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  1. Good girl Bobbin! Clive is a good boy and just wants to be your friend... maybe if you let him have half the bed? T.
  2. Interesting to note that Coonhound Disease in Australia may have a link to eating raw chicken... does your boy eat raw chicken by any chance? T.
  3. The general "rule" is that if your dogs are doing fine on whatever you are feeding them, all is good... *grin* I've fed all sorts of things to my dogs over the years, and to be perfectly honest, haven't really noticed a drastic difference except for how much poop is produced. Generally, the cheaper brands of kibble produce more poop and of a varying consistency, whereas the high end premium kibbles produce smaller and firmer poop. I've found that raw meat produces even less poop, and it has the added bonus of going white and breaking down faster (if left in situ of course) - not to mention that it doesn't stink much either. As a vet nurse, I was rigorously schooled to plug the "complete and balanced" packaged pet foods (and we were even tested on that "knowledge" in order to pass the course)... regardless of what I feed my own dogs. Pretty sure vets are schooled in the same style where packaged foods are concerned. Personally, I go by the general "rule" above... unless your dog has allergies to certain things, or has another health issue that can be managed by diet... in those cases, maybe take your vet's advice on what to feed, or seek the help of a qualified pet nutritionist to create a diet plan that will best serve your dog's needs. T.
  4. @persephone, try Easy Thumbnails... https://www.fookes.com/easy-thumbnails T.
  5. Hmmm... is it possible he has gotten access to some sort of poison, like weedkiller? Some organophosphates can cause paralysis in dogs... The administration of charcoal tablets seems to point to the vet having a thought along those lines. Have you or the neighbours sprayed for any weeds recently (and around the time of his last episode)? If he's had a chomp on treated grasses/weeds, as dogs are wont to do, that could be a lead... Alternately, do you feed your dogs raw chicken or duck? Apparently some bacteria on raw poultry products (particularly chicken necks) can also cause this sort of issue - specifically Campylobacter... worth seeing if your vet can test for that. T.
  6. Have you had blood tests and xrays done to rule in/out possibilities? A basic blood test will definitely show if your dog has an infection at the very least... and a basic xray will show up any spinal/neck anomalies. Do you live in an area where there are paralysis ticks? Or had visitors from areas that do? Visited an area yourself that does? Is your boy a lot more adventurous or physically active than your girl? An injury perhaps? A cranial xray done to highlight soft tissue may show if there is a tumour in play in the brain... as a last resort possibility, an MRI may be beneficial if there is no other cause found by the above diagnostic methods. At 6 years old, your boy is far from being a senior dog... he should be fit and active and full of beans... T.
  7. Recent NSW legislation changes regarding animals in pounds having to be offered to at least 2 rescues before any consideration of euthanasia is having a huge impact on rescues already stretched to the limit... large numbers of surrenders certainly aren't making this issue any better... T.
  8. Special dogs pick special humans... I'll just leave it at that... *grin* T.
  9. I suppose it depends on the circumstances surrounding why the old family needed to rehome her. I'm not condoning neglect, but there may be a valid reason for why she's in the condition she is. Rather than fixating on her recent past, I suggest that you and her new owners just focus on now and to the future. She's in a better place now and getting what she needs to thrive. If there is an underlying medical condition, the vet will find that, and hopefully it can be treated and not be an issue for her in the future. It's awesome that the new owners are in contact with you, as your advice about all things greyhound will be so valuable to them while they restore her to her former happy healthy self. Have faith that her life from now will be an awesome one, OK? T.
  10. I will second this... I have a dog with exactly that problem, and I've known her since birth, so know that she's never had any traumatic experiences. She is fine at home, but does not cope with new people or social situations. I work around her insecurities, and she is now nearly 10 and doing just fine with that arrangement. As for dealing with your pup's timidity, just allow her to be herself, and let her dictate when she wants to be picked up or played with. Make sure she has a "safe place" like a covered crate to go hide in if she gets a bit overwhelmed. Set up the crate with a nice soft warm bed and a couple of toys to cuddle/play with. I know that it's tempting to want to pick her up and cuddle her and play with her, but if you let her initiate that, then her confidence will grow. If you have children, they need to follow the same rules... ask them to sit quietly and let puppy come to them. Ask them to be very gentle with her, and to let her dictate what games they will play. Loud noises and sudden movements should be kept to a minimum so she doesn't get overwhelmed. If she has gone to her "safe place", she wants to be alone, so respect that, OK? If she is food motivated, then rewarding her with food treats will help to establish good behaviours... just remember that what you feed her in treats during the day needs to be removed from what she is fed at meal times... you don't want her to get too fat either... *grin* T.
  11. The Australian and NSW welfare standards advocate that band castration can be done without pain relief up to 8 weeks for goats, 12 weeks for sheep, and 2 weeks for calves. However, it can be done a bit later, up to 6 months or so if pain relief is used - without the need for a vet to do it. I used to wait as long as possible (usually around 8 weeks) for our boy kids at work... but I always used Buccalgesic (oral gel) for pain relief regardless. We found that the occurrence of urinary calculi was virtually non-existent if we waited that long to do it. It is important to note that diet also plays a big role in the formation of calculi in goats and sheep... pellet feeds can be a bit off in the calcium/phosphorous ratio - especially for goats - and should be fed sparingly if not at all. We used lucerne chaff (daily allocation) and meadow/rye hay (ad-lib) to good effect in that regard, and the placement of plenty of salt licks to encourage drinking (and urinating) as well. Also of note, male kids start to get a scent after 8 weeks of age, so castrating them by 8 weeks tends to negate that male goat stink from happening. The later you do them, the more they will have that odour about them. T.
  12. I agree - stupid vanity product testing on animals should not be happening in this day and age. Surely they could get human volunteers for that sort of thing... at least humans can give consent. Did you know that there is actually a service that rehomes ex lab rats? Obviously it's not as prolific as dog and cat rehoming, but still, a number of rats also do get rehomed. Funnily enough, the animal rights mob have solely focused on the cats and dogs used in research... not the less popular animals like mice and rats. No mention of rabbits, guinea pigs, or monkeys either... although it is obvious that rehoming monkeys is a lot harder, it is not beyond the realms of possibility. Monkeys can have lifespans of up to 45 years in captivity... so it would be nice if any not too damaged from the research could find somewhere to live out their lives, don't you think? I don't see why some zoos couldn't take on baboons or macaques post research - think of the opportunities to educate the general public about our use of animals in this way... T.
  13. You will probably have found the current NSW State government inquiry into the use of animals in research then, yes? And the Animal Justice Party's take on same? Just yesterday, Emma Hurst (NSW state AJP senator) posted on her Facebook page her opinion/take on the rehoming of cats and dogs used in research in NSW. What she fails to include is the FACT that all rehomable cats and dogs used in research in NSW were actually rehomed after their use in same - as an audit report tendered to the inquiry quite clearly showed... Emma Hurst also has a medical condition that, even though she had difficulty getting properly diagnosed (which is a whole different issue), is being treated with methods perfected via the use of animals in medical research... kind of ironic, don't you think? As @asallists above, the use of animals in research can have wide-ranging benefits for many issues we face in today's world - for both animals and humans. Sure, there could be some much tighter oversight into some forms of experimentation, and more focus on the welfare of the animals used in such research, but simply banning the use of animals in research is not the answer... it is a necessary "evil" unfortunately. T.
  14. Great work Dale! And good boy Tyson! So glad you found a workable way to get Tyson the help he needed asap... even though it reads a little extreme. Obviously this is exactly what Tyson needed done at this time, and all parties worked together to get a good outcome for Tyson. Please keep working with Tyson on some of the desensitisation techniques earlier in this thread, as he will possibly need to see a vet again at some point in the future, and anything you can do to make that a less traumatic experience for yourself and Tyson the better, OK? T.
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