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  1. Justrace - my clinic has a kitten adoption program and used to give them a 'desexing voucher' for them to bring the kittens back at 6 months - included in the adoption price. More often than not they didn't come back, or came back pregnant or with a bunch of kittens. We now desex before they go to their new homes.
  2. Veterinary Nursing Text Books

    Agree with BSAVA books being good - I use some of them (especially the exotics manual) at work.
  3. Tracheal Collapse

    She has multiple problems but mainly we're managing hers with harness (no collars) and weight loss. Her other problems don't really make medication viable for her unfortunately, but luckily it's not as bad as it could be - only when she gets over excited or stressed.
  4. Tracheal Collapse

    From my research the stenting surgeries are complex and have a pretty high complication rate - my parents mini schnauzer has a collapsing trachea and we're just managing it medically unfortunately. Re not being able to hear the valves, I'd think the vet was trying to listen to his heart and hear for murmurs etc - but the coughing and honking probably meant they weren't able to hear it. Harsh breathing is enough to drown out the sound of the heart. Sorry to hear of the diagnosis - that sucks.
  5. No words, just hugs. RIP Buddy - loved forever
  6. Buying Vaccines Online

    A physical exam is more than just a TPR - it's looking for things that the majority of nurses would not be able to pick up. Murmurs, lumps, lamenesses etc. I am a (newly graduated) vet and will be getting one of my colleagues to look at my dogs at least once a year because they are likely to pick up things that have come up gradually (a friend picked up a lump I hadn't noticed already!) so I think having an independent physical is very very important. Not only that but vaccine consults don't usually charge for the consultation so you're actually saving the consult fee. I say shop around but don't do it yourself.
  7. Found A Grass Seed In Cindys Eye! :(

    I'd be very careful about putting anything in eyes that aren't prescribed for that specific condition - eyes can go badly very very quickly. You especially have to make sure that there are no steroids put on ulcers. I would watch the eye very closely and at any sign of pain (holding eye closed/partially closed) or strange discharge I'd go to the vet.
  8. Tplo And Staph Infection

    Been in this position before no... in the industry - almost. I'm not talking about facts - I'm talking about the steps that are taken by the majority of vet surgeries when conducting surgeries. If these hadn't been taken I would think you have a case for negligence - and taking them to court, as well as informing the Vet Surgeons Board. Simply putting it out there that complications happen that don't neccessarily involve negilgence. Your situation might, I have no idea but it could all be horrible luck for you and your dog. Good luck to your dog.
  9. Tplo And Staph Infection

    I'm sorry for the complications that have come about with this surgery and generally with your poor newfie, but I have to defend the vet for a second: their attitude may not have been the best, but it is highly likely that the Staph actually came from your dogs skin (or possibly from someone in the room). The surgeons should have been scrubbed, gowned, gloved and masked to prevent contamination from them. The surgery should have been clean to prevent contamination from previous surgeries. Many vets will do orthopaedic surgeries first too so that they don't have a chance to be contaminated by 'dirtier' surgeries. Finally, your dog would have been prepared aseptically as is standard - but missing even one cell could have been enough for the infection to seed. In addition, implants breaking happens sometimes. I guess what I'm saying is that I believe this is probably due to bad luck more than anything - I think the vet in question should have been more sympathetic to your situation, however complications are possible with all surgeries and I don't know of any vets who cover the costs for semi-predictable complications - outright mistakes (which it doesn't sound like to me) is a different story...
  10. What Happened To The Cheaper Pp40s?

    Last I knew Petbarn had 2 'homebrand' crates (not sure of the exact dimensions) for about $50 and $90 for the larger one.... ask for' Osi' pet carriers/crates etc
  11. Ocd And Self Harming Behaviours

    Gosh YG - that's so scary - are you going to the police?
  12. Ocd And Self Harming Behaviours

    YG - there are other drugs that work differently to Clomicalm and may have a better effect - I'd second the recommendation of a veterinary behaviourist, or a vet with an interest in behaviour. ETA: from some quick research into my lecture notes and the veterinary forum we have access to fluoxetine (prozac) seems to be popular for OCD type behaviour - maybe you could trial it? The other thing to consider (I'm sure you have) is that maybe she has some arthritis in her lower limbs - although from what you've said this does seem more behavioural - worth thinking about though! Good luck :)
  13. Pooch To 5k

    Well done Zug Zug - I'm on my 3rd attempt of the couch to 5k - after several sprained ankles... both my boys come with me and love it!
  14. Arthritis Diagnosis

    X-rays will show arthritis - ultrasound won't... it only shows soft tissue structures. Radiographs will show bony changes associated with arthritis, however these changes take time - if it is a recent injury it might not show on xray yet. The other thing about arthritis is that it doesn't necessarily represent how painful the dogs is. E.g I've seen dogs with horrible hips on xray be almost sound at a walk, and conversely dogs with very mild changes on xray who are so lame they can barely walk... Ideally you'd get a GA, especially for spinal films, but depending on the dog they might be able to do it sedated, especially if he's a sensitive boy. However - if you want his hips done, they have to stretch them into weird positions, so I'd probably go for a GA if I had the option.
  15. Opinions Please

    I was just going to suggest fungal.... haven't seen anything like it before though... Is he on any other medications eg prednisolone?