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  1. Cut what you are feeding him now to at least half. And stop any treats. Chi's are small dogs with small stomachs, they don't need a lot of food. I look after my MIL dogs who are at least double their ideal weight. They should be around 5kg but generally are 10kg, both are showing early signs of arthritis and joint issues and they're still rather young. When they stay with me they get the following for the day: 1 med or 1.5 small chicken necks in the morning. Mainly to help with their teeth and to stop them bugging the sh?t out of me. 150g-200g of 50/50 lean roo meat and mashed pumpkin for dinner. No treats. If they don't eat it, it gets taken away and they get nothing until the next meal. They lost 3kgs each when they were here for 3 weeks last time and that was with minimal exercise on my behalf. Unfortunately the MIL cannot keep it up and they always end up back on they usual bone biscuits, schmackos, at lib kibble and those little meatball things when they go home and their weight balloons back to 10kg. YOU are the only one who can get your dog to lose the excess weight and you need to stick by it for the sake of your dog's health. You need to ignore those whines and puppy dog eyes trying to tell you he's hungry. And you need to be 100% dedicated to getting him to lose the weight. I'd be careful if you are exercising him 2ks a day. That is extremely stressful on his already weight stressed joints. My advice would be to swim him instead, less stress on the joints and burns more calories. Pretty sure I saw in your other thread you live in Mildura, so swimming him in the river would be a easy thing for you. Good luck with his weight loss.
  2. Yes smoking is a form of cooking, and IMO so is dehydrating [my food dehydrator does meat and it's heated to 55 degrees for 6-10 hours]. Both would change the structure of the bone and make it more brittle. I also agree with SSM, I do worry about where they are processed. The amount of chemicals ending up in human grade food from China is incredible, god knows what is in pet food as I doubt it is as readily controlled!
  3. If you can get your hands on them, turkey necks are a great substitute for chicken necks. They're much larger so less of a chance of being gulped down. I'd also put him on a puppy dry food rather than an adult. I have a 8/9month old GSDX here at the moment still on puppy dry.
  4. What a weird diet and so much effort involved preparing it. Just remember a diet can be made up of natural ingredients but not be natural for the animal its being fed to.
  5. It's normally referred to as mammary tumours/cancer. Most can be removed with relative ease, as long as its still rather small and hasn't spread.
  6. Just remember this is a PURE BREED forum. Whilst some members do own crossbreeds [often from rescues], the point of this forum is to advocate pure bred dogs.
  7. And, I have to say, one I really don't understand. Feral pigs are a huge problem in this country. I don't hold with a bunch of yobs in a ute with half trained dogs and a few cartons of beer going after them but well trained professional hunting dogs.. go for it I say. I've seen it done (on telly) and its quick and clean if the hunter knows their job. Its a lot more humane than intensive pig farming, that's for sure. I guess a lot of people just don't get it. They don't see the damage they do first hand, all they see is the people hunting them and taking photos of their kills. I've heard stories of some boars taking multiple bullets in the head [well aimed ones too] to down the bugger!
  8. Whilst I don't agree with her opinion and her idea probably is best in theory, wasn't there a case in Europe where a breeder bred a pointer and dally together to try to eliminate the uric acid (?) issue found in nearly all dally lines? And it worked, and a few generations down, even specialty dally judges couldn't tell them apart?
  9. Another for aldgate vet. They're decently priced for a small clinic.
  10. No. Dogs that were bred would have needed to be registered with the relevant canine council/ankc for any offspring to be registered. There is no way to get a dog of dubious pedigree registered as a purebred. Jo bloggs should have thought about that before buying a byb dog.
  11. And asking permission of the holder of Dogzonline is not a negative. You don't just decide to fundraise/donate under someone else's business name without asking permission.
  12. Yeah, the strobing is caused by the auto-focus trying to focus and not having enough natural light to do so. The strobing allows enough light to focus.
  13. Like everyone else has said, never too late! I started clicker training with mine at ages 4 and 5 There are lots of really helpful clicker training videos on youtube with some on specific commands/tricks.
  14. Yes, as long as it wasn't green, really slimy, harbouring bugs or a gag worthy smell.
  15. I probably use my Sigma 18-250 most, as I tend to have that on when going on trips just incase we see something out the window to snap quickly. At the moment though it's my 10-20mm because it's my new toy!
  16. I do have to wonder how in focus the focus will be? Surely you would lose some of that sharpness you get when manually focusing the camera?
  17. I'm hoping to upgrade in the next 12-18 months. But to what is still undecided. I'm leaning towards the 7D, whereas OH is leaning toward a 5D MII.
  18. Kirislin: Canon 7D, 50mm 1.4, 100mm 2.8 Macro, 70-200mm 2.8L IS Bellatrix: Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm 1.4 (and the 1.8), 24-70mm 2.8L, 100mm 2.8 Macro, Speedlite 580EX II JS: Canon 1000D, kit 18mm-55mm & 55mm-250mm, 50mm 1.8, Speedlite 580EX II SchnuzaeryBoy: Nikon D80, Nikon D700, 50 1.8, 18-50 2.8, 28-80 3.5-4, 24-70 2.8, 70-200 2.8, SB-400, SB-900, 1.4x TC, 2x TC Becandcharch: Canon 40D, 50mm 1.4, Speedlite 580EX II and a kit lens I dont even know what it is as I never use it! persephone :point&shootonly here Fuji finepixS8000sfd and a sony cybershot DSCN1 Ellz: P&S only here too: Olympus SP600UZ and Sony Cybershot DSC-S650 MavericksMission: Canon 450D, 18-55mm & 55-250mm Evolving: Canon 500D, 50mm 1.8, 18-55mm & 55-250mm Mish13 : Sony A850, KZ F2.4 24-70, F3.5,90mm F2.8,11-18mm F4.5,18-250mm F3.5, 75-300mm F4.5, 50mm 1.8 (Bellatrix, you have my dream camera) CrazyCresties: Lumix TZ65 and my Canon (which is still in storage for another month!) 350D 18-55mm kit lens, 70-300mm and 500mm Tamron mirror lens (about 20yrs old from my old Minolta but works with an adaptor!) Belgian.blue: Canon 550D 18-55mm & 55-250mm .. very soon a 50mm 1.8 and a Sony Cybershot P&S eta: Just purchased a 50mm 1.8 and a Lowepro Versapack 200 AW biggrin.gif Fattima: Nikon D90, kit 18-55mm & 55-200mm Clover: Nikon D40x, kit 18 - 55mm, 55 - 200mm & nikkor 70 - 300mm. MTD : Sony A350 , 55-200mm, 18mm-70mm , 50mm 1.8 SammieS: Canon 7D, 18-200mm but I think I also want a 50mm soon! DMA: Olympus E-30, Olympus E-420, Zuiko: 14-42mm, 12-60mm SWD, 18-180mm, 70-300mm; Sigma: 24mm, 30mm, Olympus EX-25; Canon PowerShoot A590; Canon AE-1, 28-70mm, 85-200mm Ripley: Canon 50D; Canon 30D, Canon 300mm f/4 L, Canon 1.4 teleconverter (don't need to use it though), Canon 50mm 1.8 (I hardly use this lens either), Sigma 17-70, Sigma 10-20, 2 ND grad filters, a newish Fuji pocket digital + underwater housing which I am going to sell soon and a Canon DSLR film camera that I probably won't use again. Linda K - Canon 5dII, 24-70L, 85 1.8, 50 1.4, 135L, 16-35L & Nikon D700 50 1.4G TerraNik: Canon 40D, 50mm 1.4, a couple of kit lenses that I rarely use, Speedlite 580EX II Tlc: Nikon D80, 50mm 1.8, kit lense 18 - 135, speedlight. Panasonic fz50, nikon coolpix P&S RottnBullies: Canon 40D, 50mm 1.8 ValleyCBR: Olympus e420, Zuiko: 14-42mm and Zuiko 40-150mm LucyCharzie: Canon 1000D, 18-55mm, 50mm 1.8 Ravyk: Canon 550D, 50mm 1.4, 60mm 2.8 macro, Sigma 18-250mm, Sigma 10-20mm, Panasonic Lumix FT3 [waterproof] Firestone: Canon 450D, (I love) and today I laybyed the Canon 50mm 1.4 can hardly wait CareyJ: Canon 450D, 18-55mm, 55-250mm, Lowepro camera bag, Sony Cyber-Shot DSCTX p&s Poocow - Canon 350D (need an upgrade!), kit lenses, 50mm 1.8, 70-200mm. Next purchase will be a Speedlite. ~*Shell*~ - Canon 5D Mark II, Battery Grip, 50mm 1.4, 50mm 1.8, 70-200mm 2.8L, 530EX II Speedlite, Canon IXUS80IS, Canon IXUS210IS Tibbiemax - Canon 50D, 18 - 200mm, 50mm 1.4, need more stuff!! MrRedDog -Canon Eos 7D, Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II, Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 Di II LD, Tamron AF 28-300mm f3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Plus a few other bits and pieces: bag, filters and stuff (now it's play time) DogSportObsessed: Canon 1000D, 18-55 mm, 75-300 mm (only just got it last week ) Smisch: Nikon D3000 18-55mm 55-200mm & limited use of a D50 (I seem to be the only one who actually likes the D3000 camera..) Lic_82 - Sony A200, 50mm 1.8, 75 - 300mm, 18 - 70mm... Canon 40D, 55 - 250mm, 18-55mm ( i think lol I havent got it yet) plus hopefully will have a 50mm 1.8 for the 40D soon smile.gif Misha&MIlo - Konica Minolta DYNAX 5D 18-70mm, 75-300mm with a few uv lenses. Fuji finepix S2000 point and shoot Sony Cybershot DSC-TX5 waterproof camera tdierikx - Canon 450D, 18-55mm IS, 55-250mm IS - and backup is a Canon Powershot S5 P&S (12x zoom equivalent to around 400mm apparently) kja - Canon 40D & 1DIII bodies w/ Canon 17-55 2.8 IS, Canon 50 1.4, Canon 85 1.8, Canon 70-200 2.8 IS, Canon 60 & 100 macros, Canon 135L 2.0, Canon 10-22, Canon 100-400L IS, Sigma 17-70, Tokina 11-16 2.8, Tokina 10-17... Underwater housing & ports & strobes for the Canon 40D. And my happy baby Canon SD1200 IS for go anywhere; except in the water which is my baby (crappy) Olympus 720SW Complete list coz there's just so much freakin stuff LOL wagsalot - Canon 350D, Canon 7D, Canon 50mm 1.8, Tamron 17-50 2.8 IF, Canon 70-300 4-5.6 IS Cairo1: Canon 7D, 50mm 1.8, 18-105mmL, 70 - 200mmL, 10 - 22mm wide angle Sigma ange - Canon 7D and 450D, 24-70 2.8, Sigma 35mm 1.4, Canon 50mm 1.5 & 1.8, Canon 85mm 1.8, Canon 430ex II, kenko tubes, kit lenses and a few other bits and pieces. MalteseLuna - Nikon D7000, Sigma 18-200 F3.5-6.3, Nikon 50 mm f1.8 (should be arriving any day), Tamron 90 mm Macro (really it is my mom's) - next on my list is a tripod or a flash. Eventingpony - Nikon D7000, 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6, Panasonic Lumix TZ10.
  19. No, unless I am shooting down at a subject, then I sometimes get a toe [or currently my belly!] in.
  20. Here are a few shots from our recent trip to Mt Remarkable and Alligator Gorge.
  21. I'm after some recipes for satin balls. My friend's GSD is currently on antibiotics which has a side effect of anorexia and her owner is worried she is losing too much weight and she can't get any back on her [even feeding her 3x the amount normally given and feeding good quality puppy food!].
  22. Salt or highly salted water will also kill most weeds.
  23. Here is a little visual for you. All these dogs are thin/emaciated due to starving/inadequete nutrition. All these are either cruelty cases or street dogs. Most people look at these with horror and wonder how someone could do this to a dog. You are currently unintentionally doing this to your dog. Your dog will end up looking like these or worse dead, if you do not fix his diet.
  24. I could feed my dog 5kgs of pumpkin a day. Just because he eats 5kgs of it doesn't mean his body isn't being starved of nutrition leading to massive weight loss. Fillers do exactly that, fill you up and give you little to no nutrition for it. Honestly if I had your dog, other than taking it to a good vet to see if there are any underlying diseases, etc. I would be feeding him at lib [leaving a decent amount of good dry food out at all times] to allow the dog to regulate its food and put some weight back on. Once he has reached a better wieght then go back to feeding him a few times a day. I am absolutely horrified at the condition of that dog, especially that it is supposed to be an assistance dog. I am not at all surprised the RSPCA have been around to check him out-I am surprised they didn't take him off of you! If I ever saw someone's dog like that I would report them. You need to wake up to reality, stop make excuses especially ones with are anatomically impossible! There are a number of vets and vet nurses on this site...they know the anatomy of a dog! [Guess where the human stomach is...oh within the ribcage! Fancy that] Your dog is STARVING on the diet it is on. Something NEEDS to change! No one is going to condemn you a bad owner if you listen to the advice given and act accordingly for the dogs benefit. However, denying the obvious and letting your poor dog suffer...
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