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  1. Vets and lack of knowledge

    Several years ago, when Benson, a mini schnauzer had just gotten over a bout of pancreatitis and my vet suggested Hills diet even though she knew I raw fed. I was walking past a vet surgery with him and entered on the pretence I wanted to weigh him with the vet nurse's blessing and then got into a conversation regarding the commercial foods for pancreatic dogs. I mentioned that I was strongly resisting commercial as against fresh raw feeding. Out pops the vet from the back room and questions me, (with hands on hips). Do you want your dog to die? He was told in no uncertain manner what a stupid question he just asked. I contacted a holistic vet having resigned myself to the fact that if it had to be commercial food, then so be it. This new vet, bless her, modified his existing raw diet and Benson went on to live another 6 years. Just goes to show, that even some vets don't know the real answers and perhaps don't want to as there is money to be made. Coincidentally I with the blessing of my vet, I don't vaccinate beyond puppy shots, but do have them titred every 2 years. Jasper who has now gone to the bridge still had immunity up until he passed.
  2. Just curious

    This is a question that I am curious about. I have often seen breeders advertise their puppies for sale as limited registration, which means they are to be purchased as a family pet. Why then are in some cases, the female puppies more expensive than the male puppies?
  3. Just curious

    Didn't think of that. Our family has always gone for the male pups
  4. Dog owners urged to keep dogs on lead following attack

    Even though I have miniature schnauzers, they are not 'allowed' to get away with bad behaviour just because of their size. It's absolutely not an excuse. In my life time, I have had many different breeds, starting as a child, pekingese up to great danes at different times. Now I suppose I have downsized. I find it abhorrent that owners of small breed dogs think it cute or funny when their dogs go for it.The owner of the small dog in question has a lot to answer for. Because of this behaviour, there are now two dogs dead. I hope that if in the future, they have another dog they will they have learnt a lesson, even though it was the hard way.
  5. Expose into Dog Food on The 7.30 Report

    My philosophy is and I often ask canned and dry food feeders if they would like to have processed food day in and day out. Raw, fresh and natural in my house for fur and human residents.
  6. Can I lock a dog in a small room?

    But, just by asking, it means that you are thinking about the possibility of yet another 'experiment' that is doomed to fail.
  7. Oscar

    I'm so sorry to hear of Oscar's passing. It's hard to let go but at least with our beloved animals we have the right to make this choice even though it still hurts like hell. Be assured you did the most compassionate act of love for your boy. RIP Oscar.
  8. Stolen puppies

    Saw on the TV news and in the paper that a pet shop was broken into and 4 Cockapoo puppies worth tens of thousands of dollars, were stolen from a Camberwell pet shop in Melbourne. Some were 9 weeks old and some were 7 weeks old. It was stated in the newspaper that being so young, the puppies needed constant care. It seems not because it appears they were in their glass enclosure for the night. Would the store owner be held responsible or the so called breeder for having 7 week old puppies for sale? I would hope that both parties be investigated and perhaps prosecuted.
  9. Stolen puppies

    Puppies found in Glen Iris this morning. A man around 40 is being questioned
  10. Stolen puppies

    Shouldn't they still be with mum?
  11. Stolen puppies

    A friend of mine is looking to buy an oodle and let me tell you, the puppies she's looking at are priced higher than my mini schnauzer from a well known reputable breeder. Go figure.
  12. does anyone know

    My older mini schnauzer Elliot who is 6 has started standing still and looking up at the ceiling for no apparent reason. On another doggy forum, another mini schnauzer was doing this and a comment was that it was a type of epilepsy. I will be going to the vet with Elliot, but in the meantime can anyone enlighten me? He has at times, become 'snappy' with his puppy housemate but no damage has been done. This is probably due to the pup being in his face. Other than that, he is happy to go to the park and is eating and drinking asusual. I lost another boy in November at 10 yrs and frankly it has me scared to the core.
  13. does anyone know

    I I'm glad to report that Elliot is much improved. They eye medication which he needs until tomorrow seems to have cleared his eye and it looks like this was the cause of his pain. He's back to his old self, rumbling and tumbling with the pup and has stopped the 'star gazing'. It's all good.
  14. Gilly is 21 today!!!!!!

    What an amazing innings. Happy birthday Gilly and hats off to you Gillybob for a job more than well done
  15. does anyone know

    Elliot was at the vet this morning and he has an eye infection for which she prescribed medication and she found that he had a 'stiff' back for which he had acupuncture. I think he was reacting to the pup because of the pain. Hopefully he will be back to normal very soon.
  16. What should I pay, German Shepherd pup?

    Most mini schnauzers do advertise the price.
  17. Staffy pup annoying older dog

    Honestly, I don't know why you took the path that you did. We bought in a new puppy about 7 weeks ago and the resident dog at first imagined the pup was here for a play date. All went beautifully. Next morning resident boy Elliot basically said to newcomer, Leroy 'what, are you still here?' They would play for about 5 minutes and Elliot cool off the play ignore Leroy and warn him if he got in his face. Move on a week and all is love and mostly serenity. Leroy, the pup was taught manners among other things and that's the way it should be. As Juice said, you have now allowed your pup to claim his place and he believes his is higher on the ladder. As Perse mentioned a good training set up is what is needed now, and personally, I wouldn't delay as your Daxy is the one who is going to suffer.
  18. Puppy doing strange things

    Just wondering if the aggression could be a neurological problem. I do hope there is an answer and all goes well for your little one.
  19. What to do

    We have a new puppy Leroy, to keep Elliot company after we lost Jasper. They get on beautifully but today I noticed that the stuffed toy I bought for Leroy to cuddle into and sleep with in his crate at night is in Elliot's sights and he is guarding this toy and keeping Leroy away, even though there are many toys around the house. Leroy loves this toy too and trying to prevent world war 3, I took it away from them. Advice please.
  20. What to do

    Only Leroy is in a crate until he can be trusted at night and while we are out during the day. Elliot has the run of the house, day and night. Today, it seems there is not problem with this toy mainly because they have so many to choose from. Hopefully it will continue this way as yesterday was the first time this 'problem' occurred.
  21. Specialist Vet - Sydney

    I have just gotten a puppy to accompany an older dog and yes, even one is 'hard work' and I wouldn't get two puppies at the same time, but that's me. I must say I admire someone who can cope with two and maybe it's my age and I'm not up to it. Sometimes, I wonder why the hell I got one lol. Needless to say, my puppy is gorgeous and he is brightening up our lives resident dog included with his baby antics and I wouldn't have it any other way. Puppyhood is over and done with in a blink of the eye.
  22. Specialist Vet - Sydney

    I'm sure it was meant as a light hearted throw away quote
  23. Getting papers for adopted dog

    The OP also says the pair are in love. I would imagine that any bitch on heat will lead to the pair being in love. Not trying to be nit pickcing but fact of life.
  24. Attention German Shepherd Breeders

    I am not a breeder or associated in any way with German Shepherds. My choice of breed is the Miniature Schnauzer. Many years ago, my family's first mini cost us $800, and at the time, we thought wow, that's a lot of money. Several years later our next boy was $1250. At the present time, they are anywhere from $2500 - $3500 for a pet. Even with such a price tag, I would NEVER consider going to a backyardie as you put it. The dedicated breeder I imagine goes to a great deal of trouble with health checks and research in an attempt to better the breed, not just put this to that for monetary gain. In the long run, I personally don't think it's worth trying to save at the purchase stage and then possibly get lumbered with medical vet bills later on, not to say that it doesn't happen with registered breeder purchased pups. At least with the registered breeder, you have someone to lean on for help, advice and support.
  25. We say goodbye tomorrow

    I'm also sending you and your family big hugs. Even though Claudia is so young, it's the quality, not the quantity and I'm sure in your heart you know, you are doing the best thing for your little girl. It's always a hard decision but rest assured, she is going to a better place to be free of her demons. Take care and know we are all thinking of you.