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  1. I have no issues with what people call their companion animals. People call their cars ‘baby’. To me the issue is how they are treated. Our dogs have always been dogs to us. We wanted them because they were dogs, not baby substitutes. But they have been part of our family, included in everything that a dog can enjoy. And they were not any less than other human family members. When one of our dogs was diagnosed with cancer we left no stone unturned for her treatment and well-being, and I took a sabbatical from work to look after her. So, if this post is about not treating dogs like babies, I totally agree. If this is about dogs shouldn’t be as important as humans, I totally disagree. No one has the right to dictate how much one loves another being.
  2. What is wrong with that? Some people have very strong bonds with their animals and a funeral service helps with their grief. I don’t believe in a rainbow bridge, but I wouldn’t put down those who need to believe to cope with their loss. I personally think a funeral for a companion animal is beautiful.
  3. I too respect breeders costs. However, in the last 8 years, the cost of a registered puppy has gone up by almost 400%. An example would be Golden Retrievers. Eight years ago a puppy would cost about 1,000. Today the minimum is 5,000. It has doubled in the last two years of Covid. The reality is: Wages have not increased by that much, not even close. With the current prices, only the well-off will be able to afford registered breeders’ puppies. Families who love dogs and could provide amazing homes, but can’t afford the prices, will look at Gumtree, or friends who want to breed. This will increase backyard breeding. I totally agree that breeders don’t often make money, if one takes into account the health costs and the maintenance costs of the dogs. But that calculation only makes sense if you look at your dogs as a business investment. I don’t blame anyone who is trying to earn money out of their hobby if they can. But accept it’s a business, and like any other business if the demand is high, the costs will go up.
  4. I do pet portraits in oil. You can see samples here: https://www.Facebook.com/343114086999579/posts/433363761307944/
  5. Genie, our almost 14 year old Golden Retriever, passed away last month. Genie was diagnosed with nasal adenocarcinoma in January 2020. The vets recommended palliative care since she was already 12 years old at that time. But that would have given her just two months. The tumour was already 7cm and had breached the cranial wall. But I wasn’t ready to let her go. She was otherwise very healthy and active. We did loads of research and decided to work with an oncologist. She did one round of stereotactic radiation therapy in February last year, then two rounds of chemotherapy and another stereotactic radiation therapy in January this year and then more chemotherapy. She breezed through most treatments with minimal side effects except nose bleeds that didn’t bother her too much. However, in the last two months she started to slow down. On the morning of 13 November she didn’t wake up. After a long day of ICU treatments, she remained unconscious and unresponsive, and the doctors said it was most likely a brain bleed caused by the cancer. We decided to say goodbye to her. We brought her body back home. We brushed her, put flowers in her beautiful fur, lit candles. Our whole family came to visit and sit by her side. Then she left home for the last time surrounded by all her family, knowing she was loved, and will always be loved. Here is a tribute video for her that celebrates her life.
  6. Rascalmyshadow, what you have done is truly wonderful.
  7. Totally agree. Budget is a real concern for many people. Why not be upfront about the price? Saves wasting time for the buyer and the breeder. What is the logic behind not listing prices?
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Why are these vets giving medication without asking the owners? That is also very strange. Our vets check before even giving treats.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Thank you all. Very helpful advice. Yes, we are going to stop giving Nexgard and will ensure she doesn’t go near bushy areas.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Hi Giraffez, we have been using Yunnan Bao to control our 13 year old Golden Retriever’s nosebleeds. She was diagnosed with nasal adenocarcinoma last year in January. Her vets prescribed Cyklokapron and Yunnan Bao. Her breathing is normal these days but she gets bouts of reverse sneezing and there is some nose bleed and mucus. Hope this helps. Feel free to message me.
  21. Maddy, why are you so angry? Do you personally know the family of these children? Evetyone here is having a reasonable discussion, main point being that we don't know who attacked who first. But Kodi was presumed guilty and declared dangerous.
  22. How do you know the owner was irresponsible? Yes, the owner was not present. But the dog was clearly stabbed. And was in a secure yard with double fences. How is that irresponsible? Shouldn't one question why the boys were trespassing on that property with knives and arrows? Just because the council declared the dog dangerous doesn't mean they know something. It is more likely that there was no evidence to prove that the boys stabbed Kodi. Kodi was considered guilty until proven innocent.
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