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  1. He sounds like he has vision problems. It may have absolutely nothing to do with a coccidia infection. Max did all those sorts of things. Running into poles, not being able to judge distances when jumping on and off the sofa etc. He was diagnosed with SARDS which meant he had gone from 100 to 0 sight in about 2 months and we didn’t realise the severity of his vision loss. You might need a eye specialist examination because with Max, our local vet thought something was wrong but was uncertain as to what exactly.
  2. Diabetic Dog Food Suggestions

    We use kangaroo mince (human grade) mixed with Vets all Natural Mix. It’s a mix of rolled oats and other stuff that you soak and add to the meat in a specific ratio to mimic their diet in the wild.. Kangaroo because Max got pancreatitis while we were trying out other commercial diets that were supposedly good for diabetic dogs and hence everything else has too much fat or is so tasteless that he would not eat it - which is dangerous for a diabetic dog. You could use whatever meat you think appropriate.
  3. Dental - to pull or not to pull

    From memory, normal stitches are 10 days to 2 weeks to be removed. So, if they are still in evidence then, ask your vet.
  4. Dental - to pull or not to pull

    With most dogs, they just dissolve. With my Max, they didn’t and had to be removed. Just keep checking his mouth and if they don’t dissolve, take him back to the vets.
  5. Pet insurance

    I forgot to add - always read the fine print and know what you are covered for.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Pet Adoption research

    User Experience a kind of web developer.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. The more carbohydrate you feed, the more insulin you will need. High blood sugar is dangerous, really low blood sugar is just as dangerous.
  13. dogs eating raw chicken

    A rebuttal to the original study https://www.dogsfirst.ie/raw-chicken-does-not-cause-paralysis-in-dogs/
  14. 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.
  15. dog peeing in the house