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SchnauzerMax

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. dogs eating raw chicken

    A rebuttal to the original study https://www.dogsfirst.ie/raw-chicken-does-not-cause-paralysis-in-dogs/
  6. 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.
  7. dog peeing in the house

    UTI?
  8. What love looks like .

    He's gorgeous isn't he?
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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