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  1. I’d ring them and describe it and see what the vet says. Max had something similar. It turned out to be absorbing sutures that weren’t behaving as described. If I remember correctly, they had to remove them like the old style ones. Post surgery consults should be free unless they have to do something unexpected and major.
  2. Gastrointestinal disorders can be associated with stargazing and licking their lips. Someone on another Schnauzer Facebook page posted this link https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4204840/
  3. I don’t know if they are connected but lip smacking is considered to be a reaction to nausea or pain.
  4. Insurance is a gamble. If you pay your premiums and don’t get anything back, you feel it’s wasted money. But.... We have had a a couple of catastrophic illnesses (2 emergency once offs and one long term chronic) and even with rapidly increasing premiums, we are still tens of thousands of dollars better off. And yes, I do mean tens of thousands better off. We could NEVER save enough to cover those costs by putting money away in a bank account. if you don’t get to claim against your insurance, you should be happy, you have a healthy dog.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. From memory, normal stitches are 10 days to 2 weeks to be removed. So, if they are still in evidence then, ask your vet.
  8. 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.
  9. I forgot to add - always read the fine print and know what you are covered for.
  10. 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.
  11. To much tripe. Should be a treat. Not everyday. Could be pancreatitis. A blood test at the vets will prove it / rule it out.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
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