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  1. Goodbye my Lovely Miss Bindi girl xxx

    I am so sorry you have had to say goodbye to your beautiful girl Sheena
  2. link to Phys.org article here Team develops treatment for canine megaesophagus by University of Missouri-Columbia This image shows a canine patient during a video fluoroscopic swallow study. These studies, performed by members of a collaborative research project at the University of Missouri, were a major component of revolutionary techniques developed for the diagnosis and treatment of megaesophagus, a devastating disease of dogs. Credit: MU College of Veterinary Medicine The Veterinary Health Center (VHC) at the University of Missouri's College of Veterinary Medicine is pioneering a new approach to treat one type of canine megaesophagus, a devastating disease of dogs. A partnership between the VHC's Small Animal Internal Medicine, Radiology, Surgery, and Nutrition services and an investigator in the Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery department at the university's School of Medicine has resulted in the discovery of a breakthrough treatment for a subpopulation of dogs with megaesophagus. The Mizzou team has identified a defect of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) as a potential treatable cause of megaesophagus. Megaesophagus (ME) refers to a large, dilated esophagus with poor or no motility preventing normal passage of food and liquid into the stomach. With ingesta not reaching the stomach to produce the sensation of being full, the dog will continue to eat. As a result, the esophagus enlarges greatly. Dogs end up not getting enough calories so they waste away. Dogs with ME also regurgitate large amounts of undigested food and some of that material can be inhaled into the lungs. This inhalation can result in aspiration pneumonia, a dangerous additional symptom that kills many affected animals. "In general, dogs with megaesophagus typically die of malnutrition, aspiration pneumonia, or are euthanized because the owners are told they have a terrible prognosis," according to Associate Professor Carol Reinero, DVM, PhD, an internal medicine specialist helping coordinate the efforts of the multidisciplinary team. "We're taking a closer look at a subpopulation of dogs with idiopathic megaesophagus, which means we don't know what causes it. We run all of our traditional tests, but we've never been able to find an underlying cause. Now with our video fluoroscopic swallow studies, we have identified an abnormality that we believe is driving the problem: an LES-achalasia-like syndrome." The LES acts as a valve between the esophagus and the stomach, opening when food and water are swallowed, then clamping tight so food doesn't come back from the stomach into the esophagus. In dogs afflicted with megaesophagus caused by an achalasia-like syndrome, the LES remains closed. "Video fluoroscopic swallow studies have been around a long time," Reinero said. "The problem with prior protocols is they did not represent normal eating and drinking behaviors. Those tests had very little to do with reality. A dog had to be restrained, lying on its side, and syringe-fed barium, which was not palatable even when mixed with food. If dogs don't eat during the swallow study you're not going to get a diagnostic study." In order to receive a better diagnostic result, the Mizzou collaborative research team blended innovation with adaptation, developing new techniques and tools while borrowing procedures from human medical practices to diagnose and treat this type of canine ME. Assistant Professor Teresa Lever, MS, PhD, from the Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery department, spearheaded the development of trapezoidal holding chambers or kennels—which are now patented—where dogs walk in and are funneled to the narrow end of the enclosure. The animals are more naturally restrained and are given food that they consume while standing upright. Lever's lab, in cooperation with an independent company that conducts feeding trials in dogs, also developed a number of different recipes and consistencies of food and liquid to optimize how well the dogs could take it down and discover which contrast agent was more palatable and effective. "So, now we have these chambers, we have optimized palatable recipes, and we have experience in normal, healthy dogs without swallowing disorders, as well as lots and lots of patients coming in with other swallowing disorders," Reinero said. "It was in the process of developing this protocol and having clinical patients come in when we recognized that LES-achalasia-like syndrome was the underlying cause of megaesophagus in some dogs. That's when we began to adapt what they do with humans, a therapy where we're opening or dilating the LES with Botox and/or balloon dilation. "We perform an endoscopy to first dilate the LES and then administer Botox, which paralyzes the sphincter muscles that formerly wanted to remain closed. While we are still evaluating this procedure, we've had dogs with remarkable clinical improvement. Additionally, when we repeat the fluoroscopic studies, we can document an open LES. The patients that show improvement can be candidates for surgery, and that surgery is potentially curative," Reinero said. During a patient's recovery, residents in the Nutrition Service monitor the dog's weight and food intake. The amount of food an owner may give a pet might need to be altered every couple of days. James Schachtel, Bvet Med, MRCVS, is a Radiology resident and key collaborator in the study. "This approach gives these dogs a chance, whereas a lot of them didn't have much of one," Schachtel said. "At this time, it is early in the evaluation process, but it's a novel approach that shows promise. "This subpopulation can receive a really significant benefit from our direct ability to detect their malady. It can give them a really good quality of life. This is a revolutionary diagnostic technique for a disorder identified with a pathological outcome. It offers us the opportunity to use therapies that have been successful in people, so we're optimistic we can experience similar success with canines," Schachtel said. Schachtel will present an oral abstract of the swallowing protocol and early identification of the LES achalasia on Oct. 20 at the American College of Veterinary Radiation Annual Scientific Conference in Orlando.
  3. Bedlington Benches

    Bedlington Benches September 4, 2019 National Purebred Dog Day® In Northumberland, England in a county situated in North East England is a former mining town named Bedlington, and yes, it’s the town from which the terrier got its name. This is a very old town. Bedlington and the hamlets belonging to it were bought by Cutheard, Bishop of Durham between 900 and 915, and Bishop Walcher was granted royal rights by William the Conqueror. The breed didn’t get it’s current name until 1825, and it’s said that some Bedlington Terriers have pedigrees that can be traced back as far as 1782. In fact, the first dog show that offered a class for Bedlington Terriers was held in 1870 in the town of (wait for it) Bedlington! Bedlington is mighty proud of its native son, so to speak. It has a North League Soccer team that is called The Terriers, and the town has even installed park benches in the form of Bedlington Terriers: A photo of one of these benches also graces the West Bedlington Town Council’s Facebook page. On Front Street West in Bedlington is the current Red Lion Inn that was (re)built in 1902 as a replacement for the inn of the same name which stood on the same site. Outside the pub is another bench inspired by the Bedlington Terrier: Inside the pub is a wire sculpture by Gary Tiplady, an artist and local celebrity who, at 7’3” tall, made use of his large hands to bend and shape sheets of wire into life-like animals like the Bedlington piece named, “Give a Dog a Bone.” Not every owner can manage to have their own Bedlington Terrier park bench, but Spoonflower, the fabulous textile marketplace, makes it easy for you to have anything fabric related in the breed: Now there’s no excuse not to have your curtains, party frock, bow tie, or dog cushions reflect your affection for the breed! This entry was posted in Bedlington Terrier and tagged Bedlington Terrier, fabric, park bench.
  4. this is the dry food she is eating in the morning: https://www.petstock.com.au/product/dog/royal-canin-veterinary-urinary-s-o-dry-dog-food/58497 and a list of the ingredients, as you see they are pretty crappy, no wonder her skin is going black...an awful amount of corn, fillers and sodium to make her wee more often therefore drinking more to flush the kidneys Rice, maize flour, animal fats, dehydrated poultry meat, maize gluten, minerals, hydrolysed animal proteins, vegetable fibres, soya oil, fish oil, fructo-oligo-saccharides, marigold extract (source of lutein). ADDITIVES (per kg): Nutritional additives: Vitamin A: 16200 IU, Vitamin D3: 1000 IU, E1 (I ron): 52 mg, E2 (Iodine): 5.2 mg, E4 (Copper): 10 mg, E5 (Manganese): 67 mg, E6 (Zinc): 202 mg, E8 ( Selenium): 0.08 mg - Preservatives - Antioxidants. ANALYTICAL CONSTITUENTS: Protein: 18% - Fat conte nt: 17% - Crude ash: 6.6% - Crude fibres: 2.3% - Calcium: 0.5% - Phosphorus: 0.5% - Sodium: 1.2% - Chloride: 2.21% - Potassium: 0.8% - Magnesium: 0.05% - Sulphur: 0.3% - Urine acidifying substances: calcium sulphate (0.55%), DL-methionine. If I can't find a low magnesium kibble I will just feed her chicken and VAN Complete mix, I am feeding kibble in the morning so she can have some vitamins and minerals that she may miss out on if fed just chicken and VAN and it's more of a convenience as mornings are busy.
  5. I am going to take her off the Royal Canin and see if the blackness on her skin clears up, she can have chicken and VAN, golden paste, cranberry powder and vitamins instead.
  6. I checked and they appear to have it just for cats, perhaps I'll try the Hills though I'm not too sure if it's all it's cracked up to be, it appears, from some comments I read a while back by Dolers, to make the dog drink more which flushes out the kidneys, seems a odd thing to do. I'll have a look at the sodium content later on today
  7. My dog is fed Royal Canin Veterinary Urinary S/O Dry Dog Food at breakfast time, for tea-time she gets raw chicken (chopped up drumstick or wings and 1/4 frame) with Vets All Natural Complete Mix Adult Senior mixed in. She did have bladder stones/struvite crystals (that's why the Urinary S/O) and suffers from some itchiness on her haunches; she licks them and her bum as well, her anal glands were expressed but she still licks. After her struvite crystals diagnosis and treatment there have been none detected in her urine. She was on Niralone to see if it helped her licking/itchy problem which it did, but her vet took her off those tablets as the skin on her back is becoming dark and there was hair loss, she stopped her licking for around one week but then started again after discontinuing them, we have been trying 1/4 Apoquel morning and night for two weeks then gradually cutting the dosage back, not so much licking now but her skin is still blackish, though only on her back...her tummy, chest, head and legs are nice and pink. I thought she may be extra-sensitive to the Canin Veterinary Urinary and wondered if there is an alternative. She must be kept on a low low low magnesium diet as we want to prevent struvite crystals forming again. Any suggestions will be very helpful
  8. Introducing.... Bolt!

    Happy Birthday for next week Miss Bolt. As Perse says...I hope you get cake and perhaps find a birthday rat somewhere Maybe mummy will post all your birthday piccies though I'm sure you won't look as lovely as you are in today's pic
  9. Polly’s passing

    I often remember my Penny and Daisy and Saffy who passed some years back, it still tears my heart, sometime with awful sadness and some time with fun...like remembering Penny stealing an egg out of the carton in the shopping bag and trundling off with it to eat later or killing a rat with her one canine. Keep the sad and good memories Pollywaffle and stuff those morons that think there is a time limit
  10. Tacrolimus 0.02% eye drops

    Hi @Sore Eyes if you are still around...Heather Campbell (above) wants some info please
  11. can you pop him in his crate and slide the feeder-bowl-part of an automatic feeder under the wire (if there's a space to do this) something similar to this https://petlifetoday.com/best-automatic-dog-feeders/ this one may do the job as it's voice activated, you may have to hunt for a similar voice activated one as the postage is horrendous---> feeder link maybe you will need to buy a crate with a slot at the bottom though this one also may be a plan https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/product/dog/dog-feeding-supplies/petsafe-smart-feed-automatic-dog-and-cat-feeder#
  12. this was on the Westie page https://medium.com/@danielschulof_18279/bad-science-and-big-business-are-behind-the-biggest-pet-food-story-in-a-decade-5cdafae7be77
  13. Jasper

    I am sorry Rozzie. You are correct with the your epitaph... "He was a good boy" That says it all. My condolences, B
  14. Polly’s passing

    I am so sorry Rebecca. I found that writing here does help and the words do come easily even though there are frequent stops to wipe away tears. As you know we all understand what you are feeling. B xxx