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  1. I think the OP’s frustration is based on the Covid prices for puppies. I’m on a Golden Retriever forum. They were commenting that usually a GR puppy is between $1,500 to $2,500. Now, because of the demand, some breeders are charging $5,000 to $8,000. While everyone has a right to charge what they want, if one triples the price to benefit from an increased demand, and then say it’s not about the money, that does seem contradictory.
  2. Hi Scrappimonty, our Elkhound is almost 14 now, has mild hip dysplasia and severe arthritis. Few months ago he could barely get up. We consulted with his vet and started him on hydrotherapy and recently we started weekly acupuncture and heat massage sessions with Tim Norris at Both ends of the Lead. It has done wonders. He is walking about 1.5 km daily, is alert and playful.
  3. Can you not provide references from neighbours, vets etc who can vouch for how you treat your dogs? I’m surprised that RSPCA can just pick up dogs without evidence.
  4. Why are these vets giving medication without asking the owners? That is also very strange. Our vets check before even giving treats.
  5. Our dogs have been with GreenCross at Bobbin Head Road in Sydney for 11 years ( before it was GreenCross). They have continued to be amazing vets. Now our Golden Retriever has been a regular at ARH Homebush and they are great too. Can’t complain at all.
  6. Hi, can anyone suggest what this might be? It’s not itchy but there is some discharge. The fur has come off in that area. The vets checked and ruled out fleas. They said it could be bacterial due to moisture caught in the fur. This cleared after a dose of antibiotics and the fur has regrown but now our other dog has a spot like this too. Since both of them have it I was wondering if it could be anything external.
  7. Thank you all. Very helpful advice. Yes, we are going to stop giving Nexgard and will ensure she doesn’t go near bushy areas.
  8. Hi, our 13 year old Genie got up on Sunday morning and seemed a bit unstable. By mid morning she was seriously wobbly so we rushed her to emergency in ARH. Since she has nasal cancer they were concerned the tumour may have invaded the brain and they put her on seizure watch. By evening her condition hadn’t worsened so we brought her home and slept next to her so we could be aware of any changes. Next morning ( yesterday) we took her back to the hospital for a full CT and MRI, as well as blood panel check. Everything came back normal. The only thing out of the ordinary was that the night before her ataxia attack we had given her Nexgard. Now, she has been on Nexgard for about 5 years without any side effects. But we feel her reduced immunity due to chemo may have caused the reaction. The vet thinks that it could be idiopathic vestibular disease (no discernible cause) or the Nexgard, but there is no way to confirm. They did flush out her kidneys though. Today Genie is much better though still a bit wobbly. Has anyone here had a similar experience? I think it’s too much of a coincidence that it happened the day after she got Nexgard.
  9. I have just ordered one. Thank you.
  10. Thanks Dogsfevr. Will look into that.
  11. Our Elkhound was diagnosed with DLE 10 years ago. He was put on Macrolone (oral steroid) and has been on it since then. We initially gave him a higher dose to control the inflammation and put vitamin E oil topically. He also has a sensitive stomach but has been fine for the last 10 years.
  12. Both our Golden Retriever and Elkhound wear raincoats when they walk in rain. They have heavy coats which take ages to dry. And moisture trapped in coats can cause hotspots.
  13. Hi, Our 13.5 year old Elkhound has severe arthritis. Our house is on a split level and access to the backyard is through a set of stairs. Do you know of any backpacks that would hold a 22kg dog so that we can carry him on the stairs? We could use the soft crates, but I was hoping for a backpack since it would be easier to carry.
  14. Hi Giraffez, Our 13 year old Golden Retriever was diagnosed with nasal adenocarcinoma last year in January after nosebleeds and reverse sneezing. The regular vets recommended palliative care since she was already 12 then, and they gave her about two months since the cancer is highly aggressive. We did extensive research and contacted David Lurie at ARH who is an oncologist specialising in stereotactic radiation therapy. This is a very focused radiation therapy with just three treatments. Our beautiful Genie completed her radiation therapy with almost almost zero side effects. She had to have soft food for a month since her palate was a bit inflamed. But her appetite and energy levels were great. She then did chemotherapy, again without any side effects, and she completed a second round of stereotactic radiation this year in January, again with no discernible side effects except for some fur loss on her face. She is happy, full of energy. She still gets nosebleeds, but that’s about the only issue. So, if you do want to consider treatment, don’t go by Google. People usually post when things go wrong. All the best.
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