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  1. hahaha, DDD, you made me laugh we have a troll it seems
  2. I give mine Canine MSM Chondroitin Glucosamine Powder (they used to supply it in 500g bags) and Pernease powder because I bought some cheap-as from Gumtree and.. Henry gets monthly injections of Synovan ( I don't know which one of those three is working but he is a happy little boy and much more supple from when I first bought him in October last year He also gets Golden paste, I make it myself because it's easy peasy. I buy the turmeric from here here is the Golden paste recipe How to make Golden Paste: ½ cup turmeric powder 1 cup spring water (+ ½ extra if necessary) 1.5 tsp ground black pepper 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil Directions: Mix water (1 cup) with turmeric powder in a pan and slowly heat it up and stir for 6-10 minutes until you get a thick paste (add the additional ½ cup water if it is too thick). Add black pepper and oil and continue stirring until all the ingredients are fully mixed in together. Allow the paste to cool. Store in the refrigerator in a jar for up to 1-2 weeks. This recipe was developed by Doug English, a veterinarian who has utilized the ancient healing spice in all manner of animals ranging from dogs to cats to the most exotic types like alpacas and even crocodiles. edited to add that if he is on other medications it would pay to join and ask in this group to check if turmeric is compatible, there are a couple of antibiotics that the turmeric inhibits
  3. two long coats here Amber and two short coat and three here
  4. I did that and ended up freezing the pieces after a few hours of drying. OMG the stink you have no idea how bad it was Never never dry green tripe yourself ever
  5. when I bought Henry last year he had a dreadful ear infection (black gunk) in one ear, the vet put him on AB's as well as Apex PMP ear drops, he improved marginally but was still not clearing up. She then prescribed Topigen ear drops and that did the trick, cleared up the infection very well. It depends on the type of fungus/bacteria that are present in the ear, some treatments work better than others. It appears to be cheaper for customers if the more common treatment is used first rather than the cost of sending a sample to the lab for identification BUT obviously the treatment will take longer if the first treatment is not clearing up the infection. I also wipe the inside of the ear flap (every few days) with Rufus and Coco ear and wound cleanser as suggested by the woman who runs Qld Westie Rescue, she uses it daily for the rescues and says it is good stuff, it can be bought at Woollies in the pet grooming section
  6. These people sell them WM (hummm, spelling could be better-->Why give just a dog treat when you can give a natural feat?) The price seems a bit exxie though according to their 'clunky search for a stockist' link you can buy here; PETS ON SEMAPHORE 115 Semaphore Rd Semaphore SA 5019 PH:(08) 8242 7302 also same price here cheaper here
  7. Stating the obvious I reckon How our pets strengthen neighbourhood ties The Conversation By Lisa Wood from the University of Western Australia Updated yesterday at 2:35pm Photo: When dog owners meet, it helps build a safe and connected community. (Wrote/flickr, CC BY-NC) Talk to any pet owner and you are bound to invoke stories about the joy and companionship of having a pet. But evidence is mounting that the effect of pets extends beyond their owners and can help strengthen the social fabric of local neighbourhoods. Now a cross-national study involving Perth, Australia, and three US cities has lent weight to the observation that pets help build social capital. This is not a frivolous notion, given the erosion of sense of community is often lamented. As Hugh Mackay recently observed, not knowing our neighbours has become a sad cliche of contemporary urban life. I stumbled into pet-related research some 15 years ago when undertaking a PhD on neighbourhoods and sense of community. I was curious about the elements of a neighbourhood that might help people connect to one another, so I threw some in some survey questions about pets. In what has become my most-cited academic paper, we found that pet owners were more likely to have higher social capital. This is a concept that captures trust between people (including those we don't know personally), networks of social support, the exchange of favours with neighbours and civic engagement. Fast-forward a decade to a much larger study to look at the relationship between pets and social capital. Pet owners and non-owners were randomly surveyed in four cities: Perth, San Diego, Portland and Nashville — four cities reasonably comparable in size, urban density and climate. In all four cities, we found owning a pet was significantly associated with higher social capital compared with not owning a pet. This held true after adjusting for a raft of demographic factors that might influence people's connections in their neighbourhood. Photo: Pets are a great leveller in society, owned and loved by people across social, age and racial strata. (ABC News: Lisa Morrison) How do pets help build social bonds? It is often assumed that the social benefits of pets are confined to social interactions that occur when people are out walking their dogs. Lots of dog owner anecdotes support this. In this large sample study, however, levels of social capital were higher among pet owners across the board. We did nonetheless find that social capital was higher among dog owners and those who walked their dogs in particular. Dog owners were five times more likely to have got to know people in their neighbourhood. This makes sense, as dogs are the most likely to get us outside the home. Yet our survey data and qualitative responses show that a variety of pets can act as a social lubricant. Pets are a great leveller in society, owned and loved by people across social, age and racial strata. Perhaps it is having something in common with other people that strikes a chord, regardless of the type of pet. What does this mean for how we live? That pets can help build social capital is not just a social nicety or quirky sociological observation. Hundreds of studies internationally show that social capital is a positive predictor for a raft of important social indicators, including mental health, education, crime deterrence, and community safety. Given pets are entrenched in the lives and homes of many Australians, it makes sense to tap into this as a way to strengthen the social fabric of local communities. Not everyone can or wants to own a pet. But two-thirds of the population does, so our cities and neighbourhoods need to be "pet friendly". Australian suburbs are generally pretty good for walkable parks and streets. In this study, we also found that having dog walkers out and about contributes to perceptions of community safety. Given the broad social benefits of pet ownership, perhaps we need to rethink 'no pets' rules where possible. Photo: Dog owners enjoy a higher level of social capital, the study found. (ABC News: Simon Royal) However, in Australia, pets have traditionally belonged to people living in detached housing with backyards. Many rental properties, apartment complexes, and retirement villages still default to a "no pets" policy. Other countries, where renting and higher-density living is more the norm, seem more accepting of pets across the housing spectrum. Given ageing populations, housing affordability and the need to curb urban sprawl are critical social trends in many countries including Australia, maybe we need to recalibrate our notions of who can own a pet and where they can live. This is not to say that pets have to be allowed everywhere, but the default to "no pets allowed" is questionable. My father-in-law in his 80s, for example, couldn't downsize to a retirement complex because his extremely docile rescue greyhound exceeded the "10 kilogram pet" rule. He couldn't bear to part with Moby, a faithful companion through whom he met many local residents daily at the park nearby. Constant companions in times of change A lot of my current research is around homelessness. Chatting recently with a man who was homeless with his dog on the streets of Melbourne, he told me how his dog gets him up in the morning, keeps him safe at night, and gets them both walking daily. His dog was one of the few stable things in his life, so he needed a public housing option that would allow pets. People who are homeless also need crisis accommodation options that accept their pets. Hence it is great to see places such as Tom Fisher House in Perth, opening its doors to rough sleepers with pets needing a safe place to sleep. Beyond the practical implications for pet-friendly cities, the potential for pets to enrich the social fabric of communities has strong appeal in an era of global uncertainty, frenetic "busyness" and technology-driven communications. As cultural analyst Sheryl Turkle has said, the ways people interact and forge relationships have undergone massive change and we can end up "connected, but alone". By contrast, humans have been drawn to companion animals since early civilisation. In many people's lives, they remain a tangible constant that can yield enduring social capital benefits. Lisa Wood is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Social Impact and School of Population Health at the University of Western Australia. This article was originally published in The Conversation.
  8. some more 'feeding turmeric to your dog' info here Powerlegs (maybe adding flax-seed oil instead of olive oil would be tasty for them)
  9. my lot ate the golden paste off the spoon, they thought it was yummy, maybe it was the olive oil I put into it when making it. Perhaps mix it with some mackerel or sardines or just the juice out of the can or mix it with some mince.
  10. Yes, it definitely seems to be more economical but I kinda liked the one I had originally purchased as it included the MSM, Chondroitin and Glucosamine all in the one packet and was for dogs. I get my turmeric and rosehip granules from Country Park...they are lovely to deal with
  11. My vet put my 11 year old Westie, Henry (I have only had him 8 months) on monthly Synovan injections, the first few months didn't seem to make much difference but he seems to be happier when going on his walks now. I also give him glucosamine and Pernaease and have started on the golden paste. After hunting about I found this and here's the info on th Synovan I had also changed his meals from minced turkey necks (I just didn't feel like poking 14kg of necks through the mincer!) to roo mince + a little bit of Taste of the Wild kibble and raw vegie slops, he seems to be doing extra well on that
  12. Laeral...maybe ask Troy to move this to the Health/Nutrition/Grooming forum. are you making your own golden paste? a simple recipe here if you are interested How to make Golden Paste: ½ cup turmeric powder 1 cup spring water (+ ½ extra if necessary) 1.5 tsp ground black pepper 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil Directions: Mix water (1 cup) with turmeric powder in a pan and slowly heat it up and stir for 6-10 minutes until you get a thick paste (add the additional ½ cup water if it is too thick). Add black pepper and oil and continue stirring until all the ingredients are fully mixed in together. Allow the paste to cool. Store in the refrigerator in a jar for up to 1-2 weeks. This recipe was developed by Doug English, a veterinarian who has utilized the ancient healing spice in all manner of animals ranging from dogs to cats to the most exotic types like alpacas and even crocodiles. Why add Black Pepper? It is beneficial to take black pepper with turmeric because it helps the body absorb turmeric.
  13. the photos have not loaded so click on the link Pot for pets? What happened when terminally-ill Muttley took cannabis oil Posted Wed 21 Jun 2017, 12:14pm Updated Thu 22 Jun 2017, 6:20pm By Shalailah Medhora He'd been diagnosed with cancer earlier that year, and after rounds of chemo and five surgeries, the vet said there was nothing more they could do for him. "He was extremely lethargic. He'd sleep 20, 22 hours a day and wanted to be left alone, didn't want to go outside. Basically, getting towards the point of he was going to die," Tim told Hack. "In October we said goodbye to him. We were going away and we didn't think he'd survive the week," Tina said. "The only other option would have been putting him down, because he didn't have any quality of life." Chemo was having a terrible effect on Muttley. "He got really sick, he lost ten kilos and started urinating blood and the vet said that's pretty much it. He probably has weeks to live, if he's lucky," Tim said. To ease Muttley's discomfort, the vet suggested Tim and Tina try something a little bit controversial - medicinal cannabis oil. The couple was sceptical at first. I thought I'd heard it all, until I'd heard that." "But then I thought, if he can't take traditional medicine, if it makes him feel sick - he was vomiting and he would do this really sad thing where he would bury his nose in his paws and rub his head in the grass," Tina said. "You could tell he was really in pain and that was a sign that he was nauseous. So I thought, what do we have to lose? We might as well try it." They got him some low-dose cannabis oil... and noticed a change within days. "He's put ten kilos back on, he's pain-free, he's hyperactive, he's energetic, he's loving life, and he has a huge appetite," Tim said. In some ways, Muttley's turned into a typical stoner. I guess he gets the dog munchies." "He does tend to get the munchies, even after his second dinner. He follows me to the fridge and he absolutely loves ice-cream," Tim said. "For some reason, this is a new taste he's developed after we've given him the hemp oil. He absolutely devours an entire bowl of ice-cream." "After taking medicinal marijuana, he wants to be around everybody, he wants to play, and sometimes at midnight he gets his toys and he wants to play with his toys even though everybody else wants to go to bed," Tim laughed. 'For use in humans only' The thing is, no cannabis products have been approved for use in animals. In fact, the Therapeutic Goods Administration - the regulatory body responsible for giving medicines for humans a tick or a flick - actively warns against cannabis use in pets. "Some substances that are relatively benign in humans can be highly toxic to dogs and/or cats," a spokeswoman for the TGA told Hack. "Cannabis cultivated and manufactured into medicinal cannabis products is for use in humans only. It should not be provided to pets." Pet owners may be tempted to provide black market medicinal cannabis products to pets. This should never be done." But veterinarians have the discretion to prescribe human medicines to pets, if they think it'll help, and certain very-low dose hemp oils, like the ones you may see at market stalls, can legally be sold in Australia. "The reason they're legal is that they have such a low concentration to be legal so they can't be abused. They may well be safe, but we also don't know that they're effective," practicing vet and member of the Australian Veterinary Association, Phil Brain, said. He cautioned pet owners against seeing medicinal cannabis as the silver bullet for their sick pets. "There are many more conventional products that can be used to improve well-being and appetite," he told Hack. "The AVA remains open to the possibility of these drugs, we welcome further research. It's probably just at this time, the unquestioning acceptance of the products is premature." Phil said he's much more likely to see pets get sick from accidentally accessing their owner's stash. "They come in with quite profound signs of toxicity, ranging from being spaced out, but often including seizuring, they're wobbly and they're quite neurologically affected. In some cases that toxicity can be fatal." He says the same kind of medicinal cannabis trials that have been conducted on humans should be done on animals. "We keep an open mind I suppose, but veterinary science is a science and accordingly the AVA are advocates for only using products that have been thoroughly tested," Phil said. Aussie company taking Europe by storm Could we see approved cannabis-based product for pets on the Australian market soon? It's not a medication, but Australian-listed company, Creso Pharma, has registered a hemp-based product that you can feed your pets to help them with chronic stress and ageing. That's been registered through the European Union's regulatory body, called the European Feed Material Registry. "The European regulations are a bit more open, so we're starting in Europe," David Russell from Creso Pharma told Hack. Next step: getting the product into Australia on a trial basis. "That's probably the first path for us, to get some product into the country through a TGA approval for research purposes so they can have some experience with it," David said. Cannabis is a good option [for pets], but we need to gather some local evidence." David admitted Australia had been slow off the mark when it comes to utilising medicinal cannabis, but he said it's "for the right reasons". "There are about 5 million dogs - that's about 40 per cent of households in Australia - and they're part of the family. They're a very important part of people's lives, and we want to make sure we give them something safe," he said. The product will launch in Europe later this year, and there's still a question mark over when we could see it in Australia. A last resort Tim and Tina didn't regret their decision for a second. Muttley is a much-loved member of the family, and his human parents would do anything to make his last days bearable. You would do that for anyone, you'd try and make them comfortable." "I mean, his prognosis is terminal and all it's done is make him comfortable for however long he's got to live," Tina said. Tim agreed. "I just think, give it a go if there's no other option." Phil's approach was a bit more cautious. "I would say to those pet owners to see the veterinarian and have a long chat about conventional medication, discuss using alternative medication as an option." Credits Author Shalailah Medhora
  14. I was talking to a lovely Irish terrier at the vets last week, she was such a charmer! (I meant the dog was charming...well, ok, the vet was as well :-D)
  15. hahaha, the photo I liked best was the sea-side one in December, those two terriers having a disagreement about some (probably imagined) slight. I can almost hear them