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  1. autoimmune-hemolytic-anemia

    Depends a lot on the type, and the dog's response. If they're thinking primary .. then it means maybe no outside cause .. just the dog's own immune system doing something it shouldn't be doing and attacking the dog's own red blood cells. You'll find out more by doing web searches. It's a seriously nasty disease .. survival levels are getting somewhat better, especially when transfusions are available.
  2. autoimmune-hemolytic-anemia

    It's really encouraging that he's hanging in there … but yes .. really stressful all round. Fingers and paws continue to be crossed for him.
  3. Annual blood works

    Just FYI .. there was a very distressing and heated discussion on this several months ago. I think it was removed, so searching here won't help I think. But I do suggest you google the subject. I'll put some links if I can find them quickly. But to get you thinking … pay rates are quite low, given the high ATAR scores needed to get into vet school and the years of training; vets who are practice owners have the stress and expense of maintain their buildings, keeping more and more expensive equipment up to date; vets and their staff have to deal with not only traumatised animals but also traumatised owners every day .. some are hard because the vet has known the animal since it was tiny, and the humans probably longer than that .. and has to deliver bad news and guide owners through appropriate treatment (or not) scenarios; others are even harder because the vet is confronted by owners who are angry or apparently uncaring .. not willing to pay for appropriate treatment; ….. and so on. Even on a good day it's a tough gig … which is one of the reasons why well puppy visits are welcome if the office is not too busy, or weigh ins by regular client dogs who are then available for destressing cuddles . ETA link ABC report from January 2019
  4. My Polly

    Oh that's tough, @Pollywaffle.. It's hard when they get older and things start going wrong (well, not just them either ). If the Evet was right about the carcinoma, then I don't know that I'd be getting aggressive about the possible diabetes .. unless of course those symptoms became really concerning. I think if she were mine, I would be running a complete blood panel just to see what indicators there might be. That will mean an uncomfortable blood draw, but will hopefully give you a clearer picture of what might be happening. Here's hoping you can get some good information without stressing her or you guys too much.
  5. Help with night training

    Sounds like you are doing a good job with the training. The basic rule with a young puppy is take them outside after they wake up, after they've eaten, after they've been playing .. and don't leave them unsupervised in anything except their play pen, where you'd have newspapers ..and maybe pee pads or fake grass. Pups have preferences for what they like under their feet when they toilet. You should know that 7 weeks is actually a bit too young for a puppy to go to its new home. The law in most states requires the pup not to go to the new home till 8 weeks ..and it's often later in small breeds. One of the reasons for this is that the pup is usually not vaccinated or microchipped until 6 weeks, and then a 2 week period is advised for the vaccine to achieve the maximum effect it can give puppy at that age, before the pup is allowed to go to the new home. Even then, although the pup can and should be taken out to experience the world safely, in the owner's car, or arms, or in the homes of friends with fully vaccinated pups, it's safer not to allow the puppy to put its feet on the ground in areas where diseases , particularly parvovirus, may be present. It would probably be wise for you to check the pup's vaccination and worming status .. making sure the breeder was keeping up with all those requirements. .. and you should also have the microchip papers .. so make sure the microchip is registered in your name and with a couple of valid phone numbers just in case. I really wouldn't be waking the pup to take her out in the night, but it's lovely that you have her sleeping in your bedroom, so that you will hear her stir or cry if she wakes up .. which might at that young age be once or twice a night. Just quietly take her out to where she likes to toilet - some prefer grass, then quiet praise, and bring her quietly inside, and pop her back in her kennel, with a little treat. Oh and of course take her out to toilet just before she goes to bed. Don't know what breed your pup is, but as a guide, by 9 weeks, my Border Collies were only waking to toilet once a night .. and by 10 weeks they would sleep through 8 or more hours. Hope that helps … and please tell us more about your pup .. and we like to see photos.
  6. autoimmune-hemolytic-anemia

    Oh that's not good news, @sheena. It really is a horrible thing.
  7. Another disease, or...?

    So very sorry you've had to make that sad decision for your beloved Cairn. I have no experience of Cairns, or of Cushings, and I have no veterinary knowledge but your post .. but your post did ring some little bells in my mind …. something I read or heard ages ago about the links between Cushings and Addisons. Given the symptoms you described of your poor girl's last few days, there were things that from the very little I've heard and read, did sound a little more Addisonian to my very lay mind. In relation to the fatty tumour becoming hard quite suddenly (if I'm understanding that correctly) that did happen to a dog of mine years ago. She had quite a large lipoma on her thigh, and it became hard and painful quite suddenly .. diagnosed and treated by the E vet as an infection, with a recommendation to have it removed after a couple of days on antibiotics. In her case, that was an isolated thing, and it was successfully removed. Once again, my sincere condolences. I have had that experience of losing a dog within a couple of days of symptoms and diagnosis. In his case, it was immune mediated haemolytic anaemia .. it's very hard.
  8. autoimmune-hemolytic-anemia

    It's a horrible thing, Sheena … my first pure bred BC died of it .. competed happily in 2 UD trials on the Sunday, and after being a bit off on the Tuesday, went downhill rapidly and died on the Friday morning … but that was while the diagnosis was still being made, and in the days before transfusions were available … at least down here. The fact that his PCV has gone up to 26 after the 3rd transfusion is encouraging. There's quite a bit of information available on the net .. take it for what it's worth .. but you might get some ideas about how they progress from here. For my boy it was going to be massive immune suppression .. but again . that may well have changed, and has almost certainly improved in nearly 20 years. I guess my advice would be … keep asking questions .. and hope for the best. I do wish your daughter and her dog well.
  9. Welcome back to DOL .. and biiig congratulations on finding a beautiful dog from an awesome breeder!!! It will be interesting to be able to follow Muse's training journey if you don't mind sharing.
  10. Annual blood works

    I'll get a full panel done if my dog is having pre-surgery bloods ..just as a baseline for future reference. Some dogs can have slightly weird values but be in perfect health - that's worth knowing. (A BCxKelpie of mine had full bloods done one time and the vet was struck by the fact that the dog in front of him was bright and healthy and non vomiting .. when some of her values suggested pancreatitis. This dog was hypothyroid, and needed to be operating at the high end of normal thyroid values.) Not something I'd do annually though.
  11. Antihistimine brands

    I used to use Polaramine .. but only for emergencies like bee sting or jackjumpar ant bite. I was setting up a travelling first aid kit for a trip nearly 10 years ago .. at that time, my vet recommended 10mg Phenergan for the Border Collies .. but again, I was asking about something for emergency use, not regular.
  12. Dogs walking off leash

    If it's an area where dogs really should be on leash, I tend to move away from the other dog/owner as far as I can, and if I can't completely avoid them, I will call out long before the other dog even looks like getting near my two … nicely .." Could you call dog please. Mine are not super friendly." Which is half a fib .. one is, the other isn't. Thoughtful owners will see you avoiding the meeting, and will have enough manners and training on their dog to call the dog back and either leash or keep it under control while we pass. My two will be on shorter leashes and the other side of me. I always thank the other owner … and if the dogs are settled and there is enough room, we might end up having a nice chat, as happened to me to me other day. If the other dog/owner does not respond well, then my best option is turn and go in a different direction. If you need to buy a bit of time as you turn and go, you can always throw a handful of treats in the path of the oncoming dog.
  13. Night regression please help :(

    The good thing is he lets you know … although that certainly makes for broken sleep. My first thought when peeing habit changes and becomes more frequent, is possible urinary tract infection (UTI). If he were my dog I would be arranging a vet check up for him, if only to rule that out. If he's outside during the day, you probably won't know whether he's peeing more frequently during the day as well. If there is no medical reason, then I'd be doing things like withholding access to water too close to bedtime .. and no access to water during the night .. he doesn't need it.
  14. White factored Border collie eye/ear issues?

    Since it seems highly unlikely that the parents were tested prior to the mating, it would definitely be worth your while. One of the defects is likely to lead to puppies fading and eventually dying in the first 3 months (TNS Trapped Neutrophil Syndrome) Another is a defect in the back of the eye (CEA Collie Eye Anomaly) - mildly affected dogs have little to no problem .. my previous BC girl (born before the genetic test was available) was CEA affected - picked up by the eye tests that good breeders did then at 6 weeks - but went on to compete at the top level in Agility.) The real kicker for you and the one that is totally worth testing for is CL Ceroid Lipofuscinosis - because symptoms do not start manifesting till about 18 months, and affected dogs cannot recover - they have to be euthanised . usually before about 24 months.
  15. The C7 (which includes leptospirosis) is apparently much more problematic .. as in a higher proportion of adverse reactions. Lepto is rat borne, so vets will sometimes give it if the dog lives in close proximity to a lot of rats, but as far as I know, it's very rarely given.