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  1. 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
  2. I expect the vets will be looking for the progesterone drop that signals labour is about to happen, so daily testing is advisable
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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)
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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/
  13. 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
  14. Osteosarcoma - what to do?

    I had a young dog, 3 or 4, who had bone cancer in a back leg. Didn’t do any tests past the X-ray, she was put straight onto pain relief. Unfortunately she only had about 3 weeks with good quality of life and was then PTS. In hindsight, I wish I’d spoilt her for a special day and made the decision to put her to sleep before she had bad days. I’ve sadly said goodbye to 2 very old dogs in the last 12 months and I try to look at it this way - they had blessed, long, happy lives and they were put to sleep before either of them had more than a few bad days. They both could have gone on longer - but to what avail? I know they aren’t thinking “she’s a terrible owner, she made the decision to end our lives when we could have gone on for 3 more weeks” I miss them immensely but I feel no bad feelings about the decision to say goodbye. 3 months ago I lost a young dog to bloat and I am still wracked with guilt and sleepless nights over the thought that she suffered. Its the hardest thing to have to do, but please make the decision to say goodbye to your beloved dog before things get too rough for him.
  15. Letter and number tattoos

    The German Shepherd club used to tattoo pedigree pups in the right ear with 3 letters and 3 numbers (together) The 3 letters identified the breeder and the numbers for the puppy. My prefix was BNG and Frankie pictured is the 77th puppy tattooed from my kennel. The GSD club kept a database so dogs could always be traced back to their breeder. Unfortunately the RSPCA put a stop to this a couple of years ago. Not something I’ve heard of in mixed breed dogs though!
  16. Hips

    Lavelle is still a popular choice amongst GSD people
  17. It’s important to note it can be much, much quicker to get to the point of no return than this video depicts - don’t think you’ve got time to stand around wondering, get in the car and get to the vet (I understand in this video those around didn’t know what was happening, but for those playing at home you DO NOT have time to wait)
  18. RSPCA put an end to ear tattooing a few years ago unfortunately
  19. Dogs are sentient beings

    I heard one of the animal lib representatives use this phrase on telly and it’s really stuck with me (because it’s such bullshit, not because it’s deep & thought provoking) In the past 6 months I’ve had my 2 very old dogs put to sleep. Did they want to die? I’d say no, though I didn’t ask them. Once, I put a dog to sleep for behavioural reasons, she definitely didn’t want to die - she was young and healthy. Is there ever an animal who wants to die? We, the humans, get to make the call and get to make it humane for their best interests. My animals definitely passed away humanely, despite any protests about it anyone not involved in their situation could imagine they had. I wonder if you’ll remember those words to yourself when it comes time for you to say goodbye to your pets?
  20. Breeder Take Backs

    Puppies change so much week to week before they go to their new homes, I can’t understand why a breeder would allow someone to choose from a photo at 5 weeks anyway. I tell my buyers when they visit not to get their heart set on the first puppy that runs to them or the one that sits on their foot because I spend hours and hours with the pups before they leave for their new homes and there’s no way you can get that insight into their personalities in a visit or 2. Once you get your puppy home, the others turn into a distant memory anyway. Good luck
  21. Vets and lack of knowledge

    This topic is one that resonates with me after experiences in recent months with 2 of my elderly GSDs, one 12.5 and one 14.5 years old. Both on different occasions with different vets and different health concerns were inaccurately diagnosed mainly because the vets couldn’t get past the idea that their issues with due to arthritis/bad hips. Yes, they both have arthritis to some degree but both also were hip scored in their youth and have good mobility for elderly dogs. The older dog actually ended up hospitalised for 4 days with a huge temperature/infection when I took her to my own vet for a second opinion later in the day after the local vet said she had arthritis and suggested I have her put to sleep (and failed to take her temperature) Thankfukly she’s home and well again now Its so hard to find a vet that you can trust
  22. Zoe our GSD

    Sorry you had to say goodbye to your furry friends - thinking of you xx
  23. Vet fees.

    The key is to find a vet you trust, then you can be confident the bill at the end of the day is justified. I do agree it isn’t easy, and the trial and error can cost both your pocket and pet. I travel 2 hours to see my trusted vet for this reason and he’s never let me down Hopefully someone will be able to recommend a good vet near you
  24. My 2 Oldies

    I’ve got a couple of elderly GSDs and whilst I know how lucky I am to have had them in good health into their old age, sometimes seeing them declining is hard. Chili is 14 and a half this weekend. She’s bright, happy and always hungry! Last year she started having difficulty with her back end, dragging feet and stumbling a bit and was diagnosed with (I think) lumbar-sacral instability, which is a degeneration of her spine. She’s had good improvement with cortisone and at the start of this year I was able to half her dose, but she got a bit wobbly again recently so is back on 2 a day. She has fish oil and omega oils, but no other medication so far. My vet said we can try rimadyl and other such things if need be. She’s very bright in her mind and her body lets her down a little bit - she’d love to play fetch and chase the young dogs Checa is almost 12 and a half, very sound for her age and up until a fortnight ago had no health complaints. I noticed she seemed to be bracing when I was out with her one day, and she lost her balance and toppled over the same afternoon. She was well in herself and still hungry - didn’t look like vestibular to me. The local vet was little help, said it was her hips due to her age despite it not matching her symptoms. My vet says it’s something CNS affecting her perception, possibly brain inflammation/trauma/tumour. She’s a few days into a course of cortisone to try to reduce inflammation. I thought she was a bit better the last few days but today she toppled over and lay there as though she wasn’t sure what was going on. After a bit she got up and wagged her tail and seemed to get on with life again. I don’t want to put her through any suffering for only a bit more time, but feel she’s still happy enough to see if the cortisone helps Why does time have to fly with our beloved pets?
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