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  1. Hello! I’m in Sydney too and my dog is scared of other dogs as well as being generally anxious. A couple of contacts for you. Louise Ginman at Positive Paws loves huskies as you can see, and adolescent dogs are a keen interest also. She runs speciality reactive dog classes as well doing 1-on-1 consults. The second is Lisa Hilleard at Polite Paws. She’s on the fringes of NW Sydney and has a live online dog skills class which may work really well for your guy. Both of these trainers use the methods detailed in this article about rewards-based training. Great job with rewarding calm a
  2. It sounds more like the dog was resource guarding your wife. Please don’t blame her. It’s not her fault.
  3. Millers Forge red handled nail clippers. I wish they came in chihuahua size!
  4. I’m sorry to hear that, Sheena. Anxiety sucks. As Snook says, there are a number of situational meds they can prescribe and you may need to trial a number or different doses thereof to see what’s best for him. We had to do that with Mal for his GAD & OCD. Some dogs with storm phobia also take longer acting baselines meds (e.g. an SSRI) during storm seasons if there’s a need to have something on board full time to drop baseline anxiety levels. You can get adaptil spray for situational use, but by itself it’s only good for mild anxiety, not dogs who are havin
  5. Sorry to hear about the little mite. You need to go back to the vet I’m afraid. Do you have a rehab vet or vet physio helping you too?
  6. Because while sometimes you can just cut them, or use braces or ball therapy, sometimes they DO need to be pulled out. And it’s the specialist who makes this assessment having examined the dog and what is going on in the mouth.
  7. The reason they’re removed (or other interventions taken) before they fall out naturally in cases like these is so that the jaw and adult canines can move into their proper positions rather than being stuck. If you don’t intervene the mouth can be ruined for life plus there are impacts on temperament. This pup is stabbing the roof of their mouth every time they close it, such that holes are forming in the mouth. Dogs hide pain especially if they’ve had it for life, but can you imagine just how painful that would be?? Doing nothing is flat out cruel. People need to listen to their vets, not ran
  8. I’m glad to hear you’re going to a specialist clinic. Your pup is a lucky duck to receive top notch veterinary care. This is a super gross way to talk about it but in consumer law puppies are like products, and if a product is faulty there may potentially be recourse through your state consumer tribunal. However, as with products, often you’re left with returning the puppy for a refund or exchange, not a contribution to future vet care on a beloved pet that you want to keep. With regards to what to do, follow the specialist’s advice. Get a second opinion from another ve
  9. It is a tremendous gift to be able to give our beloved dogs a good death, rather than suffering in their final moments. It would seem your daughter appreciates this keenly, with her experience as a paramedic. I wish you peace and strength at this difficult time. Trigger warning [spoiler]My first dog died of heart failure, drowning in the fluid and seizing. It was a horrific, traumatic death. It has shaped my firm belief that a week too soon is better than a moment too late. I would give anything to go back and stop his suffering.[/spoiler] eta I don’t know how to hide that ca
  10. Wrote my response above before seeing yours! So I am spot on then with my suspicions. My dog’s dental vet wrote this article. https://sydneypetdentistry.com.au/dental-disease/base-narrow-canines/all-about-base-narrow-canines/ Your vet is wonderful to have picked this up! It can be missed by general practitioners. Full marks to them!
  11. I’d see a veterinary dentist. They are the best qualified to determine if an intervention is needed and if so what and when, or if it’s something that might sort itself out and they’ll just monitor it for now. Ask your vet for a referral. For some conditions they prescribe ball therapy and it fixes the problem without expensive surgery. If left, these dogs can be in a lot of pain, and being in pain during a puppy’s critical socialisation period can mess with their mental health long term. I have a sneaky suspicion that this is that sort of thing your vet is referring to.
  12. You should go to the vet. This is an urgent problem given how quickly puppies can decline, so please don’t wait.
  13. I’m so very sorry for your losses.
  14. Hi there! Trazodone is one of many anti-anxiety medications that can be prescribed for vet visits or other situational anxieties. My dog didn’t respond well to traz, but it’s been a godsend for other dogs I know. If it’s not right for your dog, there will be other options. As Snook says, trial it before the stressful event. That way you’ll know if it does help, how long it takes to kick in for your dog, and whether the dose is right (there is a range). There is training you can do around these fears too. I’m currently doing an online cooperative c
  15. Also interesting https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0196284
  16. I know they’ve seen two vets, but I just can’t help but think that there have surely got to be other medication options for the liver and pain if they are causing problems – I am assuming the NSAID is for pain? For example Mal takes gabapentin for pain, and a potential side effect of that can be increased appetite. If appropriate, that may work in this sweet girl’s favour? Another one might be questioning if perhaps there’s something GI related going on and the denamarin and anti inflammatory meds just seem like typical suspects. Mal has developed food intolerances as a senior due to GI diseas
  17. It sounds like a vet review is sorely needed.
  18. Hey, so I don’t know about schutzhund, but if you’re open to other dog sports and seeing what your GSD likes best, there is a list of K9 Nose Work instructors at this link: http://acsw.com.au/certified-instructors/ It’s the same sort of training that bomb, drug etc detection dogs do and it’s suitable for all ages.
  19. Relax and make it fun for your puppy. Focus on the two of you and your bond.
  20. My dog has had negative responses to some medications or doses thereof, but if we had not persevered his mental health wouldn’t be where it is today. If you were only working with a general practitioner that may have been part of the problem, as they get very little training in behaviour medicine. Look here for a veterinarian with further qualification in behaviour: https://www.anzcvs.org.au/chapters/veterinary+behaviour+chapter many do remote consults if there is no one near you.
  21. I’m so sorry to hear of the attack and the psychological damage it has done to your dog. I also have a fearful dog, and for me the first port of call is avoidance and trained behaviours. We walk at times and places where we’re less likely to see other dogs - industrial areas outside business hours can be good for this, and have a bunch of trained behaviours up our sleeves. Things like emergency u-turns to increase distance, find it (treat scatters), go behind me, and he’ll play Look At That when we have more distance. An appropriate fitted and conditioned basket muzzle can also act
  22. I’d definitely get a full blood panel and work up, and consider the change of seasons extra coat dump, but will add that dogs can also shed bucketloads when anxious, which he might be with all these changes.
  23. I think this is who they’d want to contact if in WA. https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consumer-protection They essentially have a breach of contract.
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