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  1. Pet insurance

    I forgot to add - always read the fine print and know what you are covered for.
  2. Pet insurance

    If you are going to get insurance, do it as soon as you get your puppy. Otherwise anything diagnosed before insurance is a pre-existing condition and not covered. We have had a couple of serious health scares where the insurance meant we could cope financially - emergency doggie open heart surgery and diabetic ketoacidosis (different dogs). We could not have put enough money away each month to cover either of the above. So look at it as an emergency life saver not as something you have to get your money’s worth from.
  3. Frantic weed eating

    To much tripe. Should be a treat. Not everyday. Could be pancreatitis. A blood test at the vets will prove it / rule it out.
  4. Pet Adoption research

    User Experience a kind of web developer.
  5. Diabetes

    Max is 7.5 years old. The total lack of appetite was due to the pancreatitis, but he is a fussy eater. He refuses to eat Hills Prescription Diet which is what the vet wants him to eat. It smells disgusting to me, so I can’t blame him. We have discovered he loves kangaroo so fingers crossed... Winston Churchill was quoted as saying “when going through hell, keep going”. So true.
  6. Diabetes

    Zena’s Mum, yes it is hard. We thought he had more bladder stones but it turned out to be diabetes. Diabetes complicates any other disease or illness. He was diagnosed in April and it still isn’t under control. He developed pancreatitis a month ago and that in conjunction with diabetes is life threateningly scary. A diabetic dog that won’t eat ends up in intensive care in hospital on a drip with glucose in one port and insulin in the other.
  7. Diabetes

    My understanding of diabetes in dogs is that a large proportion are type 1 diabetics I.e. autoimmune induced rather than diet. My Max is diabetic - type 1.
  8. The more carbohydrate you feed, the more insulin you will need. High blood sugar is dangerous, really low blood sugar is just as dangerous.
  9. dogs eating raw chicken

    A rebuttal to the original study https://www.dogsfirst.ie/raw-chicken-does-not-cause-paralysis-in-dogs/
  10. dogs eating raw chicken

    Interestingly, looking at the paper, the significance is with the bacteria Campylobacter, not feeding raw. They don't mention what the control group was fed and they appear to have thrown out results for small dogs basically because it would have made the results less significant. Also, as far as I can see, the design is more correlational than proving cause i.e. campylobacter infection is more common in dogs with APN, and campylobacter infection can be caused by contaminated raw meat. Just because events occur together does not prove one event causes another.
  11. dog peeing in the house

  12. What love looks like .

    He's gorgeous isn't he?
  13. Minis and giants are very similar in nature barring size (obviously). Our experience of all 3 sizes is that all 3 are stubborn in nature but standards are often a bit softer.
  14. Male Uti - Bladder Stones Update

    There are different types of bladder stones. struvite (calcium oxalate?) stones cannot be dissolved. Complete blockage of the uretha is deadly. you cannot tell the type of stone without pathology. I would not be mucking around with this.
  15. Internal Stitches

    Dissolvable stitches don't always dissolve completely. I was told it depends on the individual dog. When my mini schnauzer Max was desexed, he had dissolvable stitches and they didn't entirely dissolve. The remnants worked their way out over a couple of months. The vet did snip one and pull it out because it was irritating him. If he ever needs surgery and stitches again, we will ask for the non-dissolvable ones.