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  1. After info on diabetes - just very curious

    The more carbohydrate you feed, the more insulin you will need. High blood sugar is dangerous, really low blood sugar is just as dangerous.
  2. dogs eating raw chicken

    A rebuttal to the original study https://www.dogsfirst.ie/raw-chicken-does-not-cause-paralysis-in-dogs/
  3. 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.
  4. dog peeing in the house

  5. What love looks like .

    He's gorgeous isn't he?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Vet Costs Over A Year

    Max has just cost us over $5000 for emergency surgery for bladder stones. There's not a lot of options when they are peeing blood But for Remy, the most I have had to pay was $350 for xrays because he ate a box of staples - he was fine because he chewed them very carefully and we gave him lots of soft food afterwards to help things 'pass'. So I guess it evens out in the end.
  10. Not quite right and pale gums, to me is straight to a vet, but I live in the city. Can you ring the vet and ask them without getting them out to the surgery?
  11. I have heard good things about "Benny & the Pets" which has 2 locations Belmore and Kogarah. We are not customers though. For routine stuff we go to Erskineville Animal Hospital but we usually ring up and find out which vet(s) are on before we go down there. Also, if it is an emergency we are straight to SASH in North Ryde.
  12. Pet Insurance

    Some vets are responding by charging an annual consultation subscription. Pay $300 up front and visit as many times as you need to. Good for dogs with chronic illness. Do you know if the insurers are paying this subscription or rejecting it? How does it work in terms of trying to get that money back do you need to wait until you have a claim for a chronic illness and pay the money up front then? The short answer is I don't know how pet insurers treat this subscription. The person (and dog) that I know that took this up did not have pet insurance.
  13. Pet Insurance

    Some vets are responding by charging an annual consultation subscription. Pay $300 up front and visit as many times as you need to. Good for dogs with chronic illness.
  14. Ray White Pooch Palace Sells For $1.25 Million

    April Fools right?
  15. I Am An Expert On Giving Meds:

    ...my kids feed on chocolate, peanuts butter etc....while this is not always the healthiest diet for kids, the ingredients are not - in the product specific dosage - toxic for them. It seems that some people don't understand that the digestive system of a dog works totally different, e.g. you can use one Xylitol tablet in your coffee and it won't do you any harm, however, one Xylitol tablet is enough to kill a dog....as chocolate does... BTW: Xylitol is not necessarily classified as artificial sugar replacement as it is a sugar alcohol and - in small conc. - prevalent in many fruits (hence a natural sugar). Therefore human food might contain Xylitol without the term 'Xylitol' mentioned on the package. ETA...some funny spelling errors :D ... ETA: ...instead of 'Xylitol' the package could state 'natural sweetener' for example... Yes but according to my reading of the food standards, if it is declared as "natural sweetener" or "humectant" or "stabiliser" it must also specify the E number e.g. "Humectant(E967)". So, you can either name it "Xylitol" or classify its use and specify the number. It should not be labelled as just "natural sweetener".