of the website is painful to use so I’m hoping this search results link works. https://fearfreepets.com/fear-free-directory?address=victoria%2C Australia&category=0&center=-36.9847807%2C143.3906074&zoom=12&is_mile=1&directory_radius=0&view=grid&filter=1&field_role=Groomer&field_practice_name[keyword]=&field_practice_name[type]=any&directory_category[0]=
  10. Look here: https://www.ppgaustralia.net.au/find-a-professional If you need an online option (it’s good, promise, don’t wait until out of lockdown): https://politepaws.com.au/puppy-preschool.html https://m.facebook.com/PolitePaws/ ETA, posting this too as common mistakes are waiting until vaccinations have finished and not understanding what socialisation entails! https://avsab.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Puppy_Socialization_Position_Statement_Download_-_10-3-14.pdf
  11. I see you’re in NSW. I have no experience with these people, but they might be worth a shot? https://www.sydneyanimalpainclinic.com.au
  12. Hi Madison, Ace is traumatised as you know and needs help to change his emotional response to seeing dogs and people. He also needs to heal physically as pain will be playing a role, even though he seems spritely. https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/10/2/318/htm You can look here for a force free trainer: https://www.ppgaustralia.net.au/find-a-professional Many are doing online consults at the moment and can get the ball rolling, so you and Ace are ready to do controlled setups when restrictions ease. You might find you also need help from a veterinary behaviourist, so here is a link for those: https://www.anzcvs.org.au/chapters/veterinary+behaviour+chapter It’s good to see you don’t want to punish Ace. The barking, growling and lunging is his way of saying “I don’t feel safe, go away!” We don’t want to punish that as it would be like taking the batteries out of the smoke alarm, and lead to a dog who goes straight to biting the moment things become too much. Emotions are driving his behaviour, and we can’t help dogs feel better about the things that worry them by making them feel worse. While you wait for help: 1) For your walks, choose times and places where you are less likely to encounter dogs and people; have good sight lines; and are able to increase your distance if you do by crossing the road, going down a side street etc, well before Ace would react. Some people have success with cemeteries, or industrial areas outside business hours, if street walks aren’t suitable. Every time Ace gets a fright and practices the behaviour, it is reinforced. 2) Emergency U-Turns are a nice little skill you can start teaching him at home and then practice randomly on walks. Don’t go seeking out dogs and people. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo-L2qtD7MQ 3) Increase his at-home enrichment. The Canine Enrichment Facebook group has lots of ideas. You might find you need to stop even the short walks if conditions aren’t suitable. Enrichment activities will work his brain and tire him out. 4) Please don’t try to DIY behaviour modification. There is a lot you need to learn, and many pet parents inadvertently worsen the problem. I initially did that with my own dog. Learning more about dog body language would be a good start. It’s likely that Ace shows more subtle signs of stress before his big reactions. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=00_9JPltXHI I hope this helps!
  13. I’m so terribly sorry for you loss.
  14. The sleeping ones might just be him dreaming. You could record them and show your vet at your next checkup, the nurse if you’re going in for socialisation visits, or sooner if you’re worried. Sorry to hear he is feel ruff!
  15. It depends on the diagnosis or working diagnosis. They may prefer to hold off on advanced diagnostics in your chi’s case given her advanced age, and instead see how she responds to treatment. We did that initially but because Malcolm was remaining quite a sick little boy we went ahead with scopes. Malcolm was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease and lymphangiectasia, which tracked with what I was seeing with both boiled chicken and foods that weren’t very low fat making him sick. If they suspect IBD, the next step is typically trialing a novel or hydrolysed protein diet. Your vet would select the best option/s based on nutrition requirements, diet history, etc. Flare ups were treated with a drug called Flagyl. This was a miracle drug for Malcolm, but it has potential neurological side effects with long term use so we couldn’t use it all the time. There is another drug called Tylan that can be used long term, but he didn’t respond to it. He also had courses of Vitamin B injections, and Cerenia at times for nausea - either the injection or tablets depending on how sick he was. Anyway, it all depends on what you’re dealing with so your mileage may vary. I hope you’re able to get to the bottom of it and that Tayla feels better soon.
  16. Poor darling. I second Powerleg’s advice to go back to your vet. Our elderly dogs can go downhill quickly and tiny ones have less reserves. I don’t think probiotics alone will fix this issue (in our case they did nothing at all), but wanted to mention that some have extra ingredients to which your chi may have developed an allergy or intolerance in old age. That happened to my chi x who previously had an iron-clad stomach. Might be worth discussing with your vet.
  17. Hi Ann, I’m sorry to hear of your granddaughter’s loss. Regarding the price of rescue dogs, we have to consider also the amount of money that goes into putting these dogs into a position to be rehomed. Most need to be desexed before sale; small dogs in particular often need considerable dental work after years of neglect – which is not to say that larger dogs don’t have health problems too, that’s just an example that comes to mind as a small dog person; then there are the more everyday things like worming, flea/tick treatments, food and bedding; and no doubt more that I can’t think of. These things don’t cost what they used to, which is why rescue dogs don’t cost what they used to either. I think often we see current prices and forget that the cost of everything has increased dramatically from 12 years ago when we last bought a dog, regardless of the source.
  18. Removed my post as I didn’t see the one further above. Wishing this dog and their family all the best.
  19. Hi Natalie, I haven’t used this clinic, but know clients/colleagues of the vet behaviourist there: https://holisticvets.com.au/ There are no specialist vet nutritionists in Australia, however this one in NZ does remote consults. Their website also has ready formulated recipes you can buy for healthy pets. https://www.veterinarynutritiongroup.com/
  20. I’ve never ever seen discharge in my desexed male dogs.
  21. The name Star came to mind as he shines bright but I think Merlin really suits him.
  22. The reduced appetite should only last perhaps a couple of weeks as his body adjusts (if it doesn’t or if it worries you speak to your prescribing vet). I’d feed the dog in front of you for the time being and reassess in a few weeks as things might change.
  23. Malcolm had a pain specialist as he was medically very complicated. He ended up on a trio of Amantadine, Pregabalin (which is like Gabapentin but had fewer side effects for him) and Meloxicam, with the later withdrawn if his tummy was upset. So there are lots of opinions in terms of analgesia if needed. Supplement-wise he was on Antinol for a while.
  24. Agree with providing approved space/s for her to play with water in addition to sorting out her drinking source. Perhaps one of those clamshell sandpits? When she is digging at her drinking water, you can redirect her to her pool and reward her (use high value treats or toys) for playing there instead. Also look into other enrichment opportunities like feeding from food toys, having her sniff out hidden food in the yard, providing a regular digging pit? Canine Enrichment group on Facebook has lots of ideas.
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