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  1. Heart Rate

    Malcolm has a very low resting heart rate due to Addison’s. If it’s Addison’s then know you have struck it lucky for it to be diagnosed without an Addisonian Crisis, and that while there are a lot of blood tests and altering med doses initially, once stable they do very well and you wouldn’t know they had an illness. He’ll need an ACTH stim test to confirm.
  2. What to do? Changes at vet hospital

    For a while I kept googling my preferred vet and vet nurses to see if they had switched clinics, so you could try that? I was expecting a mass exodus as I could tell the vet in particular was unhappy. Malcolm was so comfortable with them and the old clinic itself, but even that has gone. He used to direct our walks there to weigh himself (lol) and say hi to his friends!
  3. What to do? Changes at vet hospital

    I’m sorry this happened. I experienced it some years back after our vet of 15 years sold to Greencross. Dr Penny Mead at Hornsby Vet is recommended by someone I know who has an anxious dog if that helps. I’d also look on the Fear Free Pets website.
  4. Goodbye my precious boy

    I’m so sorry. That little dude meant the world to you. Rest easy, Kane.
  5. No help re vets but I just want to say that $150-$800 does not seem reasonable for a canine tooth extraction. You may be able to get it cheaper than $2k, just saying not to think it will be near those numbers! Canine teeth are harder to remove, so a trickier surgery and more time under anaesthesia (=$). I wouldn’t expect even a routine scale and polish to be anywhere near $150. The amount you’ve been quoted probably also includes necessary dental X-rays and you’re getting the whole mouth addressed too. You could see if vet pay is an option? Best wishes for your dog! He or she will feel so much better with a healthy mouth and that painful tooth gone.
  6. Try Jade Fountain at Animal Behaviour Matters. https://www.animalbehaviourmatters.com.au/index.html You might also need a behaviour vet in which case there are two local options, Dr Isabelle Resch at Inner South Vets and Dr Helen Purdam at Hall Veterinary Surgery.
  7. Fenzi Dog Sports Academy! https://www.fenzidogsportsacademy.com/ and grab yourself this book https://www.politepaws.com.au/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1893
  8. Elderly female rescue with too much testosterone?

  9. Pet insurance - curious question

    I don’t think the full coverage is worth the paper it’s written on. We have accident and ... health? The middle option. It pisses me off that dental surgery and veterinary behaviour are excluded (there’s only one underwriter that includes mental health). The latter especially is ****** up stigma against mental illness BS that NEEDS TO DIE. Anyway, for the dog attack we’d have got 80% back minus a per condition excess.
  10. Puppy spam

    Hello, Soda!
  11. Vaccination

    Congrats on your puppy! Here’s a position statement from AVSAB on socialisation. You do not need to and should not wait until the last needles! https://avsab.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Puppy_Socialization_Position_Statement_Download_-_10-3-14.pdf Many positive trainers are offering online puppy schools at the moment and will teach you how to properly socialise your puppy. The PPGA website is a good place to look for trainers. Two I know off the top of my head are All Pets Education & Training, and Polite Paws. Socialisation is about forming positive associations with all manner of things including novelty, noises, surfaces, sights, etc. Not just seeing other pups at classes and definitely not the puppy mosh pits that can happen at poorly-run classes. Or going to dog parks (DO NOT go to dog parks). As an example, just going on a drive, parking the car, and seeing the world pass by from a safe place can be socialisation. Oh something else I recommend is getting the sound proof puppy training app which has a bunch of noises you can play while they’re doing something fun like eating meals or playing with you. Be sure to read the instructions.
  12. Dog tag size

    Doesn’t answer your question but I love Boomerang tags.
  13. AmStaff friendly dog park

    https://wagtailscountryretreat.net/ Private dog park you can rent yourself or invite any friends your dog may have for a play.
  14. Haha the majority of his medication including gaba is compounded because he’s teeny tiny. Our pharmacist is probably compounding a tablet that’s different to what BOVA uses.
  15. Separation anxiety

    Some contacts if you decide to see someone in the future. This is your local Behaviour Vet, but there are many e.g. Creative Animal Solutions, Pet Behaviour Vet, AVBS and more who do remote consults (which can often be cheaper). http://www.calmcompanions.com.au/ and a trainer Canine Journeys. Nancy Tucker (via fenzi dog sports I think) and Malena de martini have online courses re separation related anxiety. Check Malena’s website for lots of info too.
  16. Best Online Program

    Fenzi for sure, or as a starter with puppy check pet professional guild Australia for online puppy classes eg all pets education and training, and polite paws.
  17. Enrichment yards

    Malcolm has a potted sensory garden. His favourites are pineapple sage, lemon balm, heartsease, cat (we call it pet ) grass - repeat sowing gives nice tender blades, and his mini snow pea teepee. He also likes Australian river mint (preferred over other mints), native dog rose, paper daisies (there’s one that smells like chamomile), marjoram, marigold, oregano and basil. He really likes valerian but doesn’t get it due to his behaviour meds; if he just sniffed it would be ok but he eats it. He’s not really into lavender or regular chamomile. I like to experiment with plants provided. He loves getting them as presents and different things come in and out of his favour. Being a potted garden it’s easy to switch things up or just hack the roots back to refresh plants. I came inside with a box of plants from the nursery today and he was so delighted. He shoved his head into the box sniffing everything and started eating the pineapple sage, with his little tail wagging. I‘ve given him some different substrates too. He enjoys walking in eucy mulch and giving himself a ‘hot stone massage’ by lying on pebble mulch. Look up Bath Cats & Dogs Home sensory garden and the YouTube videos Sally Hopkins did of the Busselton Snuffle Gardens in WA. https://www.facebook.com/DogSolutionsAustralia/videos/840514502662119/?vh=e&d=n https://www.facebook.com/sally.hopkins.714/videos/555705957910796/?d=n https://www.bathcatsanddogshome.org.uk/uploads/documents/1375455927_SensoryandEnrichmentGarden.docx.pdf https://www.bathcatsanddogshome.org.uk/rehoming/sensory_and_enrichment_garden_for_dogs https://themayhew.org/sensorygarden/ https://www.australiandoglover.com/2018/12/how-to-create-sensory-garden-for-your.html?m=1
  18. So by way of explanation, when he was on anxiety doses of gabapentin he was more anxious. The lower dose they use for pain treats his pain, without the side effect of increased anxiety, and pain better treated = lower anxiety also. Since the formulation change he is barking non stop in the evening/night, can’t stop fidgeting, his compulsive fixation and attacking of lights/shadows has returned with a vengeance (it hasn’t been this bad in a looooong time), as has aggression directed towards my husband. He will literally not stop barking unless we’re both on the lounge with him on my lap, he’s eating, or I’m standing holding him at the other end of the room. He’s also licking his legs and moaning more again. VB thinks if it’s gaba formulation related, he could be worse because the dose is effectively low and he’s therefore in more pain, or worse because the dose is being absorbed more efficiently and therefore giving him more side effects. The suggestion was to try halving the dose, but will that address his pain/mobility issues. In the meantime we’ve decided to go back to the hideously expensive vet formulation to get a clearer picture. We’ve discovered in the meantime that meloxicam is significantly reducing his anxiety and not just treating pain. It has never done that before, but the net result is that it’s tempering whatever it is that we’re seeing. He literally asks for his meloxicam and will demand it if not listened to! PS. I have two friends with dogs on pregabalin who had the problems after switching brands and their BV is looking into it, with other patients also seeming affected.
  19. Trying to find more info about my dog

    You chould do the Embark DNA test and/or run the genetic tests that reputable breeders do for min pins and paps.
  20. Separation anxiety

    I’ve been thinking anxiety disorder too with the PICA and now this, but didn’t want to hit you over the head with too much ‘see a specialist’ comments. Snook and I both have dogs with anxiety disorders. It really is worthwhile getting a proper diagnosis and treatment plan from a behaviour vet (veterinary behaviourist) sooner rather than later. And while it can be costly, I think it’s going to save you a lot of money in the long run with foreign body surgeries, other injuries, and destroyed property. I’m sorry ‘cause I know you probably don’t want to hear this.
  21. Separation anxiety

  22. Hello! You will need to address why he is jumping those fences. We can barricade (etc) all we want but that doesn’t address his emotional state, which is all important! My guess is that he is an anxious fellow. Has he been jumping fences all his life, or is this a new thing? He will need a vet check regarding the peeing accidents, and you’d be wise to look up symptoms of canine cognitive dysfunction. If you’re on Facebook, look up the Anxious Dogs of Australia Support Group.
  23. I think we might be having this problem. Malcolm is losing his freaking mind. Waiting to hear back from VB.
  24. Lameness in 13.5 yo husky

    If you’re on Facebook, Canine Arthritis Management has a lot of info. They also have a Facebook group called Holly’s Army.
  25. Help with our new dog :(

    Look here https://www.k9events.com/behaviour-vets.html#vic And here https://www.ppgaustralia.net.au/