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  1. I used it.  12 month implant lasted 2 years, dog did go on to sire a litter.  I have now used it again in an older male dog whom I don't want to GA and desex.  Chances are his testosterone won't ever come back up if he is still around after the implant wears off.
    I would only use it if you have collected or if you don't care if the dog is fertile afterwards.  There is a chance thier fertility won't come back after it.  I did a topic on it in here a number of years ago now

  2. My Whippet ended up super soft and hard to train because of it.

    Normally he is pushy and bounce and wirks longer and hard than any of my dogs.

    When he had this he was super soft. I once accidentally stepped on his toe when I sent him for a jump but he missed the cue. It took me 6 weeks to get him near a jump with me anywhere near him.

    Once the implant wore off it was business as usual.

    This is why he will never be castrated unless medically necessary..

  3. Just thought I would let you know that Hux has gained around 5kgs, has filled out and gained lots of muscle and has cover but still a lean mean running machine.  All his vet work is done.  He has been creature tested and passed with flying colours - and tested with Roo's accidentally and was amazing.
    So now he is looking for his new home. I adore him and will miss him but will love to see him in his perfect home

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  4. No I didn't see a link. Will go back and look. Not so good at this new phone DOL.

    He does spend time with family. He is locked up after eating.

    He has currently been on Optimum and Advance and not having any tummy issues.

    I will order different food, but it will take time. I am in a remote regional area.


  5. He is underweight, he has been underfed not starved, so he has muscle but needs more cover. His coat does look shiney.

    Apparently any food that doesn't agree gives him the squirts. 

    Finding out exactly what he has had is not easy.

    My understanding is he can have supercoat, has had Alert with no issues (horrible stuff) and had Black Hawk no worries.

    Can't eat tinned food - no biggy, I think they have tried Chum and Pal - shudder.

    He got liquid poo on chicken frames minced, but was fine on raw beef.

    As he is a foster it will work best if I can feed him on a dry food reasonably readily available here.

    Those are Black Hawk, Advance, Natural Balance, Nutro and the Stocky stuff like Bonnie etc.

    I currently have him on Optimum and beef mince which is the closest I had to what he is used to being fed. I will change him over onto a higher quality food over the next little bit.

    He was getting around 3 cups of Supercoat large breed and 500gms mince a day. So just not enough food for him.

    I have been feeding him twice a day starting at 3 cups each meal and will put up to 4. I will try adding frames etc once he has settled in a little. I find often changing too much at onc

    He has an elevated food bowl, not really high but makes eating easier.

    He is in a kennel after eating so no worries about keeping him quiet afterwards. He isn't too highly strung in that respect.

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  6. I tried to do photos but need to squish them. I have an app so will do it in a bit.

    Apparently he couldn't tolerate minced frames.  He has been eating Beef mince with no worries.

    He isn't a gutz. Eats methodically but not quickly.

    Yep know about not feeding when hot etc. More along lines of if you feed dry should you add water, max amount of food per meal and elevated food bowls etc.

    I haven't had any bloat prone dogs for a number of years so haven't kept abreast of the latest ideas.


  7. I have just picked up a 14mo Great Dane "Roo Dog" x

    He is 14 months old, around 80cms tall, 51kgs and around 5kgs underweight.

    He possibly may have a little height to go but not much.

    He apparently has had a myriad of issues with food and upset tummies. No underlying issues were found.

    He was getting beef mince and supercoat Large breed. Not enough.

    What sort of things should I be looking to feed - as long as he tolerates them of course. 

    Large breed adult dry foods? Large breed puppy? - from reading I am sure that is a no.

    And what is the latest info regarding practices to help avoid bloat?


  8. I had my 9 and 8yo dogs titre tested.

    They had puppy course, first yearly booster, then one had another then trienniels.

    The were 1 month before their trienniel booster due dates.

    One was fine, good immunity. The other had barely any inmunity at all.

    I would vacc or titre. I would never just wing it.

  9. In my world there are billions of shades of grey.

    Now if I could just get the brain to quiet down sometimes. It's far too busy in there sometimes :)

    Read the NYE thread ..... someone wants "calm" to be her word of 2017. :) :)

    Sounds good, mostly I like it but sometimes a little shhhhh is good :) I do find I think of fairly complex and obscure things at comepletely random times like waking up at 1am with a sudden explanation or information about an issue that helps me investigate. So it can be a good thing :)

  10. Hmmmm not sure it has as I have always been a bit different ;)

    I often just know things with no plausible explanation. These days I will tell my husband as he would ho yeh yeh and brush it off. When my I just know feeling is verified, he goes wow you said that. I am not often wrong.

    I have had other unexplainable things happen with my dogs and other pets - whilst they were still alive.

    I read a book called "Dogs never lie about love" and went yep.

    I have dogs in the kennels who's behaviour changes when their owns have come home a day early but I have no idea until they turn up.

    Lots of little things.

    So has it changed how I view the spiritual world, no I don't think so. It has given me a vastly new appreciation for life and I still believe there are things science cannot explain.

    Hmmmm not sure if I made much sense there :)

    I am also an empath.

  11. I had a medical issue and very nearly died, my dog came to me then. I wanted so badly too touch her but she stayed just out of my reach then started running big circles that got further away then after that I woke up.

    I had had no measurable blood pressure for a time and they had managed to stabilise it with rapid blood transfusions at that poibt.

    I grabbed my midwife and said am I going to die as I saw Angel - my dogs name - and she's dead - she had died 7 weeks before. She said no but it wasn't until later I found out just how close I had come.

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