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  1. To be honest, I didn't even think of owner costs. I just didn't want the dog to get run over and I was also thinking about how painful it would be for the owner to discover their dog missing - i know i would be. But this model seems pretty ridiculous, what if the owner refuses to pay or cannot afford to pay.... do they put the dog down? Thats a bit over the top isn't it?
  2. Thanks. Also, I couldn’t even get close to the dog. It just kept running away. Even if I post to facebook, it’s gone by the way my post is up. Really quite helpless. do you think the vet would take it in? If I’m heading to work, even if I was able to get the dog, I wouldn’t want to leave it home alone. It would scare the poor thing to death.
  3. I was on my way to work today and saw a lost dog. It was a small dog and our local vet is about 10 minute walk away so i thought maybe i can pick him up and take to the vet to get microchip details - not sure it was a good idea anyway given i don't know the temperament of the dog and picking up a fearful dog is not really a good idea. There was no tag on the dog but it had a collar on. It was near a busy road but because it was still early it wasn't peak hour so not too many cars around. As soon as I tried to get near it, it will run away and onto the road. I even tried getting down on the floor and calling it. No luck. I didn't have any food on me or a leash so it was a lost case. He eventually ran away into a side street and disappeared. I did go home to get some food and a leash and walk the street where I found him earlier but he was long gone. I'm actually not sure what the right thing to do. I tried calling a vet once a few years ago and they said there is nothing i can do but hopefully secure it into a gate so they can't run away and then call the council. Easier said than done with a frightened dog.
  4. Thanks yes, mini schnauzer. Well he seems to have elevated liver enzymes so he is not out of the wood just yet! Thanks for the tip, I will be revisiting his diet and also check about the pancreatitis when i speak to vet. Yeah thats what i thought, i should be able to tell from his behaviour. But he seems normal so it didn't even cross my mind. I noticed he is a bit slower (reaction time) but I boiled it down to old age and a loss of hearing, like you would see with an 90 year old compared to a 15 year old. I hope nothing bad, I see the vet again later this week. Thank you all.
  5. @Deeds i had a look at the kibble you mentioned and it still has 15% protein - https://www.hillspet.com.au/dog-food/pd-kd-canine-dry Is that considered low? The MFM my boy is taking is 20% which isn't too far off and i thought it was one of the higher brands. Did you need to get a SDMA done (google says this is the kidney function test)?
  6. I'm currently feeding meals for mutts salmon range and in the last 12 months have topped it up with boiled meat. I may have to stop the top up in meat. I thought kidney was supposed to be lower protein (per above post?) Sounds like the liver and kidneys are related...... both are problematic his bloods at the same time.
  7. Thanks that was helpful. No, he doesn't seem to be sick so there was no reason to test for pancreatitis? Although he has gained a bit of weight (about 1 kg) in the last 12 months. Is there a test for pancratitis? I was of the impression if he had it he would show signs of being sick.
  8. Thanks that’s reassuring. What symptoms does he present? And why only 10%, kibbles have protein too so that means whatever you given him on top is bland and carby? did you need to go for ultrasound? What does his urea reading levels look like? Do they go up and down in every blood test?
  9. The numbers aren’t super high and we are getting another blood done in a few weeks time. Given Denamarin and milk thistle are just vitamin supplements, I’m thinking whether I should dose him something small during this time. So that even if it was a false positive, it won’t harm do much harm. And at least if it did anything, the second blood test would be better. im actually more concerned about the kidneys ( urea level). Liver you can take something to help it, but I’m not sure kidneys are that simple.
  10. My boy is 12 and we just got some blood works done. He has an elevated ALT and ALKP both about 50 above the max boundary. This is the liver enzymes. And his Urea is 12 (normal is under 9.6). The liver may be due to old age but have been advised that milk thistle could help. I'm not sure how much to give, I have a bottle of these I'm taking myself. Does anyone know or have similar problems? https://www.chemistwarehouse.com.au/buy/86219/thompson-s-one-a-day-milk-thistle-42000mg-60-capsules?gclid=CjwKCAiAv_KMBhAzEiwAs-rX1Ppp6jpqlQYbYdkLJ7_mU2HL9ofghP8KSncAGBm5oMI1qcbdzoOVDxoCR4wQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds With the urea we are going to do a urine test, apparently the blood works in this category is not too accurate. Hopefully it's nothing. Wish me luck collecting his pee!
  11. Thank you for doing that, sorry I didn’t mean for you to take little Danny out for some fresh air but much appreciated. Im surprised the amount of ashes isn’t very much compared to the size of Danny. That’s probably about 1 measuring cup worth.
  12. I just managed to snip it off while he was wiggling on the ground on his back Caught him in a moment where he decided to stay still. I snipped it and pull the bit of plastic stitches out. It was tiny. I hope I got all of it
  13. I think I found an urn I’m happy with but I’m not sure whether it would fit. How much ash would a 11 kg dog produce to say a normal size Kleenex box 21cmx11cmx10cm. Would it be about 30% of the box or more? Is it okay to leave the ashes in the sealed plastic bag and put in the urn ? I worry about breakage. Would it get mouldy or deteriorate if left in plastic?
  14. Haha yeah I too freaked out, I thought it was skin because it was pale white. Did the knot eventually fall off by itself or did your vet have to intervene?
  15. I can’t fathom that they would even use non dissolving stitches in a place that’s so far back and hard to reach. Any dental work would surely be dissolvable, wouldn’t it? It would be silly to have to put the dog under it remove it’s stitches. But you are right, no harm to be sure I guess. I hope I can leave it alone and not irritate him at the same time.
  16. My dog had some dentals done about 3 weeks ago, removed a molar at the far back. While brushing his teeth, I noticed the stitches are still there, I can see the knot, Do I need to take him back to the vet to remove or will it eventually fall off on its own? I thought they would dissolve on its own, not sure why it hasn’t. He would put up a fight when I try to pick it off so I’m not sure the vet can get to the back of his mouth. Would it become inflamed if left in?
  17. Wow thats fantastic! I mean how great she is doing!! Thanks for letting me know.
  18. If you don't need a custom one made but just want one of your breed, you can try Etsy, Ebay or Aliexpress. I recently purchased a schnauzer one and it's quite good, I have another one in transit.
  19. Wow thats fantastic! I mean how great she is doing!! Thanks for letting me know.
  20. Thanks for that, that’s good to know. I guess not all vets will do the same thing but good to know a rough estimate of the costs ahead. It’s not small given all the medical bills at the moment. So all adds up. But whatever will give him comfort and the best of care I will do, at any cost. No, I really appreciate all the advice and experiences you guys have so generously shared with me. Things I didn’t think off or even thought were options. Really grateful for that. thanks so much @Snook
  21. Interesting you mention this as I was only looking last week. They are predominantly from the states, there are some beautiful ones. But there doesn’t seem to be a market here in australia for that as when I filtered by ship from australia, hardly any came up. Im probably just being too picky, an urn is an urn. It could be the circumstance of needing to select one making it all less appealing. But you guys are right, there aren’t many pet cremation services around and of those that do it, their vessels and urns are pretty similar.
  22. Perhaps you are right. I don’t have an issue with using the vets cremation service. All I really need is it to be an individual cremation and I think this is pretty much standard nowadays. I don’t need them to have empathy (although it would be nice) as I don’t think I will need to deal with them much, I just need them to make sure my baby is returned safely and done properly. The other element is costs, if it turns out to be a few hundred dollars mark up via the vet, then that’s a deal breaker. I haven’t enquired yet so I’m only guessing. But the main reason is I don’t want to have to decide again and go through the whole ordeal of where he will eventually reside. I’ll like to do it once and do it properly. I can see myself become even more distressed needing to handle his ashes a second time.
  23. Thank you everyone again for the great advice. In my last post, I asked whether it was common to arrange yourself because I wasn't sure whether the vet expects you to use their service. I have seen the one my vet offers and the choices are very limited with the urns, really just a handful to choose from and nothing that I really like. I've googled a number of companies and none of them seem to offer a "supply your own urn" option, which seems to imply i would have to choose one of their vessels or scatter boxes which becomes expensive when you need to pay for things twice.
  24. I have a question, is it common for people to arrange this themselves and not use the one from the vet?
  25. @Loving my Oldies thanks for that, they look good! Thank you for checking in @Snook. My baby is going well but his nose bleeds are a bit unpredictable. For over two weeks he has been normal but then all of a sudden last week he started to bleed again which freaked me out a bit because I thought it may be the end but he managed to bounce back and now he is back to normal again. The bleeding has stopped and we are again in the “safe” zone.... for now anyway. To be honest, this post euthanasia thing is really stressing me out a little (despite the good advices that you and others have provide). You are right that I may not need to decide now and should be spending that time with him instead but I don’t want to leave this unresolved for him while he is still here with me. I haven’t found anything or a company that I really like.
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