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  1. time between collections

    Ask the vet?
  2. Sorry to see your sad news. Don’t beat yourself up, unfortunately these things happen and an ultrasound was no guarantee hugs to you & Lola
  3. I expect the vets will be looking for the progesterone drop that signals labour is about to happen, so daily testing is advisable
  4. What to feed puppies

    They can go straight on to mushed up, watered down mince or soaked dry. Lots of the specialty puppy dry foods soak very easily into mush that the puppies can lap. I hand feed size appropriate beef mince meatballs from about 3 weeks - you’ll be surprised how well they’re able to cope with food at a young age
  5. The progesterone checks are important when you prepare for a caesar because that’s how the mothers body gets everything ready to whelping, for herself and the puppy. If you do a caesar without the right timing, the puppy will be at risk and the bitch may not accept things (always a very real risk with a first time mum and caesar) Where are you based? It sounds like you might need a breeding vet recommendation. Prog tests can be as little as $50 each time and if you can get there early, it may be possible for a nurse to take the blood so you can get to work on time. The ultrasound seems a bit excessive. You’ll obviously need to be ready & prepared to leave if the time is right.
  6. How old is the dog currently? It’s really hard to say, it may never cause him an issue if he’s sound now - or it may. I have a 3 year old bitch with UAP in one elbow, who’s sound as a bell and my vet talked me out of surgery for her until/unless it becomes a problem. She does all the usual dog things. Jumping in the higher obedience levels would be the only thing I’d be iffy about, but there’s loads of supplements you could try too
  7. Working lines vs show lines

    In GSD specialty showing, to compete in the open class and be eligible for Excellent (the top) gradings and medals, there is a requirement for both a hip and elbow pass under the GSDCA scheme as well as breed survey, which is an assessment of breed worth including a very basic temperament test. Ive been involved in show line GSD for 20 years, and in the last 12 months have added 2 working line dogs to my family. They’re fantastic dogs and I couldn’t be happier with them, but I’ve also owned some terrific show line dogs. A good dog is a good dog. There’s people breeding good and bad in both directions.
  8. If I was going to consider the second option, I would want to know the elbow scores of a few generations behind the sire AND if he had any offspring with elbow scores. Generally speaking, elbow issues are more often clinical than hip issues - for example a great number of dogs with less than ideal hips don’t show symptoms where as most dogs with elbow issues suffer from it (there are exceptions to this of course, I have a dog with UAP in one elbow who is totally sound for now)
  9. I agree with this, found out the hard way when my older corgi boy, who’d been having a weekly beef bone to chew on for many years, developed a blockage and was unable to be saved. A hard lesson. I’ve stuck with the softer bones like briskets and lamb flaps etc with the older dogs and a lot more caution. Glad your dog is feeling better Snook
  10. Greyhounds

    Not greyhound specific advice - but RC endurance is a very high fat food for active dogs. There’s absolutely no way you’d need to feed 5-7 cups per meal for a pet greyhound My GSDs get about a cup each, with some raw bits & pieces. Dogs who aren’t busy get very fat very quickly on this food. Thats all Your excitement for your new dog is lovely to see. Good luck with it all
  11. It helps me, when I’m in that awful position of wondering if it’s time, to remember that’s it’s not hard on them, only hard on ourselves. For them, they don’t regret not having one more day - they only know they’ve had years of happy days with us. It’s not what may still be ahead that matters for them, they can’t think like that. Making the decision before their quality of life gets to the point of being questionable will cause you more peace in the long run, even though you may question yourself at the time.
  12. Puppy Blues? Is that crazy?

    I think you’ll find it’s pretty common. As a breeder, I’ve had plenty of emails and phone calls in the first month of people taking their new puppies home with feelings of anxiety and worry - especially from those who like you, haven’t had a puppy before or who have gone from a sensible old dog to a new puppy. Things will only improve with time as he grows. Try to put things in place that can help you for when you’re feeling overwhelmed (can you send him to day care once a week, or get a dog walker to visit etc) and be happy knowing he is happy with you. Try to enjoy the short time he’s a puppy, it’ll be gone before you know it.
  13. Limited Slip Padded Collars

    There’s a lady who has a stand at some dog shows who makes great ones, including padded polar fleece. I had her card on the fridge for ages but of course now i can’t find it oh my sister remembered - lucky! https://m.facebook.com/Handmade-for-Hounds-by-Ally-1407832612669976/
  14. Getting dog to play

    You could try one of the big hard plastic balls like a kazoo roll a ball or Aussie dog enduro ball - dogs seem to be all or nothing about them though. If they like them, they smack them and push them around, tunnel them between their legs, dig on top of them etc because they can’t pick them up with their mouths. They’re best with a bit of space to play. My dogs go crazy for them and they’re exhausted after a good session because it’s an all body workout
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