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  1. That question sent me on an interesting if somewhat scary little research adventure. The short answer, depending on the particular species of Campylobacter is .. no .. reduces the number of them. But another interesting piece of information is that most dogs cope with a small load of campylobacter .. which makes sense when you think about their evolution. So if that is the nasty as the UMelb study was suggesting, there may perhaps be an added susceptibility in dogs that develop the APRN.
  2. Thanks for that reminder @persephone. Silly old woman that I am, I'd forgotten to refer to that. I still wilsh there'd been some follow up work on the UMelb study .. maybe there has been - I haven't come across it.
  3. Pain relief

    @Ray & Wilson Ditto what the others have said. And if pup is crying after surgery, it can be the effects of the anaesthetic working its way out of the system rather than pain from the surgery itself. Different dogs react differently to anesthetic. Hope your pup recovers really well.
  4. @sheena Two particular concerns .. one arising from a Melbourne Uni study reported February 2018. Can't quickly find any follow up studies. More general concerns about chicken necks and puppies are covered in this article from a Vet hospital.
  5. Just checked by Big Dog box .. yep 13%protein. But I'd say if you're feeding a high protein % kibble for other meals, that's not a problem. FWIW, ROry's breeder, years ago, had them on Advance Large Breed puppy until 14 weeks .. and then transitioned to a lower % protein as she felt her BCs were a bit too hyper on the higher protein foods. Pippa was fed raw right from the start, which is why I kept her on raw .. just not with me buying in stuff I couldn't fit in my freezer.
  6. Puppy Becomes Hyper Active After Having Food

    Totally agree about not allowing running round for a little time before and after her meals. I am a worry wort, but I'm always conscious of the risk of bloat. So my hyper BC girl has to have a calming time before meals .. then is fed in her crate and stays there for a nap for an hour or so after the meal. She does have an antler or hoof chew in there to keep her amused, but more often, she actually naps. 30 minutes running round in one go, especially directed running round with a flirt pole or something like that, is IMHO way too much 'forced' exercise for a young puppy... highly likely to cause damage at some point. Yes, they may go crazy zoomies on their own .. but that's more usually for a shorter period of time, and although it can be a bit scary, is being done at the puppy's own pace. I tend to stop that after about 10 or 15 minutes max, and have an enforced break. Totally agree with @tdierikx about the importance and beneficial effect of mental exercise through training and/or problem solving. There are plenty of resources on the web for positive training with youngsters … have a look for the Wonderdogs on FB .. and Kikopup and Donna Hill on YouTube for a start. The more you teach pups the more they can learn .. and it certainly tires them out more than physical exercise.i Something else to consider and research .. the role of elevated cortisol levels in overstimulated pups .. it takes many hours for the cortisol levels (which can rise because of stress or over arousal of any kind) to come back down to normal. So to teach your pup to relax and be calm and thoughtful is beneficial for everyone.
  7. Obsessive behaviour help

    My first thought would be management. So changing the environment so the annoying behaviour can't occur … so depending on the set up .. that would likely involve babygating and/or crating and/or xpen. If the behaviour annoys you, you can imagine it would annoy the heck out of the small dog, and as you probably figure, it's probably not doing the intact male any good either. You could combine the physical separation (and more than just a door) with some enrichment/displacement activity for the entire male .. something lie a snuffle mat with smelly treats, stuffed frozen kong etc. This would likely only be effective if the entire male was physically quite separated from the small breed male.
  8. Havanese on show in Victoria?

    Have went you a PM with a suggestion. Hope it helps.
  9. It does seem to depend quite a bit on the individual dog. I'm using it prophylactically primarily along with a glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM chew … have done for years .. and (touch wood) my 10,5 year old Agility BC seems to be in good shape. Not a fussy eater though. I was talking with a friend yesterday who has been using RHCV for a year or more for her multi problem GSD who must be coming up towards 12 or maybe is 12. She is absolutely happy with it, and how well her dog is doing on it compared with before .. his other food and meds regime is the same.
  10. Have a look at their FAQs on their website. They say 100% human grade ingredients … and given the sources t=of additional information they reference, I'd say you're probably safe. And since it's raw and minced, there'd be a limit to what they could conceal.
  11. Some people do BARF for one meal a day and kibble for the other. I haven't done that, so I really don't know. I'd think it was probably better not to feed both types at the same m3eal .. but I don't know for sure.
  12. Big Dog are available in our animal feed supplier, so you could check if you've got some fairly local. Not sure about other brands .. think we're a bit limited down here .. but Big Dog do have quite a range of varieties. Just checked BigDog website … shows Coffs (PetStock) and Grafton as within 35 km of you (think my memory is right ;-)). So other brands might be availabler too.
  13. @sheena Lots of fun ahead! It will all come back to you. … 8 year gap for me too. FWIW one of my dogs came on large breed puppy .. but only till about 14 weeks .. then transition to a lower %protein and fat .. I think along the lines of 'grow em slow and steady' and not too hyped. My current youngster had been raised raw fed, so at 10 weeks I just continued that - although I cheat and use Big Dog BARF patties. At Christmas this year I actually transitioned Rory over to the BARF patties too … not because I was at all unhappy with his Black Hawk kibble. but so that he could enjoy the Turdukken too (Christmas special). I felt that his coat was looking even nicer on the raw, and he was still doing well in all other respects, so I've kept him on that now too.
  14. Meet Banks

    What a sweetie. Lots of fun ahead I think.
  15. Stage 3 Renal Failure

    Oh that is great news, @sheena.